Varsity girls swimming makes waves at Sectionals

Friends, fans and family members flooded the stands in Crown Point High School’s aquatic center on Saturday, Feb. 8, while the varsity girls swim team swam Sectionals. They came in third place with a score of 146, coming behind Munster in second place and Crown Point in first.

“[Sectionals] was really exciting. We’ve worked really hard all season and I think we surprised a lot of people with our place,” Kaitlyn Krachenfels (11) said.

Even though the team placed third, many of the individual swimmers placed first, or achieved a certain time and are able to advance to the state swimming competition. This swim meet is held at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Natatorium and will be on Feb. 14-15. These swimmers are Tracilyn Muszalski (12), Holly Spears (12), Brianna Shoemaker (12), Hailey Garlich (11), Victoria Springman (10), Marina Vasquez (10) and Jessica Lopez (10).

“It is really exciting to go for my second year in a row, and I hope I place better than last year,” Springman said.

For this year’s senior girls, it may be their last meet before they go off to college and continue with their lives after high school. Only two of six total senior girls on the team have committed to swimming in college, Muszalski to Ball State University and Spears to Indiana University.

“I am really excited; I bawled my eyes out at Sectionals knowing it was going to be my last time swimming as an Indian. I am excited to swim in college but I am also really scared because its a whole new group of people, and I have been swimming with these girls for four years,” Muszalski said.

The girls varsity swim team has ended their season with 10-3, and seven state swimmers are looking ahead to next year’s season and beyond.

“I am looking forward to next season. It will be really exciting to hopefully place better at Sectionals. It will be different because we’re losing some girls, but also because we’re gaining new ones,” Krachenfels said.