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Girls swim team commemorates seniors

Teja Lemaster

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The Eaton senior girls compete in their last home meet

The girl’s swim team had an emotional night of swimming on January 23 as they commended the seniors on senior night and competed hard against Mountain View. In between events, five (diving) and six (100 yard butterfly) the ceremony took place. Tears and laughs were shared as seniors Mikeldi Lewis (18), Courtney Parsons (18), Kaitlyn Maker (18), Ciana Burroughs (18), Rylee Daniels (18) and Ashley Kuehster (18) individually walked alongside the pool, hugging teammates on the way down to their parents and coach. The crowd applauded each player as their best quotes and memories were shared aloud. It was a memorable night for all the players, as lower classman congratulated their older teammates and as the seniors acknowledged all the support they received from the coaches, players and spectators. Leah Fetzer (20) said, “Senior night was really emotional because I really like all the seniors because they’re so sweet and nice and I really don’t want them to leave.”

The diving team also shared a special moment as they welcomed back Mikeldi Lewis (18) after having been out due to her sprained ankle and broken toes. “Diving has been a huge part of my life for five years and I’ve never worked so hard for anything in my life. When I got hurt I was really sad and discouraged, but then I realized that it could’ve been so much worse and I just needed to get into the right mentality again. Tuesday, the day of the meet, was actually the first time I had been back on the board in almost two weeks, so my expectations for how I was going to do weren’t high. I just wanted to compete the best I could, which I guess was good because I won the meet and got a personal record!” said Mikeldi. With that, Eaton was able to perform better with all their divers competing together once again and Mikeldi having a good showing.

Swimming also had a strong performance with an opening win in event one (200 yard medley relay) as Cianna Burroughs (18), Aspen Hockley (21),  Lily Helzer (21)  and Leah Fetzer (20) all contributed to the placing.

Event two (200 yard freestyle) was also won by Eaton as Mckenna McGehee (19) held the lead the entire time and won by a huge margin.

More wins by Eaton came later in event four (50 yard freestyle) with Ashley Kuehster (18) and Rylee Daniels (18) dominating both heats with impressive wins.

Event six (100 yard butterfly )was also a success for Eaton as Emma Bjork (20) pulled ahead to place first in heat two and Daniels (18) lead the pack the entire time in heat two.

Event seven (100 yard freestyle) wasn’t as successful for Eaton as no one placed in first.

Event eight was then won by McGehee (19) who crushed the competition after holding on to first the entire time.

Event nine (200 yard freestyle relay) was also taken by Mountain View as they placed first yet again.

Event ten (100 yard backstroke) wasn’t won by Eaton until two, where Courtney Parsons won by over 5 seconds.

Event eleven (100 yard backstroke) was won by Olivia Hinchley (21).

Event 12 (400 yard freestyle) was taken from Eaton as Mountain View closed the meet with a final victory.

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