Seniors key for Raider girls swimmersOctober 26, 2021
By HUNTER TICKEL
HUNTINGBURG — With 14-15 girls swimmers in the mix, fifth-year Southridge coach Amy Kaetzel has a shot at aiding program growth.
The strength of the Raiders' girls swimming and diving team is its veteran senior class.
“I’ve got five seniors, four of them are really strong,” Kaetzel said. “I really expect my senior diver, Ana Hewitt, to do well this year in diving.”
Hewitt notched a score of 333.65 in the 10th position at the Jasper regional last year.
In one meter diving at the sectional meet, she secured a bronze finish at 233.70, less than one point shy of second place.
As a racer, she finished second with three seniors in the 200 freestyle relay at 1:43.60. Hewitt has swum strongly in the 50 free.
Hewitt’s senior relay teammates are Jordan Biehl, Claire Hentrup and Adi Luker in what should be a flagship event for the Raiders. The latter three have competed in the same pool since middle school, and Kaetzel expects that trio to place well in sectionals.
The 2022 class is rounded out by Abbi Hall, a swimmer making a comeback after suffering a concussion in a car accident.
Another racer who is coming off an injury is junior Calista Martin, who specialized in the longer events - the 500 freestyle and 200 individual medley.
Having undergone knee surgery in the offseason, Martin is unlikely to be fully recovered for the opening meet on Nov. 18 at home against Gibson Southern and Forest Park.
Kaetzel said Jasper, which won the sectional by topping second place Tell City by 42 points, will be the team to target this year.
The boys team starts the season two days after the girls. Last year’s squad didn’t field enough swimmers for relay teams and didn’t score points in the sectional.
“The boys, I’m not really sure about this year,” Kaetzel said. “The ones that were here last year told me they’re not coming back because they are all working. Swimming wasn’t really a strength, it was something new, they tried it.”
A couple of fixtures in the pool this year are junior Brayden Reimann and after a two-year break, senior Luke Trout is back.
The boys take their mark on the starting block Nov. 20 at the Mt. Vernon Invite.
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