On Saturday, February 18, three Pioneers swimmers, Abbey Esslinger, Lindsay Fairbanks, and Patrick Northrup, competed in the 4A state meet. Throughout the entire season each of these Pioneers were dedicated and led the team. Their dedication paid off when they went to the state meet. Abbey Esslinger placed 11th in both the 200 Individual medley and the 100 breast. Lindsay Fairbanks placed 18th in the 500 free. Patrick Northrup placed 10th in the 200 free and 12th in the 500 free.
“I was really happy with my swim,” said Lindsay. “It was my best meet of the year.” She described how leading up to States in each of her meets she had been dropping time. She said States was her best time of the year. “My greatest strength is my endurance,” said Lindsay. Lindsay is an endurance swimmer for the Pioneer team. “It takes me a little while to get going,” continued Lindsay, “and then once I’m going, I can bring back the back half of my race.” The back half of her race is faster than the first half. Lindsay said that she wished she could have improved on her walls at States, but she wanted to make sure her time was as fast as possible. Sadly, the Pioneers will be losing Lindsay next year because she is a senior. Lindsay plans to continuing swimming in college in JMU’s club division.