DCE Swimmers Splash Their Way to State

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D. C. Everest Girls Swimming Team swim their way to state.

D. C. Everest Girls Swimming Team swim their way to state.

D. C. Everest Girls Swimming Team swim their way to state.

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Splashing their way through practices and local competitions, nine D.C. Everest Swim Team swimmers qualified for the State Meet this year. Senior High students Beleni Mandli, Sophomore, Jordan Tatro, Junior, Emma Van Ermen, Junior, Megan Halembeck, Junior, Madalyn Peterson, Senior, and Riyah Rudeen, Senior, all qualified for state. D.C. Everest Junior High students, Sydney Schwantes, Sara Mayer, and Madalynne Van Ermen, qualified as well.

Madalyn Peterson went to State for a 200 meter Medley Relay, 400 meter freestyle, and the 100 meter backstroke. Peterson has gone to State for the past four years and is excited to take swimming on to college with her.

Peterson said her past swim seasons have really helped her with time management during her high school career.

“I had to fit things around practice, work, and school so I really had to figure out when to get my stuff done,” said Peterson. “I love swimming because my mind goes to a different place. I can think or not think, it’s all very silent.”

Emma Van Ermen, Junior, also qualified for State. She competed in the 200 and 400 Meter Freestyle Relays.

“My team helped each other out. It’s a really difficult thing sometimes. If you go too early you mess the whole team up, but if you start too late you could miss the time by a second,” said Van Ermen.

Peterson said she was nervous about performing but it wasn’t as bad since she has done this before.

“You’re not going to be the best one there so you have to be prepared,” said Peterson.

With working out and swimming comes balancing homework and other things. It takes a lot of time and dedication to get good grades and be a good athlete.

Van Ermen said she struggled at times with balancing her schoolwork and swimming.

“I love swimming so much, but it’s only going to take me so far in life,” said Van Ermen. “If I had a bad time in class and I had practice later that day, I would skip practice and focus on my schoolwork.”

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