Girls Varsity Swimming · Stieber sets school record in State Prelims

Feb 14, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS – Western Boone sophomore Micaela Stieber had a strong end to her sophomore season on Friday night at the Natatorium in Indianapolis.

The Star swimming standout placed sixth in her heat of the 200-yard freestyle the IHSAA State Finals in a school-record time of 2:00.35, lowering her time from the sectional by nearly half a second.

“I am pretty happy with the swim,” Stieber said. “I went another best time and reset the record, so it was good.”

Stieber was the lone Western Boone swimmer to make it to the State Finals.

Her time was good for 30th overall in the event.

“It’s a lot of fun to be able to swim here (at state),” Stieber said. “It is pretty challenging and nerve wracking, especially being the only one here from WeBo. But overall it was a good experience.”

Stieber missed the post-season last year because of injury and said her goals this year were to break some records and make it to state – both of which she accomplished.

Coming into the prelims on Friday, she just wanted to enjoy the experience.

“I wanted to break 2:00, which didn’t happen and I was a little off, but I just wanted to go out have fun and swim hard.”

Stieber was also the Sagamore Conference champion in the 100-yard butterfly this winter and didn’t start swimming 200s until later in the year.

It was the end of what was a difficult season for the Stars’ swim team, with the Western Boone pool being under construction, so the Stars couldn’t have a regular practice schedule.

“That was very hard on all of us, especially toward the end of the season,” Stieber said. “It makes making it to state a little more special.”

Western Boone’s Regan Gubera will competing in the diving competition starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter and Zionsville Times Sentinel. Follow him on Twitter