Kierstin Komenda and Katie Schlemmer
SPRINGVILLE — Two Springville-Griffith Institute athletes earned the distinction of “swimmers of the week” at S-GI, this past week.
In her second year with the swim team, eighth grader Kierstin Komenda got the nod, after showing “so much growth and depth in her swimming ability,” according to Coach Karen Reynolds. Komenda participates in the 100-breaststroke, 100-freestyle, 200-freestyle and 500-freestyle races.
“This year, she started swimming mid-long distance and has seemed to find her niche,” Reynolds said.
After swimming the 200 a few times, Komenda dropped her time by 6 seconds. In the 50-free, she has seen a decrease of 4 seconds, from last season. Her 100-free has dropped 18 seconds, while her 100 breast has gone down 6 seconds. This year is her first in the 500.
“Her coaches are very proud of all her success and improvements this season and look forward to her future, here on the S-GI swim team,” Reynolds said.
Seventh grader Katie Schlemmer began her first year on the swim team this fall, after participating in the Springville Waves Aquatic Team Program that S-GI offers for young swimmers. “Schlemmer is an animal in the water,” Reynolds said. “She is a very versatile swimmer that has provided the team with points this year.”
Decreases in Schlemmer’s times include 20 seconds off the 200-individual medley, 6 seconds off the 50-free, 3 seconds off the 100-free, 8 seconds off her 200-free and 6 seconds off her 100-fly. In addition, she swims the breaststroke for the varsity team.
“Her hard work at practice and her consistent time improvements should be recognized,” Reynolds said, of Schlemmer. “Her coaches are very lucky to have her on the team and look forward to her future.”