|Swim season ends|
|Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt|
HHS girls swimming on the Sterling High School team ended their season at the conference meet in Greeley Feb. 4-5.
The SHS team earned 125 points to place 7th.
Local girls finaled in nine events: Amy Krogmeier in four, Pam McWilliams in three and Briar Bergner and Malena McWilliams each in one.
Coach Adria Colver noted during the meet they were forced to finetune certain small skills they were unable to do without a local pool this season. “And I felt it paid off,” she added.
“Surprisingly, the placings won during prelims were held in finals,” said Colver. “Considering the unusual year of having to find ‘water,’ I felt the team swam wonderfully during the difficult two-day meet.”
Krogmeier finished 10th in 100 back, 13th in 50 free and was a member of the 5th-place 200 medley relay and the 6th-place 200 free relay. “She showed impressive polish in finals,” praised Colver.
Pamela McWilliams placed 14th in 200 free, 15th in 500 free and was a member of the 7th-place 400 free relay. “Pam made her 200 free her strongest event all year, and this meet was no exception,” said Colver.
In the 200 individual medley, Bergner placed 12th and Malena McWilliams 16th. “They both focused on technique in order to advance, and had strong swims,” said coach Colver.
Watching senior Brandi Orand’s 50 free and 100 free events, Colver said she was proud of what Orand has accomplished in two short years.
Additionally, Colver was pleased with Haxtun sophomore Katlin Davis’ first high school season. “She swam both freestyle events with confidence.”
“Overall, the Sterling High School team has had its share of injuries and illnesses, along with the Holyoke pool setback,” said Colver.
As a result, this is the second time since 1998 no one will advance to state next week from the Sterling team. “But we are looking forward to next year,” said Colver.