Katelyn Turner leads Zeeland by joyful instance; group swims previous Holland – Sports activities – Holland Sentinel
ZEELAND — Katelyn Turner was wanting ahead to with the ability to swim yet one more season along with her group.
The way in which 2020 has gone with COVID-19, nevertheless, the Zeeland senior wasn’t certain she was going to have the ability to have that likelihood.
It was a troublesome yr attempting to coach when swimming pools weren’t open, nevertheless it simply made Turner admire swimming and her group much more.
“This yr, I’m actually simply attempting to get pleasure from it as a result of after I take into consideration issues, I simply get in my head and my occasions don’t prove in addition to I would really like. But when I simply get pleasure from swimming with my group the occasions observe,” Turner stated.
That’s the mantra of her senior yr.
“I watched seniors up to now and a few of their largest regrets weren’t having fun with it,” she stated.
Zeeland coach Marc VanSoest has seen that in seniors up to now and is watching Turner, who was voted a captain by her teammates, be a constructive function mannequin for her youthful teammates.
“Katelyn Turner is an efficient flyer, however specializing in her as a swimmer is lacking the massive image,” VanSoest stated. “She is a real image of what a student-athlete must be. She works at all the things she does, and to high all of it off, she is only a particular child.
“She had a job mannequin in Taylor Hoeve. Taylor in her final 2-3 meets at Zeeland lastly got here by and realized how completely satisfied swimming made her and the way a lot she loved being right here and relished the chance to put on a Zeeland cap the final couple of occasions. I believe if Katelyn can take that web page from Taylor, it’ll be a extremely particular finish to the yr. Her legacy will not be going to be swimming. Will probably be her management and being an amazing function mannequin in all the things she does.”
The enjoyment of swimming is translating into the water as properly. Turner gained the 100-yard butterfly in 1 minute, 5.97 seconds, to guide Zeeland previous Holland 106-69 on Tuesday.
“That was a fairly good race for being midseason. Earlier than the race, we talked about I ought to get pleasure from swimming my finest occasion. I don’t have many swims left in my senior yr, so I actually have been attempting to have enjoyable and luxuriate in it — and that was probably the most enjoyable swim I’ve had but,” Turner stated.
Turner teamed with Elizabeth Brinks, Audra Eding and Kelsy Toth to gained the 200 medley relay (1:57.34).
Karinda Meeuwsen gained the 200 freestyle (1:59.16), going 1-2-3 with Chelsea Engelsman (2:02.13) and Katelyn Inman (2:02.52).
Eding led a detailed 1-2-3 end within the 50 freestyle, ending in 25.88, simply forward of Anna Sluiter (25.91) and Rylee Fowler (25.94). Fowler (55.35) and Toth (56.16) went 1-2 within the 100 freestyle. Fowler, Sluiter, Engelsman and Inman gained the 200 freestyle relay (1:45.56).
Mia Grant gained diving with 211.45 factors, forward of teammates Sadie Huizenga (197.25) and Carly Sleeman (190.60).
Inman gained the five hundred freestyle (5:26.97) forward of Engelsman (5:28.47) simply forward of Holland’s Lourdes Manderfield (5:30.20). Holland’s Natalie Legg gained the 200 IM (2:27.31).
Zeeland has a deep group with a number of already certified for the Division 1 state meet the place the group seems to be to enhance upon final yr’s Twelfth-place end.
“I don’t even assume we notice what potential we do have as a result of we practice collectively a lot, and swimming that quick is regular. Final yr was among the best seasons we’ve got had in shortly, and I believe we are able to do even higher,” Turner stated.
Having a big group of seniors and lots of of them sprinters, has given Zeeland unprecedented depth. It makes everybody quicker, particularly in the case of the 4 spots on the dash relay.
“It’s actually laborious to get relay spots however it’s enjoyable training-wise as a result of it’s simple to push your self on daily basis in follow,” Turner stated. “Each day is a brand new problem.”
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