Craig goes distance to win RTC Girls Swimmer of Year
BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
The RTC Girls Swimmer of the Year was the best distance freestyler in the area and somebody who usually had the energy to climb the podium after an exhausting swim.
That would be Tippecanoe Valley junior Kendall Craig, who consistently swam under 2:20 in the 200 freestyle and under 6:05 in the 500 freestyle.
Craig helped carry Valley’s team, partially or entirely accounting for 55 of her team’s 92 points at the Warsaw sectional.
What follows is a list of the All-RTC girls swimming team.
Since swimmers often had different roles in dual meets, we place an emphasis on the conference and postseason meets. Just about everything a swimmer does during the season is designed to get them to be at their fastest once we get to Warsaw in early February.
We take full responsibility for this list, and we welcome your feedback.
Kendall Craig (Tippecanoe Valley) – Craig was also second at the TRC meet in the 500 freestyle. She has been Valley’s best distance freestyler for three years now.
Chloe Chan (Pioneer) – Chan came the closest to any Pioneer swimmer to making state, taking second at the Warsaw sectional in the 100 breaststroke.
Bella Riffle (Rochester) – Riffle’s specialty was the butterfly, but she was a truly versatile swimmer who stood out in just about every event she entered.
Hayden Lute (Culver) – Culver scored 45 points at the sectional, and Lute, a freshman, accounted partially or entirely for all 45 of them. She has potential to go under 2:10 in the 200 freestyle and under six minutes in the 500 free.
Melody Hisey (Rochester)
Makena Smith (Tippecanoe Valley)
Molly Vance-Gruss (Rochester)
Simona Faoro (Rochester)