It was an absolutely amazing and fun day for the Fremont Tiger Swim Team.
On the girls side the Medley Relay of Emma Walz, Lauren Gifford, Kinley Shallberg and Karsen Jesse, started the meet off in fine fashion, placing 2nd. They dropped 3 seconds from their previous state automatic cut, and shattered their old school record of 1:54.74. This same foursome also took down the 200 free relay school record. The 200 free relay was previously 1:44.22, set in 2011,by Mary Alderson, Heather Wilbur, Cydney Granger (current FHS assistant coach) and McKenna Shallberg (older sister of Kinley). The new record is now 1:40.98, giving the girls the 3rd fastest relay in the state this year. They also set a new meet record and school record. Coach Ali Granger said, “We knew the record was going to come down this year, but we didn’t know when, and had no idea it would be by that much. The girls were ready to see it go and to finish the wall tear down they had started 3 years ago.” The foursome then added to their medal count for the day, placing 3rd in the 400 free relay. They lowered their state automatic cut they had set earlier in the year.
Along with winning and record breaking relays, Emma Walz added an individual win to her day, winning the 50 free and breaking her own school record by .01. The junior went :24.67, which gives her the 2nd fastest 50 in the state this year.
Lauren Gifford also got an individual gold, dropping 13 seconds in the 500 Freestyle, and just missed her 500 school record. Karsen Jesse’s best individual race was the lead leg of the 200 free relay when she lead with a 25.84, ranking her 35th in the state this year. She also swam the open 100 free and placed 11th for the tigers.
Kinley Shallberg also had a very impressive 50 free in the 200 free relay as well as her open 50 free dropped over half a second lowering her state secondary cut.
The B Medley relay for the tigers of Addie Schiemann, Avery Gossett, Kelseigh Olson, and Elizabeth Morrison swam a season best time and scored points for the tigers. Their stellar performance made it so both girls medleys were in the top 16. The 200 free relay of Ellie Schiemann, Gossett, Kylie Schurz and Morrison dropped 4 seconds, and placed 12th. The 400 free relay of Morrison, Addie Schiemann, Lolly Barnes, and E. Schiemann placed 14th. This was the first time ever all 6 girls relays scored at an invite. Elizabeth Morrison had an amazing day of swims going 27’s on her relay splits and a 28 in the open 50 free. Ellie Schiemann had a huge time drop in her 200 free, knocking off 8 seconds. She also dropping 2 seconds in her 100 breaststroke. Avery Gossett had a huge 5 second drop in her 100 free, and 4 seconds in her 100 breaststroke. Senior Juanita Menodza may have had the most exciting race and reaction for the tiger girls when she swam a lifetime best in the 100 free to cap off her swimming career with a 7 second drop. Although her first year on the team, Juanita has been huge in motivating others and giving her best effort the whole season. Kylie Schurz also swam her last sprints as a tiger, as she will focus on the distance races at the upcoming HAC meet. Schurz dropped almost 3 seconds in her 100 free, and over 4 seconds in her 100 breaststroke.
The Tiger boys races were just as exciting as the girls. The 200 Medley Relay of Juan Munoz, Jack Norris, Colton Juhl and Mack Prince, dropped almost 3 seconds, for a season best time, inching closer to the school record they set last season. The Tiger B medley of Conner Schurz, Logan Kirk, Isaac Follett, and Daniel Young went a season best time and placed 16th,so both boys medley’s placed at the invite! Junior Mack Prince had a huge break out meet. Mack has been looking so strong in practice, but after the medley he dropped 8 seconds in his 200 free going a 1:52.79 making him one of the fastest in FHS history. Prince combined with teammates, Juhl, Munoz and AJ Jacobus for the 200 and 400 free relays, where the boys exceeded expectations. The 200 free relay cut 3 seconds for one of the fastest relays in school history. They were less than a second off the 1992 school record. They also dropped over 6 seconds in the 400 free relay, where Mack Prince swam a :49 anchor leg! These boys have their sprints coming around and they are looking speedy as we head into HAC and state. Jack Norris had a break out swim in his 100 free, dropping over 5 seconds, :55.56. Teammate Juan Munoz hit a state secondary time in the 100 Free, while Logan Kirk dropped 2 seconds. More huge time drops came from Daniel Young in the sprint free’s and relays. Daniel dropped 4 seconds in his 100 free, then dropped another 3 seconds in the 400 free relay, breaking the one minute barrier for the first time.
Overall, The Fremont tigers racked up over 50 personal best swims. 5 medal swims. 3 school records. 7 state automatic cuts. 9 state secondary cuts. Fremont will host the Heartland Athletic Conference Swim meet, this Friday and Saturday. Prelim Action begins at 2pm on Friday at the Dillon Family Aquatics Center. Saturday Finals begin at noon.