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Josie Uerling Wins Swimming Championship

GTR Sports Writer

BEST IN FREESTYLE: Union senior swimmer Josie Uerling swims in the Class 6A girls’ 200-yard freestyle, which she won in the state meet Feb. 17 in Edmond. 

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For the first time in five years, Union can boast of having a state champion swimmer.
Senior Josie Uerling achieved the honor when she won the girls 200-yard freestyle event at the Class 6A state meet on Feb. 17 in Edmond. She captured the first-place medal after finishing a time of 1:52.60, finishing ahead of runner-up Katie Callahan of Edmond Memorial (1:53.13).
“I am very excited to be a state champion,” Uerling says. “Especially since I’m the first to be a state champion from Union since 2013. I like being able to represent my school. It’s also great for me to see how all my hard work this season paid off.”

Uerling was involved in three other distance events. She took third in the 500-yard freestyle swim (5:04.08) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:44.08). Junior Kaelan Vu, freshmen Courtney Posey and Kendra Vonhartitzsch teamed with her for the latter event. Uerling also swam with senior Brooklyn Weaver, Vu and Posey in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a fifth-place finish (1:44.70).

“Even though I didn’t win those, I was still very excited,” Uerling says. “The 400-yard free relay was an especially exciting race, because all three of my teammates did their best times and we went faster than we expected to. It was very exciting.”

As she swam the distance, there was never a moment where she could tell where she stood.

“I try not to think too much about if I’m going to get it,” says Uerling, who has been swimming since age of seven. “I just focus on my own race, finish as hard as I can, just keep going.”

What Uerling likes most about swimming is how it always pushes her.

“We practice every morning at 5:30 a.m. and that has given me opportunities to work hard and improve my time-management skills,” Uerling says. “It’s also allowed me to meet so many people throughout the state, not just on my team, and having those competitors who have also been my friends has just been wonderful to my experience.

“I think my work ethic makes me successful. I always push myself to come to every practice, and when I come to practice, I try as hard as I can the whole time,” Uerling says.

As she nears graduation, Uerling says she’ll miss the people most at Union.

“My teammates are all really supportive,” she says. “They are lots of fun to be around, always pushing me to work my hardest. I race them in practice and that pushes me to try even harder.”

Updated 03-22-2018

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