Newton High’s girls swim team has finished third at the state meet the past two years, but coach Vicki Scheuermann hopes her team isn’t thinking about the past.
"I just want them to look forward to it," Scheuermann said.
In a program that has built momentum over the course of the coach’s 10 years, it wouldn’t be hard to look back and notice the achievements. But that’s not really the point for Newton.
"I don’t let them get into what we have done," Scheuermann said. "It’s a big thing to emphasize what we need to do. This year they have not had a hard time understanding that."
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Senior Christine Entz was third in Class 5-1A in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly last year and, Scheuermann, has progressed in the offseason. Sara Slifer is another state placer who will lead the Railers.
The Railers also bring back juniors Taegan Curtis, Katrina Gerbrand, Hanna Robinson and sophomore Rebecca Schrag, who all placed at state individually or as part of a relay.
Newton will also have the help of German exchange student Betti Fuhr.
"She’s very strong," Scheuermann said. "I’ve heard things about her trial times. She does everything, and from what I’ve seen she’s been good."
Scheuermann will get the first look at her team in competition Thursday as they travel to Derby.