By Annie DeGrood and Katie Marshall
Kylie Andrews ‘18 dreams of entering a competition where world records are broken and dreams become reality.
“It would be fun to go to the Olympics,” says Andrews, who placed first in the 100 yard freestyle at the CHSAA 5A Women’s State Swim Meet on Saturday, February 13. Her winning time of 50.91 seconds is just a mere two seconds off of Missy Franklin’s record.
Andrews did not make the Automatic All-American time for the 100 freestyle (which is a 50.59) but she did achieve an All-American consideration.
“I feel pretty good, there’s a lot of competition in the pool. It was a positive environment in the team for the season,” says Andrews.
Andrews is currently only three seconds away from the Olympic trial cut in the 200 free. As a result, she has quickly become a valuable weapon to the Heritage girl’s swim team, with this only being her second year on the team.
“Kylie’s determination and tenacity have set her apart from other swimmers on the team. She knows what she wants to get out of swimming,” says science teacher and coach Mrs. Jill Schrader.
During the season, Andrews practices ten times a week and lifts for four days a week on top of swimming.
“My closest time is a half second to a second for 50 Free for the Olympics,” says Andrews.
Though Andrews herself certainly stands out on the team, she values the athletes she swims with at Heritage.
“Our team did really well! We all trained really hard…There was a lot more bonding this year. We all understood each other and respected each other,” she says.
After high school season ended with State, Andrews is on the grind again. She is training with her club team, Foothills Swim Team, for sectionals which will take place in Washington. She will have a two week break afterwards.by