Photo by Theo Tate
The Granite City Warriors girls swimming team competed in the sectional meet at Springfield on Nov. 14. Front row (left to right) Madeline Sheridan, Emily Schulz, Brooke Hudson and Claire Ames (back row) Kennedi Coakley, coach Linda Ames and Kori Nesbit.
Just two weeks after her cross country season ended, Granite City senior Kori Nesbit was focusing on another sport.
This time, it was swimming.
Nesbit and five other Granite City swimmers competed in the Sacred Heart-Griffin girls’ swimming sectional championship meet on Nov. 14 at Eisenhower Pool in Springfield. The other swimmers were: juniors Claire Ames, Kennedi Coakley and Madeline Sheridan and sophomores Brooke Hudson and Emily Schulz. All of the swimmers compete with the Paddlers Swim Club in the summer.
“We had a pretty good season,” Nesbit said. “It’s a short season. We had only two meets. But without being in the water since July, we all did pretty well. I’m happy.”
The Warriors, who were coached by Linda Ames, scored two points in the 15-team sectional meet. They scored their only points in the 200-yard medley relay.
The 200 medley relay team of Nesbit, Hudson, Ames and Sheridan finished 12th with a time of 2 minutes, 19.35 seconds. Nesbit swam the third leg.
“The four of us have been swimming together on a relay since we were 8 or 9 and we’ve been seeing our times drop gradually,” Nesbit said. “We swam a really good time. It was exciting.”
Nesbit also finished 19th in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:31.48 and 25th in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:18.62.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Schulz, Coakley, Sheridan and Ames came up one place short of scoring points in sectionals, finishing 13th in 2:07.37. The top 12 finishers in each event at sectionals score points.
Hudson finished 33rd in the 50 freestyle in 32.48 seconds and 31st in the 100 backstroke in 1:24.23. Schulz placed 27th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:37.63 and 29th in the 100 freestyle in 1:11.34. Ames finished 30th in the 100 freestyle in 1:11.54, Coakley placed 34th in the 50 freestyle in 33.02 seconds and Sheridan was 23rd in the 100 breaststroke in 1:35.28.
Nesbit was the lone senior on the Granite City swimming team at sectionals.
“It’s kind of weird because they’re all coming back next year,” Nesbit said. “I’m going off to college, but I’ll still come back because we all swam together for so long.”
Edwardsville won the sectional championship with 305 points. The meet also included O’Fallon, Springfield, Sacred-Heart-Griffin, Springfield Southeast and Glenwood.
“It’s kind of intimidating because they swim all year round,” Nesbit said. “Then there’s us who were in the water for two months in the summer and two meets in the winter. But it’s really cool watching really good competition.”
Nesbit wrapped up her high school cross country career on Oct. 31 at the Class 3A sectional meet in Normal. She competed with the GCHS cross country team all four years. Nesbit started training for the track season on Nov. 16.
“I have some injury problems, but I’m finally back,” Nesbit said. “It’s exciting. I’m ready for my senior track season.”
Nesbit has been swimming since she was 4. She will be competing in her final year with the Paddlers swimming team next summer.
“It’s really bittersweet because I’ve been swimming for (Paddlers coach) Celeste (Furmanek) for so long and it’s my last season,” Nesbit said. “It’s kind of weird.”