Two medals to clink together.
That’s what Borgia senior swimmer Emily Reuwer wanted to achieve after qualifying for her first state swimming championship final in the 100 butterfly Thursday at the MSHSAA Class 1 Swimming and Diving Championships in St. Peters. It’s also exactly what she accomplished by also qualifying for the championship heat in the 100 backstroke as well.
In the championship rounds Friday, she placed fourth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 59.39 and eighth in the 100 backstroke at 1:01.40.
“I’m really happy to have two,” Reuwer said. “It’s a big shock and I’m really proud.”
As a whole, the Lady Knights scored 26 points and finished 25th in Class 1.
Autumn Looney, a junior from St. Clarles, took the championship in the 100 butterfly with a new Class 1 championship record of 54.99, besting her own record of 55.65 from the previous day’s prelims.
Battle’s Lauren Naeger (56.82) and Villa Duchesne’s Peri George (59.30) were the only other two swimmers to place higher on the podium than Reuwer in that race.
Other swimmers on the 100 butterfly podium included Parkway Central’s Abigail Levine (59.76), Lutheran South’s Madeline Rauh (59.96), Ladue’s Riley Deutsch (1:00.40) and St. Joseph’s Academy’s Emmi Mattern (1:01.52).
Reuwer swam the third-best time in Thursday’s 100 butterfly preliminary races at 58.83. She qualified for the prelims earlier this season with an automatic state qualifying time of 59.79.
“My goal was just to stay with the other girls and I think I did that pretty well,” she said of Thursday’s race. “I went up one seed, but overall I went down where I started my seed place yesterday, which was fifth place. I ended with a pretty good time. It’s better than my seed time, so I was excited about that.”
Summit Prep’s Molly Moore took the championship in the 100 backstroke with a time of 54.77. She set a new Class 1 championship record of 54.39 in Thursday’s prelims.
Other medalists in the event included Webster Groves’ Parker Hagemann (59.03), Thomas Jefferson IDS swimmer Caroline Martucci (59.78), Glendale’s Maddie Duncan (59.85), St. Pius X freshman Ellie Hartwig (1:00.44), George (1:00.91) and Parkway Central’s Margaret Ripp (1:01.14).
Reuwer qualified to compete at the state competition in the 100 backstroke all four years of her varsity career. Last season, as a junior, she finished 29th and did not advance out of the prelims.
“I was just happy to be at state because that’s where I started here four years ago with the 100 back, being a little freshman,” Reuwer said. “I got second to last then, so going from second to last to eighth place is a big deal to me, so I’m pretty happy about that.”
Reuwer became the first swimmer to represent the Lady Knights in a state championship medal race in the program’s five-year history. She joined the team as a freshman in just the program’s second year.
“The time drops were amazing and she was able to get here for day two, which is so exciting because I know it’s been ‘I want to get a medal,’ from the beginning of the year,” Head Coach Diane Jones said. “That’s what she really wanted, and then she said, ‘I want to get two to clink together,’ and she did.”
In addition to Reuwer’s solo events, Borgia qualified two relay teams, the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay, to participate in the prelims, gaining state experience for eight swimmers.
Reuwer was a part of the 200 medley relay team, which came in seeded 32nd, but finished 28th in the prelims.
“Yesterday, we had the two relays here and Emily’s not just a fantastic swimmer, she’s a top-of-the-line leader, and a lot of what we accomplished this year is because of the exceptional young lady that she is,” Jones said. “She’s got a great work ethic, great sportsmanship, beautiful form and I’m just thrilled to have her.”