Name: Anne Tavierne
School: Rosary, junior
Why she was selected: Tavierne qualified in two individual events at the Neuqua Valley swimming sectional last weekend: 200-yard freestyle (1:53.13) and 500-yard freestyle (5:04.46). Tavierne also led off the 400-yard relay (3:31.62). Rosary, the state champions in 2015 and 2016, defeated host Neuqua Valley 248-237 to win the sectional.
Tavierne returns to state, where she will compete in the 200 freestyle for the second consecutive year after placing fourth in 2016. The state meet is Nov. 17-18.
Tavierne caught up with Chronicle sports reporter Jacob Bartelson to discuss her team's achievement and outlook heading into the state meet this week. Below is an edited transcript.
Bartelson: How does it feel to know that everyone who swam at sectionals also qualified for state?
Tavierne: It was an amazing feeling to know that everyone on the team qualified for state and there were no disappointments at the meet. [The] majority of us were not tapered and were not even in fast suits which really shows the strength of our team.
Bartelson: From your perspective, I know you'll be returning to state in events you've done before. What did you learn last time that you can apply this year, if anything?
Tavierne: Actually, last year I swam the 100 free instead of the 500 free. However, I can say that I now know what it takes to make top six in my events, and I definitely feel more confident this year already knowing the experience.
Bartelson: I'm assuming you have collegiate aspirations to swim. Are you involved in the recruiting process? And, if so, what are those prospects looking like?
Tavierne: Yes, I have been talking to numerous coaches, and the process is definitely exciting to me. I am looking toward to see where I will end up next year. There are so many amazing schools and swimming programs out there.