Anne Vormohr spent her freshman season felling records.
Last winter she set a pair of individual marks at Jay County and set three more in relays. And while she did it, she had someone driving her.
“My sister swam here and she graduated in 2009,” Vormohr said. “She was always pushing me, ‘You have to come in here and you have to beat my records.’ She’s constantly pushing me and encouraging me. So it was really nice to go and do what she told me to do. My mom too, my parents are always encouraging me.
“It made me feel like I had done something for them, too.”
Her sister, Cori Vormohr, was a four-year swimmer at Ball State. Her mother, Marcie, is a club swimming coach. Throw in her brother, Sok, who is a standout for the Patriots’ boys team and her cousin and teammate, Sophie Bader, posted a dominant 2012-13 season similar to Anne Vormohr’s own, and she certainly has the background and lineage to make her mark in the pool.
And now she’s back, a year after placing fifth in the 100 backstroke at state and competing in three other events, aiming for more. She went to a grueling training camp during the summer and has already been in intense training since September.
The Patriots were a strong, young team last year with Anne Vormohr and Bader, among others, and finished 11 points behind Central for a sectional title. They return a lot, and their coach, Matt Slavik, has high expectations for his second-year star.
“I think she’s in a position to improve her times this year,” said Slavik, noting athletes like her don’t come around often. “I think she’s trying to boost her national ranking. I think overall we’re looking to podium at the state meet in both events again and make the finals in two events.”
He said a top-three finish in the 100 back is a feasible goal.
But before that, Anne Vormohr is going to see a caliber of competition far beyond what she’ll see in Indianapolis at state.
From Dec. 5-7, she’ll be in Knoxville, Tenn., for her second consecutive trip to the AT&T Winter National Championships. She went last year when it was at the University of Texas to compete in the 100 backstroke.
Last year’s field included the likes of Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky (a swimmer the same age as Anne Vormohr). Vormohr finished 64th in a field of 80, led by none other than Franklin.
And now she’ll repeat an event that exposed her to a new level of competition and get the chance to spend a little time with family so invested in the sport.
“It was just really eye-opening to see how everyone comes into this meet and how good they are,” Anne Vormohr said. “It was a great experience and it was just really fun to go with my mom. It was just my mom and I and we flew down to Texas.
“And I’m just so psyched to go to Tennessee too.”