Turning Tables

Kate Weaver, Riley Sample, Carmina Armstrong, Madison Matheis, Sarah Smith, and Emma Hopf, all make up this years state team and will head off this Friday for prelims.

On February 2, the girls swimming and diving team set the stage in their preliminary finals. Prelims had an important role when it came to whether or not the girls would be able to pull off a sectional win for the tenth year in a row. With the team only having ten girls, they were in for an uphill battle from the start.

This year the girls swam “lights out” during prelims knocking out teams with multiple girls in top 8 and seating themselves up top. When the time came, February 4, the nerves were skyrocketing and no one was able to sit down. Then time came, shaking with nerves, the first relay walked out to start their event. Placing sixth, the team was scared of what else was to come, but in the next event, consider it a saving grace, freshman Madison Matheis, and junior Rhegann Weisheit went one and two, in the 200 yard freestyle, setting the tone for the rest of the meet.

Everything seemed to be going their way with senior Sarah Smith pacing first in diving and sophomore Zoe Biggs close behind in third.Sarah has had an very successful season this year beginning with her breaking the six dive record and ending with beating the three year reigning champion, Angelica Morrison, and finishing only 4 points away from the 11 dive record, she hopes to break at regional or state.

This is Sarah’s first year of diving, and she has broken a record, beat the 3 year reigning champion, and could very well break another long held record in 11 dives.

With only one event left, the Jasper Swimming and Diving team was in the lead by two points, Heritage Hills close behind them. At the start of the race it did not look the best for Jasper, Bedford North Lawrence keeping up with starter Kate Weaver, but when sophomore Riley Sample jumped into the water, it was all over, Jasper pulled ahead and stayed ahead with, senior, Emma Hopf swimming her hardest and pulling even farther ahead, then sophomore, Carmina Armstrong finishing the race with a time of 4:32 and a first place ribbon.

Not only was the team surprised by the outcome of the meet, but as were the coaches, Jenae Gill and Kristen Gutgsell both shed tears when they saw the results. With only 12 girls, the Jasper Girls Swimming and Diving team pulled of a miracle that no one thought possible.