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One final dip in the pool

Sami Fritz breaks school records at state swim meet
By ANDY HALLMAN Ledger news editor | Nov 07, 2016
Source: PHOTO COURTESY OF PAM BAUMANN Fairfield senior Sami Fritz races to the finish line during the 100-yard butterfly at the state swim meet Saturday in Marshalltown.

MARSHALLTOWN – By the end of the season, many athletes are getting tired from the daily grind of practices and meets. Sami Fritz is no ordinary athlete.

She has broken countless school records during her senior season, and regardless of how she would have performed at Saturday’s state swim meet in Marshalltown, would have gone down as one of the greatest swimmers in the history of Fairfield High School. Fritz used the meet as an opportunity to put a bow on her already great career.

It’s remarkable to think that Fritz was not even on the swim team her first two years of high school when she opted to focus on other sports. She changed her mind about swimming during her junior year, deciding to give it another shot. She went on to break four school records and qualify for state.

How could Fritz top that in 2016? By breaking more records, of course. Meet after meet, Fritz broke her own school records in the 100-yard butterfly and 50-yard freestyle.

Fritz had one final chance to cement her legacy in the record books Saturday when she descended into the water for her two signature events. In the 50-yard freestyle, she blazed to 10th place, breaking her old school record with a time of 24.38. Her mark in the 100-yard butterfly was even better, stopping the clock at 56.89 for third place and a new school record. The third place finish meant she would be recognized on the medal stand at the state meet, every athlete’s dream at the beginning of the year.

For placing so well in those two events, Fritz put Fairfield 21st out of 32 teams, despite being the school’s lone swimmer. Making her accomplishments even more impressive is the fact that swimming is not divided into classes, meaning Fritz was competing against athletes from the largest schools in Iowa.

The 100-yard butterfly was won by Kelsey Drake of Linn-Mar with a time of 54.48. Sarah Schemmel of Muscatine won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.71. Ames won the team competition handily with 341 points, well ahead of second-place Bettendorf’s 189.

Though her time in the pool has come to an end, Fritz doesn’t have much time to relax. She was a star of the basketball team last season when she was one of two Trojans named to the All-District team. Basketball practices are underway, and the team has its first contest Saturday when it travels to Cedar Rapids for a scrimmage with Cedar Rapids-Kennedy.


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