Asheville School senior Abby Kriegler is heading to Greensboro, North Carolina, to swim in USA Swimming's 2018 Winter Junior Championships. She will swim in four events between December 5 and December 8: the 200 Individual Medley, 200 Freestyle, 500 Freestyle and 1650 Freestyle.
Athletic Director Carl Boland is proud of Kriegler for putting in the hard work and dedication it takes to get to this level of competition.
"On behalf of the athletic department, I want to congratulate Abby on this outstanding achievement," Boland said. "Qualifying for this meet is a long-term goal for many swimmers that only very few will achieve. She is among the fastest swimmers under the age of 19 in the country. The next step up is the US national team."
Kriegler, who is a veteran of these events, says she is ready to take on the last USA Swimming Junior Championship of her high school career. "I've been working hard," she said. "I think I have a good chance to make finals."
Kriegler is a strong distance swimmer and says that it requires extra hours to prepare for the 1650 Free, during which she will swim over a mile. "It is a lot of swimming, and it has a lot to do with endurance and technique," she said. "Skills matter a lot in distance races."
After graduation from Asheville School, Kriegler has signed to swim for NC State University. She says the best part of this year's championship meet will be getting to cheer on her future teammates. "I am really excited to see my teammates from NC State," she said. "Everyone who competes has worked really hard to be there and is excited. I am just really ready to race."
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