Princeton girls work on times in water

Princeton girls work on times in water

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Princeton girls work on times in water

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Wyoming’s Lia Thomas competes in the 2015 sectional swim meet.

Wyoming’s Lia Thomas competes in the 2015 sectional swim meet.

The girls swim team at Princeton is in roughly the same boat as the boys. The only difference is the girls’ top swimmer isn’t a senior, she’s a sophomore.

Mikka Miquiabas was a district qualifier last season as a freshman.

Princeton coach Gary Tameris said Miquiabas is a “5-foot-4, little spark plug.”

“She’s a very good swimmer,” said Tameris of Miquiabas, “she trains with Mercy Healthplex and swims with us. Her main stroke is probably butterfly but she commands all strokes. She qualified to districts in the 50 freestyle last year, and we’re hoping to get her to that next level also; she’s got a lot of talent to work with.”

The girls have 16 swimmers in all, and they’re working on getting faster.

“The numbers are good there,” said Tameris. “We have 16 girls overall, and they’re in the same boat – most are freshman and sophomores. Princeton’s just going through a transition phase of getting talent back to where it’s gotta be. Hopefully we’ll start to climb that ladder a little higher.”

The Wyoming High School girls team is looking for its first Cincinnati Hills League title since 2011.

Last year’s team was young but gained valuable experience. Junior Lia Thomas and sophomore Rebecca Prangley lead the way.

They teamed with senior Sara Washienko and junior Anne Criddle on the relay team that qualified for state last year. Junior Charlie Donnelly also returns after qualifying for state in diving last year.

Now in his fourth season coaching the girls swim team at Roger Bacon, coach Ben Stone likes how the girls have approached this season. Stone pointed to the hard work he’s already witnessed before the grueling stretch of winter really takes its toll.

The Lady Spartans’ best shot comes in the form of junior Renee Finan and sophomore Sophie Hunter. Finan did not qualify for the district meet last season. Finan’s best events are the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly.

Stone said he believes Finan is “pretty much a lock” for districts this year. His reasoning is because of how hard she’s worked already this year.

If the rest of Roger Bacon’s roster follows suit, the Spartans could surprise some people this year.

Mount Notre Dame is led by Graci Doll, Corinne Herwitz, Amanda Puthoff, Annie Kruspe, and Kate Van Den Brink.

The Lady Cougars will field a deeper and more experienced squad in coach Pete Wagner’s second season at MND. That depth is bolstered by the addition of some swimmers who returned to the sport to compete for the varsity team after taking some time off from competition.

“This team is well-rounded and comprised of swimmers that are committed to the sport and not afraid to work hard,” said Wagner. Grace Menke earned diver of the year honors in the GGCL last year as a freshman.

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