Photo used with permission from Rachel Ropski
by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief
Theresa Godlewski, sophomore, not only continued knocking seconds off her record breaking backstroke time, she also qualified for State in two events during Sectionals.
Godlewski heads to State today at Evanston High School to compete in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke events.
“When Theresa qualified for state in the 100 free everyone was just so excited and happy for her,” Lisa Hanrahan, swim coach, said. “Our fans in the stands were going crazy as were I and the other girls.”
After breaking the school record at her first home meet with a time of 1:01.48, she finished Sectionals with a time of 0:58.56.
She is the first State qualifier for WHS since Liseli Baich, ‘09 graduate, in 2009 in the 100-yard breaststroke. Wheeling has not had a female athlete qualify in two events since Kristin Stoudt, graduate, competed in 1986.
“I’ve never seen my coaches and the girls so excited. We all had tears in our eyes as we hugged her. Just talking about it I get goosebumps,” Katharine Schwarz, senior, said.
WHS started off Sectionals with a sixth place finish in the 200 medley relay made up of Shannon Richards, sophomore, Emily Zieger, junior, Godlewski and Michaela Rozmus, junior.
“The girls received a medal and got to stand on the awards podium. Being able to medal in the first event kind of set the momentum for the rest of the meet and we had 100 percent of our girls get personal bests,” Coach Hanrahan said.
Godlewski is seeded 32 in State in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.15 and 23 in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 58.56.
“When you look at the clock, it just proves to yourself all the hard work you put into it was worth it,” Godlewski said.