Trinity Academy swimming
Kilgore, a sophomore, will compete in the 50-yard freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay at the Class 5-1A swimming meet on Friday and Saturday at Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka. Kilgore finished second in the 50 free as a freshman, just seven-tenths of a second behind her sister, Chesley, who has graduated. Kilgore also was part of the winning 200 free relay in 2013.
“It was really awesome. Her getting gold and for me to follow what she got, was amazing. It was crazy. I can’t even explain it. It was awesome to find out that we were first and second. It was mind blowing. We hugged and celebrated together.”
“It was a great experience. It was memorable swimming with her. She was a really strong leader of our team, and a great role model for me. She helped me to fight for my goals and helped me to be positive in the pool and outside of it. She helped me to be strong and just have a really positive outlook on swimming and everything.”
“I have a little bit of pressure, but they’ve helped me to stay confident. I heard a quote from Derek Hough on Dancing with the Stars where he said, ‘pressure doesn’t exist, we create it for ourselves.’ That was kind of cool to hear and know that we do create it for ourselves. Christian and Chesley have always been there to just give me love and they’re great supporters for me.”
“We have a young, growing group and everyone is really excited and positive. Everybody is very, very, very uplifting to everybody and encouraging. And when anyone is up for a race, everyone goes to the end of the pool and goes crazy for them. We have a great future for the next few years.”
“Since the sophomores are the oldest on our little team, yeah, we do need to be leaders for everyone else. We pray together before every meet. Put God before everyone else. I usually (lead prayer). I feel like as one of the oldest on our team, that I should lead it. I feel that God’s calling me to lead.”
“I want to be able to get best times, that’s my biggest thing. I didn’t get any best times at state last year, so that would be pretty cool. There’s going to be a lot of competition, so win or lose, to God be the glory.”