INDIANAPOLIS – A terrific season came to an end for the Western Boone girls swimming and diving team on Friday night at the IUPUI Natatorium.
The Stars had five events swim in the State Finals prelims, but none were able to place in the top-16, ending their season.
“We had a good effort tonight,” Western Boone head coach Katherine Smith said. “They weren’t best times by any means, but we came out and did our best and hopefully we will be back next year.”
The day started out in the medley relay, with the team of Arianna Stieber, Adelaide Jones, Micaela Stieber and Ella Jones finishing in 1:58.61. That placed them 30th overall.
All four girls will be back next season.
“With them all coming back next year, I just think that have that determination and drive behind us,” Smith said. “They are going to be back and ready to go next year.”
Individually, the two Stieber sisters each swam in two events.
Micaela placed 29th overall in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:00.66 and 31st in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1:03.06.
“I thought we did well and gave it our best,” Micaela said. “We definitely tried our hardest. They weren’t the best times, but all-in-all it was a great season.”
This was the second-straight year the elder Stieber swam the 200-free at state and was the first in the butterfly.
Stieber, who also won the Sagamore Conference title in both events this year, was a little off of her time in the 200 from a year ago, but placed one spot higher.
She said while it helped having some experience competing in the state meet, it was still different because of all the differences due to COVID.
“It helped because I have been here before,” Micaela said. “But it is so different this year. I beyond proud of all the girls on the team, and thankful we had the opportunity to finish our season and accomplish our goals.”
Heading into her senior year next year, Micaela said she knows there are some things she needs to work on to get to the next level.
“I have to work harder training in the middle of sets and pushing myself past the breaking point,” she said.
Arianna placed 27th in the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:14.95. She also placed 29th in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:00.00.
It was a strong end to the season for the freshman.
“It was a little scary and intimidating competing against all the upper classmen,” Arianna said of her state experience. “But it was really fun overall.”
Arianna was also a two-event Sagamore Conference champion this year.
She said this season gave her a good foundation for the rest of her time at Western Boone.
“This gave me a good view of what to expect for the rest of my high school career and the things that I can do to get better,” she said.
Friday ended the most successful season in decades for the Western Boone girls swimming and diving team.
They finished runner-up in the Sagamore Conference Meet and won the sectional title for the first time since 1999.
With a lot of key pieces back next year, Smith said she is excited to see the girls build off this season.
“The girls brought great energy all year,” Smith said. “There was never a dull moment, we have a good time, but when it’s time to get down to business we do.”
Article courtesy of Will Willems and the Lebanon Reporter