Heights’ freshmen stand out; East claims another City League swimming title
Maggie Hatfield woke up Thursday morning barely able to raise her left arm above her head and having not dipped into a swimming pool for nearly two weeks.
The Heights freshman went to bed Thursday evening a City League champion, claiming the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle titles at North’s swimming pool.
Hatfield said she received a cortisone shot on Monday and will swim in pain for the next two weeks until after the state meet, when she will have an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.
But for now, Hatfield feels golden.
“I’m trying not to focus on it,” Hatfield said. “I’m just trying to get through league and state and do well. I love the meets. I’m very competitive, so this is my favorite part of the whole experience. I’m just really happy right now.”
The injury occurred in practice last week, but not even Hatfield knows when exactly it happened. She suspects her right shoulder popped in and out of place making a turn.
That didn’t stop her from winning the 50 free in 25.26 seconds and the 100 free in 53.86.
“Coming into (Thursday), I didn’t know if she would even swim,” Heights coach Dale Heckman said. “For her to come in today and do what she did, either the pain disappeared or she sucked it up and swam. It was a pretty amazing effort.”
East won its sixth consecutive City League championship as a team.
The takeover — Freshmen won five of the nine individual events and placed six on the all-league first team.
Hatfield’s teammate Katelyn Blattner was the standout, breaking the 200 free record by less than a tenth of a second in 1:55.43 and shattering the 500 free record, which had stood for 25 years, by five seconds in 5:09.15.
“It’s a great feeling to know I have three more years left and everybody is behind me,” Blattner said. “It’s just a stepping stone. I swim club year-round, so I want to keep working hard and keep getting those records.”
Along with Hatfield and Blattner at Heights, East’s Madison Allen, Aiden Chan, and Brenna Vandeventer, and Carroll’s Tatum Hilger were the other freshman named first-team all-league.
“I have six freshmen that are qualified for state,” East coach Joe Hutchinson said. “And I think a couple of them are going to get up there and score, as well. So I’m really enthusiastic about what this group can do.”
More records fall — East senior Olivia Tran finished her career at the league meet by setting a school record in all four of her events: the 100 butterfly (57.15) and backstroke (57.47), along with a leg on the 200 medley (1:53.16) and freestyle (1:41.24) relays.
“A lot of it has to do with my timing,” Tran said. “Utilizing my underwaters at the right time and breaking out at the right time with my finishes. It was one of my better meets.”
East was most excited about the 200 free relay, as the team of Tran, Sammy King, Caitlyn Goodman and Madison Allen had never teamed together.
“I think that was really interesting,” Tran said. “It’s one of those things that I can’t really explain. It just happens.”
Four for four — Bishop Carroll senior Madison Hutchison closed out her career with four championships in the backstroke, winning on Thursday in 57.68.
“It feels really good to four-peat,” Hutchison said. “I’m just glad that I ended City on a high note because that felt great. I’m just excited to swim one last time with my team and my coaches. It was a great night.”
Team scores—1. East 398, 2. Heights 212, 3. North 184, 4. Bishop Carroll 168, 5. Kapaun Mount Carmel 141, 6. Northwest 106, 7. Southeast 60, 8. South 42, 9. West 26.
200 medley relay—1. East (Tran, Chan, King, Goodman) 1:53.16; 2. Heights 1:55.35; 3. Carroll 1:55.88. 200 freestyle—1. Blattner, Heights, 1:55.43; 2. Allen, East, 1:58.44; 3. Hilger, Carroll, 2:01.97. 200 IM—1. Lassley, North, 2:16.05; 2. Vandeventer, East, 2:19.85; 3. Chan, East, 2:19.94. 50 freestyle—1. Hatfield, Heights, 25.26; 2. Buller, Heights, 25.65; 3. Goodman, East, 25.99. Diving—1. Aaby, Northwest, 352.35; 2. Clough, East, 317.55; 3. Maynard, Southeast, 281.50. 100 butterfly—1. Tran, East, 57.15; 2. Hutchison, Carroll, 57.68; 3. King, East, 1:02.47. 100 freestyle—1. Hatfield, Heights, 53.86; 2. Allen, East, 54.42; 3. Lassley, North, 55.18. 500 freestyle—1. Blattner, Heights, 5:09.15; 2. Hilger, Carroll, 5:29.16; 3. Vandeventer, East, 5:33.01. 200 freestyle relay—1. East (Tran, King, Goodman, Allen) 1:41.24; 2. Heights 1:42.77; 3. North 1:44.52. 100 backstroke—1. Hutchison, Carroll, 56.88; 2. Tran, East, 57.47; 3. Anderson, East, 1:05.06. 100 breaststroke—1. Chan, East, 1:09.05; 2. King, East, 1:12.64; 3. Lavacek, East, 1:14.37. 400 freestyle relay—1. East (Martin, Allen, Wilson, Chan) 3:49.46; 2. North 3:50.83; 3. Carroll 3:55.96.
All-City League Teams
First team—Jessica Aaby, Northwest, jr.; Madison Allen, East, fr.; Katelyn Blattner, Heights, fr.; Kelsey Buller, Heights, sr.; Aiden Chan, East, fr.; Caitlyn Goodman, East, jr.; Maggie Hatfield, Heights, fr.; Tatum Hilger, Carroll, fr.; Madison Hutchison, Carroll, sr.; Samantha King, East, jr.; Abbey Lassley, North, sr.; Olivia Tran, East, sr.; Brenna Vandeventer, East, fr.
Second team—Toni Anderson, East, sr.; Gabi Biby, Carroll, jr.; Julia Blasdel, Northwest, sr.; Hannah Chadd, Carroll, fr.; Cheyenne Cheek, North, sr.; Kara Clough, East, fr.; Alyssa Packer, Heights, sr.; Isabelle Shepherd, East, fr.; Angela Smith, North, sr.; Kelly Smith, North, sr.; Grace Vanderpool, Kapaun, so.; Audrey Wilson, East, fr.; Kayla Zimmerman, Heights, jr.