Lady Tiger Sharks Swim to Success


After months of preparation, Lebanon’s Lady Tiger Sharks competed in the Sagamore Conference Finals at Crawfordsville High School.

“They [competing schools] were both really strong but we were able to come out with the win,” said freshman Summer Stogsdill.

Many swimmers and divers consider Crawfordsville and Danville their biggest competitors and with both competing at conference, they were up for a challenge. On January 13th, LHS Lady Tiger Sharks returned victorious. Leaving in first place was thanks to all girls who placed well both individually and as a team.

In the 200 Medley Relay our Lady Tiger Sharks placed second, the team consisted of Lucy Gascho, Summer Stogsdill, Lauren Gascho and Cayleigh Dial. In the 200 Free, Noelle Parks placed 2nd and Morgan Lawson placed 3rd. The 200 IM resulted in Lucy Gascho placing 3rd, Angie Zheng in 6th and Summer Stogsdill in 9th.

In the 50 Free, Cayleigh Dial placed 7th overall, Rylee Miller placed 8th and Brianna Martinez placed 13th. Lizzie Messenger placed 2nd in diving with Molly Garner in 3rd. In the 100 Fly Lucy Gascho swam to 3rd, Cayleigh Dial to 5th and Kennedy Gibbons to 8th.

Competing against seven other schools was seemingly intimidating for both swimmers and divers and freshman Morgan Lawson shares how she handled the stress. “Just letting go and swimming as best as you can is the way to go,” said Lawson.

Mind over matter came into play as the meet began. “I knew the girls had the physical ability to do it, they put in a lot of hard work. It was just going to take the mental capacity that we were going to win. We had to just get our heads in the game and be ready to swim in order to succeed. They just needed to believe in themselves and work as team in order to do their best,” said coach Wade Thatcher.

Thatcher has been coaching the Lady Tiger Sharks for four years now, and has seen improvement consistently within both swimmers and divers. With multiple goals broken, regardless of the win, the girls were sure to leave proud with the accomplishments made.

“Next year I hope we can all take a minute and kind of relax before we compete, I think it will help us,” said Lawson.

Next the Lady Tiger Sharks will be moving onto sectionals, where they will mostly be competing in order to break more of their own personal times, as Zionsville will be their greatest competition.

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“I hope we can work even harder next year so we see improvement for each of us,” said Stogsdill.

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