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Athlete of the Week: Medford's Katie Homeyer

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Katie Homeyer has been swimming competitively for seven years. But the Medford senior wasn't always the confident athlete she is today. 

Homeyer recalls back to when she started swimming in sixth grade.

"Especially with eighth graders, they just look at you and say, 'you're only in sixth grade'," Homeyer said. "I never thought (swimming) would lead me this far." 

Homeyer earned her first podium finish in eighth grade. She then lettered in her freshman year, an accomplishment that encouraged her to stick with the sport. Then last year, her coach noticed something changed. 

"She believed in herself and she believed in the training that she was doing," Medford girls' swimming coach Anne Burghaus said. "It changed everything and put things into perspective for her. When she does something, she does it big."

That change was reflected in the pool. Last year, Homeyer lead Medford to a conference title. And just last week during the Great Northern Conference meet, she broke school and conference records in multiple events, including the 200m Individual Medley, 100m Breaststroke and the 200 medley relay.

"I've been trying so long and once I finally broke my breaststroke record, I've been trying for two years. It was a sense of relief that flew over me," Homeyer said.

"My coaches were proud and I couldn't believe it."

Breaking records is just part of Homeyer's goals for her senior season. She also wants to swim at State championships. Not just for her, but for the town of Medford.

"We wanted to be known. Not just at swimming but how good we actually are and a lot of people don't know that. It would mean everything. It's been a goal for the past year."

Homeyer and the Medford girls' swimming team competes in its next meet on Saturday at the Sectional Championships, where Homeyer could qualify for the WIAA State Championships. 

 

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