Sturgis’ girls swimming and diving team picked up its first victory of the season Tuesday with a 97-86 decision at home over Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference foe Loy Norrix.
The 200 medley 200 free relay team of Jessica Cline, Anna Rueppel, Cleanna Crabill and Sydney Strawser finished first, as did Crabill in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-butterfly, Cline in the 200 individual medley and 500 free, Kylie Trail (100 backstroke) and Rueppel (100 breaststroke).
Results and times can be found on the Scoreboard page.
Crabill’s performances Tuesday gave the Trojans major points. The junior clocked in at 2:24.78 in the 200 free and 1:18.32 in the 100 fly.
“I just started really focusing on fly this season after a transition from distance (events), so I’m relatively content with how it’s going, though I’d like to see some huge time drops by the end of the season,” Crabill said of her season so far. This win was great for the team. Between all of the injuries and sickness we’ve had on the team, it’s a wonderful feeling for all of us. I’m hoping we’re only going up from here.
“Personally, I’m striving for career bests, not season bests, and that means I’m definitely going to have to shave some time off. I’m also aiming for more of a mental race with myself, pacing, etc., which is something I’ve always had a tough time with and am trying to get down before next year’s senior season.”
Posting personal bests for the Trojans were Lauren Falkenstein (200 free), Elizabeth York (200 individual medley, 100 butterfly and 100 free), Strawser (50 and 100 free), Cedy VanAlmen (50 free and 100 backstroke), Crabill and Tetzloff in the 100 fly, Chelsea Cole (50 and 100 free) and Danielle Maystead (diving).