LINCOLN – The Fremont Tigers swim team came away from the Devaney Center with four school records and two state medalists after six Saturday swims in the finals.
The girls medley of Emma Walz, Lauren Gifford, Kinley Shallberg, and Karsen Jesse set a new school record Friday in the prelims going 1:51.10. The foursome then finished 13th on Saturday, just off the record. These four over the season have lowered the record by over 3 seconds from the previous record. The same foursome also finished 15th in the 4×50 free relay.
Finishing out the relays was the 4 x 100 of Elizabeth Morrison, Avery Gossett, Kylie Schurz, and Addie Schiemann. The four all swam lifetime bests and finished 29th in the prelims. “These were huge time drops and it was very exciting to see,” said swim coach Ali Granger. “Although we will graduate Gossett and Schurz, it was huge to see them end their career on such a positive note.” Morrison and Schiemann will swim for FHS next year,
In the individual events, Emma Walz placed 7th in the 100 backstroke. “The back was a very tough field,” said Granger, “and Emma swam her heart out to grab another state medal.” Walz has taken a medal at state three years in a row.
Karsen Jesse capped off her Freshman season placing 29th in the 100 breaststroke, just off her season best time.
Kinley Shallberg finished her high school career strong, placing 31st in the 100 backstroke and 25th in the 100 free. “Kinley’s dedication to the sport these past 4 years and many years prior has left her mark on FHS Swimming,” said coach Granger. “After coming back from a full shoulder surgery last season, we could not be more proud of everything she has accomplished. She leaves FHS holding all 3 relays records and has made them pretty tough to get for the future classes. Kinleys growth and determination as an athlete over the years is something any coach would be proud to say they watched one overcome. We will for sure miss her and everything she has done for Fremont Swimming.”
Lauren Gifford also finished her high school swimming career this weekend, posting a pair of school records. Gifford set a new school record in the 500 during the prelims Friday, breaking her own record – again. She broke the record for the first time during her freshman year, and has set it lower and lower throughout her 4 years. She finished 12th in the state in the 500.
Gifford also set the final school record of the meet for the girls team in the 100 breaststroke. “Going a 1:06.94 a huge step for any breaststroker,” said Granger. “She earned herself a state medal placing 7th on Saturday. Lauren will leave FHS with all 3 relay records, the 200 free, 200 IM, 500 free, and 100 breaststroke individual records. Her accomplishments over the years have been fun to coach, but even more fun to watch her grow as a person and athlete. She has left her mark at FHS and will be missed.”
The medley relay of Juan Munoz, Logan Kirk, Jack Norris and Daniel Young went a season best time, placing 29th in the state. Young and Kirk were both brand new to the sport this season, and to be able to make the state meet in your inaugural season is a “huge accomplishment,” said the coach. “While Young will graduate, we can only hope that Kirk comes back for round two.”
Colton Juhl, AJ Jacobus, Juan Munoz and Mack Prince set a new school record and made FHS history, making it into the consolation finals of the 4×50 free relay. The previous record of 1:32.24 was broken for the first time at conference, but the boys lowered it at state: going 1:31.50 and getting into the consolation swim. This gave Munoz a school record before his upcoming graduation.
The final boys relay of Juhl, Jacobus, Norris, and Prince swam a season best time, just missing the FHS school record. In a field faster than it’s ever been, the boys finished 19th, “which was awesome,” according to coach Granger. “Jacobus and Norris swam huge lifetime bests which makes it very exciting, as they will return next season.”
Individually, Mack Prince set a pair of lifetime bests in the 100 free, placing 19th in the state and putting him 2nd all time in FHS depth charts. He also finished 19th in the 100 backstroke and was .2 seconds off the school record. He now sits 2nd on the backstroke all time depth chart as well. Coach Granger is looking forward to what Mack can do as a senior next year. “Prince is only a junior so we are excited to get one more season with him and see what parts of the wall he can tear down,” she said.
Colton Juhl finished his high school career in fast fashion. Placing 23rd in a very loaded 50 free put him 2nd in the all time FHS depth charts, and his 21st place finish in the 100 puts him 3rd in that depth chart. Granger talked about the growth she’s seen from Colton, saying he’s gone, “from a swimmer who four years ago couldn’t put his head in the water and turn it to breathe, to being the fastest sprinter on the team and 2nd fastest in school history.” Juhl hopes to swim at Midland in his college career, as well.