Sydney Richetto was one of the youngest swimmers in the City Meet on Tuesday at D.C. Everest, and also one of the most dominant.
The Wausau East freshman won the 200- and 500 yard free, and also swam the third leg of the winning 400 free relay team to help a dominant Lumberjacks squad to its 11th straight championship in the meet that also includes Everest and Wausau West.
“I’m happy, but I don’t think I could have done it without my team’s support and my coaches’ support,” said Richetto.
East coach Derek Steinke said Richetto has been a ‘pleasant surprise’ this season.
“She’s been swimming out of this world — really dominant in the distance events,” Steinke said. “She’s just a great kid all around and very humble. She doesn’t realize how good she is.”
The Lumberjacks won 10 of the 11 events to finish with 148 points. Wausau West and D.C. Everest had 70 and 54 points, respectively.
“It says a lot about our program and the girls dedication,” Steinke said. “Eleven years, that’s a long streak. I know they don’t want to be that class that stops it. They don’t want to be that first year that loses, and so the tradition is going to live on and hopefully it continues.”
Judging by East’s roster, there’s a good chance of that happening.
The Lumberjacks have 11 juniors, and two of them — Sarah Kane and Bethany Novak-Tveten — combined to win three individual events — and Novak-Tveten also was on two first-place relay teams.
East has just three seniors on its roster.
“Because we have a young team, it doesn’t mean that we can’t accomplish the goals that we want to accomplish,” said Kane, who won the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke and was part of the first-place 200 medley relay. “I think a lot of freshmen have stepped up to fill big shoes, and just because we don’t have a lot of seniors doesn’t mean we can’t accomplish our goal of making it to state.”
Two seniors — West’s Drew Detert and Everest’s Ashley Kroll — also had strong showings in the city meet despite both continuing to battle injuries. Detert has been dealing with a stress fracture in her back since last year, and Kroll tore her labrum last season, which required surgery.
Detert was second in the 200 free and third in the 100 free, while Kroll won the 100 free and was second in the 50 free.
“I think tonight was a big turning point (for the season), showing what I’m capable of and what I still have in me,” Kroll said. “That I can only go from there and get faster.”