In a show of character and team strength, the Princeton girls swim & dive squad carried on and worked hard to honor a young lady who meant much to them.
At the Sept. 19 home meet with Big Lake, the Tigers honored the memory of Hannah Middleton, a 2013 gradute and long-time member of the swim program, after she passed away in an auto accident Sept. 16. Messages to Hannah were scrawled in marker across the girls’ backs, and thoughts were with her and her family.
The Tigers then chose to withdraw from Saturday’s Watertown-Mayer Invite in order to attend Hannah’s visitation and funeral.
“The girls are doing very well considering. Our girls are strong and have a lot of support from their teammates, families, teachers and friends,” said Tiger Coach Sarah Schuppenhauer. “Hannah will be remembered to those who had an opportunity to know her and by those who only know her through the memories of others. She was a bright and charismatic young lady who will forever be in the hearts of her teammates and coaches.”
Big Lake went on to take the meet by a 138-48 score, showing the depth the team is returning from last year’s Section 5A runner-up finish (Princeton’s section). A Hornet highlight was Cassie Jahn setting a PHS pool record in the 200 Freestyle at 2:02.4. Jahn also won the 500 Free, but Tiger Montana Lawrence was just two seconds back at 5:33.7 for second in the distance event. Lawrence added a runner-up finish to Jahn in the 200 Free with her 2:08.3 time.
Meg Gourley stepped up with a win in Diving, scoring a very solid 206.9 that night for Princeton. Emily Cooley was fifth in diving (14.2.2). More Tiger highlights from the meet were: Julia Woodwards swimming to a 2nd in 100 Free (1:01.2) and 3rd in the 100 Backstroke (1:14.7); the 2nd-place 200 Free relay of Amanda Johnson, Colley, Woodward & Lawrence (1:54.7); and Johnson taking 3rd in the 100 Free (1:04.3).
The Tigers added a meet in lieu of Saturday’s invite for Tuesday, Oct. 22 against Ogilvie at the Princeton pool (6 p.m).