Britt Horn had a record-setting season in the pool for the Appleton North Lightning.
The junior, who was named the Fox Valley Association swimmer of the year, placed in the top eight in four events at the WIAA Division 1 state meet.
She finished third in the 100-yard freestyle (:50.33), fourth in the 100 backstroke (:55.93), swam the first leg (:24.03) of North’s seventh-place 200 freestyle relay team (1:36.98), and swam the first leg (:51.46) of the Lightning’s fifth-place 400 freestyle relay team (3:30.99).
Along the way, she set numerous sectional and conference records.
For her efforts this season, Horn has been named Post-Crescent Media’s athlete of the year in girls’ swimming.
Set pool and sectional records in winning the 100 freestyle (:50.12) and 100 backstroke (:55.45) at the Neenah Sectional. Was part of Appleton North pool and sectional record-setting 200 freestyle relay team (1:37.59) and 400 freestyle relay team (3:31.91). Set FVA conference records in the 100 freestyle (:50.67) and 100 backstroke (:56.12). Swam lead-off on conference record-setting 200 freestyle relay (1:38.62) and 400 freestyle relay (3:32.99).
Swimming event, thing about swimming: “I would go with the 100 free as my favorite swimming event. I just like the constant challenge and all the work that leads up to your races and being better each time you get in the pool.”
Non-swimming sport: “I love football.”
Athlete: “I would to go with Eddie Lacy. Even though he’s having a bad season, I still like the guy.”
Way to relax: “I really like to draw and paint. That relaxes me a lot.”
Healthy food: “Pineapple.”
Not-so-healthy food: “Chocolate-covered strawberries.”
If I could …
See any person or group in concert? “Eric Church. I just really love country music and I think he’s the best.”
Meet any athlete? “Aaron Rodgers.”
Take more classes about? “Probably just going back to art. Taking more advanced art classes and learning more about art.”
Change one thing in the world? “To not have morning practices.”
In her words
How do you top this year? “By taking those experiences and applying it to next year. It’s about ‘you did good this year. Take what you learned and next year just do better.’ Swimming has taught me extreme hard work and applying myself in school and being surrounded by people you love. It teaches you how to be an excellent student. You’ve got to learn how to manage your time and get good grades.”
From her coach
“Britt is a hard-working swimmer. When she is not able to get to team practice, she finds some way to get her practice in, even if it means getting up early before school. Not only is she dedicated to her own goals, she is dedicated to the goals of the team. She helps others out on the team, organizes and goes to team happenings, and so much more. Britt is such a hard worker that when she feels that she may not have swam her best, she thinks about ways to fix her stroke and works hard during practice to fix it.” — Jonathon Karrels, North coach.
Jim Oskola: 920-993-1000, ext. 230, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Family: Parents, Chris and Tim; sister, Lizzie.