Warriors shoot for improvement in pool

Smithville swimmers — Elise Denny, Kalyna Olsen, Trinity Riecker and Summer Heckert — pose for a photo during the 2018-19 season.

SMITHVILLE — Smithville’s girls swimming team is still in the beginning stages of its program.

And despite only qualifying one individual for state last season, the Warriors are encouraged with an abundance of returners for the 2019-20 season, its third campaign as a program.

“I’m thrilled to have so many of the girls return,” Smithville coach Katherine Schlimm said. “I want to see where I can take these wonderful swimmers this year. Last year many of them had never swam before. This year, I expect many of those girls to make a huge jump in performance.”

Emma Webb, last year’s lone state qualifier in the 100 butterfly, returns to the fold, along with a host of contributors including all-conference swimmers Carlisle Palmer, Trinity Reicker and Elise Denney.

Other expected contributors are: Summer Heckert, Cait Williams, Dallas Carpenter, Deanna Wilson, Kalyna Olsen, Lily Cutler, Lizzie Palmer, Michelle Gager, Riley Kochanowicz, Carlina Bogdon and Makayla Ferguson.

Schlimm said she expects newcomer Lily Palmer to make an immediate impact.

The Warriors finished fourth in conference last season. And, of course, Smithville wants to improve that standing in the third year of the program’s history.

“We want to move up in conference,” said Schlimm, who will be assisted by Bailey Grassley. “We would like three relays to qualify for state and more individuals to make state.”

Sports Editor Adam Burns can be reached at adam.burns@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6643.

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