Gracie Olsen is always trying to accomplish higher goals.
She’s been breaking pool records in some meets, including another one Tuesday in a meet at St. Johns High School in a three-team meet involving the hosts, Fenton and Midland Dow.
She’s crushing the state standards needed to qualify for the D2 state meet as well. But, when you are a returning state champion, sometimes one’s standards are a bit higher than your typical prep swimmer.
“This season I’m really trying to start where I ended last year and so far I’m pretty close to that,” Olsen said. “But my goals are bigger and it’s frustrating right now, because I really haven’t reached that point yet. But it will happen. I’ll get there.”
There’s no reason to doubt the sophomore who was the Division 2 200 individual medley champion during her freshman season. She also finished state runner-up in the 100 butterfly. So what are Olsen’s goals for this season? When asked, Olsen looked to the team goals first.
“Team-wise I think we can really win a relay at state and definitely place higher up than we did last year because we have a really great team,” Olsen said. “Of course we did last year too, but this year I think we are going to place top three in the relay.”
How about her individual thoughts?
“I’m not sure what events I will do yet,” Olsen said. “I will plan out what I do at Metros and MISCAs and then I will plan out what I will do at state. I really want to get top two in each event this year.”
The Tigers competed defeated St. Johns and lost to last year’s eighth-place team at the D2 state meet, Midland Dow. Olsen won two events, earning another one of those pool records in the process. She broke the pool record in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:08.81. She also won the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.64 seconds.
The 100 backstroke was a huge event for the Tigers, as Fenton took the top three positions among the three squads. Delaney Fries won the event (1:10.58), while Abby Carrigan (1:11.66) and Mallorie Johnson (1:12.51) took second and third, respectively. Finally, Emma Jump earned the Tigers final overall first at the meet with a diving score of 211.45.
The Tigers had three other individuals earn second-place efforts. Lillie Kromer had two of them, finishing runner-up in the 50 freestyle (26.13) and in the 100 freestyle (56.27). Finally, Abigail Dolliver took second in the 500 freestyle (5:32.65).
All of Fenton’s relays finished second at the meet. Fries, Rose Haney, Abby Carrigan and Halee Alexander earned one in the 200 medley relay (2:08.47) while Olsen, Kromer, Dolliver and Sophie Stefanac earned the runner-up spot in the 200 freestyle relay (1:43.39). Finally, Olsen, Dolliver, Stefanac and Alexander earned a second in the 400 freestyle relay.