Swimmer Spotlight

Posted July 24, 2013 at 12:00 am
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Photo Courtesy Jodi Baumberger
senior swim team member Kirstyn Fiala cut 11 seconds from her 200 Freestyle last weekend, qualifying her for the State A Meet July 27-28 in Brookings.

This week I have chosen two very hard working individuals to be featured as MSC’s Swimmer Spotlight.

First is Kirstyn Fiala, the daughter of Joe and Andrea Fiala. Kirstyn is one of our seniors and has been in swim team for 9 years. I have chosen Kirstyn for many reasons. Among those are her dedication to the team, her hard work and the double role she plays for MSC. As a swimmer she has worked very hard this season in practice and in meets. Due to her hard work Kirstyn had an amazing race in her 200 Freestyle this past weekend with an 11 second time cut at the State B Championships, qualifying her for the State A Meet, which will be held next weekend in Brookings.  Her favorite swim team memory is from her first year of swim team. “I was at my clarinet lesson and after that was over I rode my bike as fast as I could to the pool. As I was arriving, everyone was leaving. I had missed my very first practice because I got the times mixed up. It wasn’t very funny then, but it makes me laugh now to think of me pedaling as hard as I could with my clarinet case in hand.” Kirstyn’s second role for our team is as our assistant coach. She works great with our younger swimmers and they all see her as a big role model. Thank you for all of your help with our younger swimmers and congratulations on such a great season Kirstyn!

Our second swimmer is Abby Ketelhut. She is the daughter of Mark and Terice Ketelhut and has been a part of the Miller Swim Club for many years. Her favorite swim team memories are from when her older brother Colton and Ana Nelson were in swim team. The Freestyle is her favorite stroke to swim. “I have chosen to recognize Abby this week for all of her effort and positive attitude she has for MSC and the sport of swimming. This year Abby has really stepped out of her “swimming comfort zone” and pushed herself harder than she ever has. With her work ethic toward swimming I know she will continue to push her boundaries and improve her times.” This past weekend Abby qualified for the 50 Freestyle during a time trial. For those of you who are unfamiliar with a time trial in the sport of swimming they are swam at the very end of the day, after all other events are completed. Swimming time trials is a very difficult thing, and to qualify is even harder. I would like to congratulate Abby on qualifying for the State A Swim Meet in Brookings next weekend and cannot wait to see how the rest of her season goes.

Congratulations to the following on qualifying for the State Meet! It is a wonderful accomplishment and we wish you luck as you travel to Brookings this coming weekend! ~ Coach Amanda Taylor and fellow teammates.

Jordan Houdek – 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 100 Breast, and 200 Breast

Trey Waldrop – 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 400 Free, 800 Free and 200 Fly 

Carter Kindle- 50 Free and 100 Free

Lucas Simpson- 50 Free

Joey Simpson- 50 Free

Tate Ketelhut- 50 Free, 100 Free

Mason Breitling- 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free and 400 Free

Eli Jones- 50 Free and 100 Free

Kaili Wilson- 50 Free

Abby Ketelhut- 50 Free

Kirstyn Fiala- 200 Back, 200 Free, 200 Breast, and 100 Back

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Photo Courtesy Jodi Baumberger
Abby Ketelhut, above, qualified for the State Swim Meet. Coach Amanda Taylor recognizes her for her positive attitude and work ethic.

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