Appleton, Wis. (WBAY) – The Appleton North girl’s swim team will be well represented again at the WIAA State meet in Madison this weekend. The Lightning will have eight swimmers competing in 10 events (7 individual, 3 relays) on Saturday, Nov. 12.
“That’s Appleton North swimming. We always have a pool filled of some State qualifiers. Neenah and us in the FVA are very great teams and we always compete against each other and Appleton North is one heck of a swim team,” Appleton North senior Britt Horn said.
“I would say it’s part of the dynamic now. We know we are going to make people to state. We want to make people to state. State is always our focus. Conference and sectionals are to prepare for state so we focus on those but we want to get as many people as we can to state including relay wise so we spread out our people around the relays so I’d say we definitely accomplished that goal this year. We have a lot of girls going which is super exciting,” Appleton North senior Lauren Hilt said.
Appleton North is led by seniors Lauren Hilt and Britt Horn and will compete in 4 events each on Saturday. The two seniors also made a splash yesterday signing their national letters of intent to division 1 programs. Hilt officially signed to swim with the University of South Carolina and Horn with University of Minnesota.
“It was unreal,” Horn said. “I remember as a freshman watching the seniors sign and I was like yeah that’s not going to happen for me and my mom and I would always joke around ‘go swim for Minnesota, no it’s too close to home.’ They had such an outstanding program, I’m not fast enough to go there. Signing those papers yesterday I was like it’s actually happening. To go to an outstanding Big Ten school to swim for coach Kelly (Kremer). It was just unreal yesterday.”
Hilt said she has been narrowing down colleges since her freshman year.
“It’s a long time coming,” Hilt said. “To finally sign, to know where I’m going, to finally say that I’m committed and that I will for sure be swimming in college is a huge relief off my shoulders. Going to school today I was smiling in hallways so it’s been super fun.”
State swimming begins tomorrow for division 2 and Saturday for division 1 at UW Natatorium in Madison, Wis. It’s $6 for students/adults for an all-day pass.
Friday, Nov. 11 – Division 2 Championships
1:30 pm – Doors open
2:30 pm – Division competition begins
6:30 pm – Swimming timed finals
Saturday, Nov. 12 – Division 1 Championships
9 am – Doors open
10 am – Division competition begins
3 pm – Swimming Timed Finals