Freshman swimmer Shelby Miller represented the McNicholas Swim Team on Feb. 21 in Canton, Ohio at the State Swim Meet. Miller was seeded 24th in the 500 Freestyle event, and placed 22nd with a time of 5 minutes and 23.83 seconds.
Miller was also part of the 400 Freestyle Relay Team, along with senior Olivia Fitzpatrick and juniors Karina Cabrera and Ashley Dundon. The relay broke McNick’s school record multiple times throughout the year, ending with a time of 4 minutes and 4.92 seconds and a 14th place finish at the Southwest District meet. The same four swimmers also made up the 200 Medley Relay Team, which also broke the event’s school record and placed 24th at Districts.
“Going to State was nothing like anything I’ve ever done before; the atmosphere was so exciting,” Miller said. “I wasn’t expecting to make it to State, and when I found out I did, my teammates were all really excited. Meeting my teammates has definitely been my favorite part, especially Olivia [ Fitzpatrick ] because as a senior she was so nice and supportive.”
Fitzpatrick said, “My favorite memory from the season was definitely when we broke the 400 Freestyle Relay record for the second time at the Coaches Classic. It was especially important to me because I’m a senior, and ending my career with these successes was really special.”
This year was also the first season for Coach Tessa Lengerich. Lengerich was a swimmer at Norwood High School, and works as an athletic trainer at the Commonwealth Orthopedic Centers. Assistant Coach Cindy Weeks said Lengerich’s background was continually helpful throughout the season.
“It’s been really nice to have her training and background knowledge because she’s able to tell the swimmers exactly what exercises to do and how to fix any problems,” Weeks said. “She has also brought a lot of good, positive energy and come up with a lot of ways to get the swimmers motivated to drop their times. She was a great addition to the team, and I think we had a very successful season.”