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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 19, 2018

Girls improve times vs. Keokuk

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Sep 19, 2017
Photo by: ANDY HALLMAN/Ledger photo Tessa Seibert swims the 200-yard freestyle Thursday at the Roosevelt Aquatic Center. The Trojans swim against at 8 a.m. Saturday in Burlington, then at 5 p.m. Monday in Tipton.

The Trojan girls’ swim team had a great meet Thursday against the visiting Chiefs of Keokuk.

The lack of swimmers this year has made it nearly impossible for Fairfield to earn enough points to win meets. That hasn’t stopped the girls from working hard to reduce their times.

Assistant coach Brittany Winslow said the girls have shaved time off every individual and relay event since the season began. Erica Olson has seen the most dramatic improvement, cutting her time in the 500-yard freestyle by 35 seconds since the first meet.

“All the girls are working hard and their motivation is increasing,” Winslow said. “I can’t wait to see what they will do in the future.”



Olson won the aforementioned 500-yard freestyle with time to spare, beating the second-place finisher by 23 seconds. Olson finished in 7:26.27. The 500-yard event is a grueling race that requires swimmers to go from one end of the pool to the other and back 10 times. Despite the huge lead, Olson turned on her afterburners for the final lap, completing it in just 38.65 seconds, her second fastest lap of the 10 (her first was the fastest at 37.72).

The relay team of Emily McAvan, Tea Harris, Danielle Elliott and Kyra Hunter placed second in the 200 yard medley relay with a time of 2:53.55.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Olson touched the wall first with a time of 2:39.55. Teammate Tessa Seibert’s 2:47.90 mark was good for second place.

Elliott won the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:55.58.

In the shortest race of the day, the 50 yard freestyle, Harris placed second in 37.35 and Hunter placed fourth in 40.96.

Elliott was second in the 100-yard freestyle, stopping the watch at 1:06.24. Seibert was about nine seconds behind her at 1:15.67. McAvan was fourth with a time of 1:22.80.

The relay team of Hunter, Harris, Seibert and Olson won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:25.34.

In the 100-yard backstroke, McAvan placed second with a time of 1:39.38. Hunter was fourth with a time of 1:50.14.

Blair Bowman took silver in the 100-yard breast stroke with a time of 1:31.07. Harris took fourth with 2:09.60.

Fairfield’s relay team placed second in the 400-yard freestyle, composed of Elliott, McAvan, Olson and Seibert. Their time was 5:07.64.

The girls’ next meet is at 8 a.m. Saturday in Burlington. The one after that is at 5 p.m. Monday in Tipton.

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