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Senior Karsen Jesse strives for improvement for the upcoming season

Senior Karsen Jesse works hard to improve her times and get faster.

Improvement and drive is what a senior at Fremont High has achieved these past four years.

Last year, at the Heartland Athletic Conference, Jesse finished the 200 freestyle in the preliminary round with a time of 01:57.83, and then finished the final round with a time of 01:54.31.

“The biggest milestone has probably been the fact that I have gotten to the point of my swim career where I don’t get faster every time that I race,” Jesse said. “I’ve gotten to the point where I train to swim fast at 2-3 swim meets per year, and at the rest of them I don’t drop any time.”

Jesse explains that it can sometimes get mentally difficult for her to see her times decrease, but uses that as motivation to spike her times at the end of the season.

Memories and hard work are some of the few things Jesse enjoys about the sport.

“The state team was made up of a bunch of super fun people and all of the memories from that weekend are really good ones,” Jesse said. “We all had great times in the pool and all of the dinners, talks, and games at the hotel together were fun too.”

Jesse has been swimming since the age of seven. This season will mark 11 and a half years of her swimming career, which is mostly freestyle swims.

Throughout the summer and fall, Jesse took advantage of that time to train and get into shape.

“We’re going to have a little bit different of a focus this year, focusing more on her 200 freestyle and her sprint events,” said swim coach Shea Ahrens. “My specialty is the 200 freestyle, so we’ll be doing a lot of work on that event together.”

“I really like how individual the sport is,” Jesse said. “Aside from relays, you’re the only person that affects the outcome of your race and I also like that everything is time-based, not place-based.”

When state rolls around the corner, whether one makes it or not is based on making a certain time, rather than placing higher than others at meets.

After high school, Jesse will be attending the University of Missouri in Columbia to major in Health Sciences along with Pre-Med.

“I always want to drop time in my events, but this year I especially want to get the 100 free school record and better my record for the 200, and maybe even the 500. It also would be super cool to get another state medal this year,” Jesse said.


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