Junior Lauren Sitzman earned points in both of her individual events, leading the Vikings to a 13th place finish at the Metro Conference Championships on Friday, February 12, 2021. Sitzman posted a career-best time in the 200 Freestyle, placing 16th. Her time is tied for 5th fastest in the school’s documented records. In the 100 Backstroke, Sitzman placed 10th. It was the fastest girls’ backstroke time since 2003 and 4th fastest in school history.
Seniors Vienne Kemper and Teresa Gibbons posted season-best times while finishing just outside the Top 16. Kemper’s 100 Freestyle was her fastest split since leading off the 400 Freestyle Relay at state in 2019. Her backstroke time improved her previous-best time as a Viking in 2018. In the 100 Butterfly, Gibbons dropped over 4 seconds from her previous best time this season. Ninth grader Molly Burk finished with season-best times in the 50 Freestyle and 100 Breaststroke.
The team of Sitzman, Kemper, Gibbons and Burk achieved a secondary state qualifying time in the 200 Freestyle Relay, placing 11th. They finished 10th in the Medley Relay. The Vikings, along with ninth grader Sofia Acosta, will swim both relays at the state meet in two weeks. Sitzman and Kemper, with secondary qualifying times in multiple events, must wait to learn what events individuals from other teams with multiple automatic qualifying times will choose to swim at the state meet.