Looking back on the 2016-2017 season, the Tiger Sharks successfully had another record-breaking year for a few of its swimmers. Three swimmers broke records this year and are bringing a lot of motivation to the offseason training for not just them, but the rest of the Tiger Sharks who are eager to break records as well.
Junior Noelle Parks tied the 200-yard freestyle record previously held by Kailyn Stogsdill. Parks, to her surprise, tied the record at the sectional pre-liminary meet on February 2nd at Zionsville High School.
“I had been chasing this record for a long time but my shoulder injury and pain I had experienced earlier this year set me back a bit and I was honestly not expecting my time to drop let alone tie the record,” said Parks.
Parks only needs to drop her time by one one-hundredth of a second to officially break the varsity record, and she plans on training really hard to do so over the offseason into next year.
“My goal is to definitely break the record next year but I first need to heal my shoulder so I can practice fully and be a better swimmer for next year,” concluded Parks.
Freshman Lucy Gasho broke both the 100 fly and 200 individual medley freshmen records this past season for the Tiger Sharks.
“I had no idea I broke the 200-individual medley but I was not at all surprised when I broke the 100 fly because that is what I was striving to break all year long,” said Gasho.
The freshmen 100 fly record was previously held by Kailyn Stogsdill and the freshmen 200 IM record was previously held by Gabi Reese. Gasho plans on working towards beating these varsity records, including the 500-freestyle varsity record, through working out and swimming club this offseason.
Senior Carter Dial also had a successful senior season swimming for the Tiger Sharks. Dial broke the 100-yard backstroke record which he previously held and had broken before.
“I wasn’t too surprised when I broke it because it was already my record but it was cool to know I had broken it for the 4th time,” said Dial.
When asked about what this accomplishment means to him, Dial responded, “This meant a lot to me because it shows that my hard work and dedication has made me the fastest backstroke swimmer in Lebanon history!”
Dial has not officially decided on where he will continue swimming at the collegiate level, but as of now he is leaning towards Ball State University.
Congratulations to all three of these swimmers on their accomplishments this year and we look forward to seeing what the Tiger Sharks can do in the pool next year!