The largest number of qualifiers since 2008 from Omaha North represented the Vikings at the NSAA State Swimming Championships, February 23-24 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Vienne Kemper capped her 9th grade season by being the first Viking girl to swim in an event final since 2003, earning 8th place in the 200 Individual Medley. She followed that effort with a 13th place finish in the 100 Butterfly, making her the first Viking girl to score points in two individual state events since 2004. Liam Murray also earned a 13th place finish in the 50 Freestyle on Saturday, the first Viking boy to score individual points since 2007. On Friday in preliminaries, even though he did not advance to finals, Murray became just the 2nd Viking to post a sub-50 second 100 Freestyle time.
All four relays posted season-best times in the state preliminaries. Anna Kay Sitzman, Ann Fox, Julienne Kemper and Vienne Kemper finished 23rd in the 200 Freestyle Relay and 21st in the 400 Freestyle Relay. Sitzman’s lead-off leg in the 400 Relay, the last swim in her senior year, was the fastest official 100-yard time posted by a Viking girl since 2012. Both relays for the girls’ cracked the Vikings’ all-time Top 10, the first time that has happened in 15 years. Nick Hausman, Nate Schlader, Lee Yoder and Liam Murray place 19th in the 200 Freestyle Relay and 21st in the 400 Freestyle Relay, with both boys’ relays landing at #3 on the Vikings’ all-time charts.
The 2017-18 season was arguably the most successful season for the combined girls and boys program since 2003. At the season-ending banquet, Coach Sean Froemming noted many of the season’s achievements as well as many signs for continued success in the coming years.