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Hoppe competes at State Championship
August 2, 2018

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The 2018 season came to a close for the Dysart Swim Team recently, but Carlie Hoppe had the oppurtunity to compete once more in the State Championship on Thursday, July 26 at the University of Iowa.

Hoppe, who was selected Swimmer of the Year in her age group and the Coaches Award by her team, learned she was going to State from her Waverly teammates after believing her season was over after the Big Six conference regional, where Dysart repeated as champions for the ninth year consecutively. Along with her friends Rachel Roose, Zoey Smith and Rachel Jebe, Hoppe would compete in the 200 Medley and 200 Free relays.

"I got a text late at night that asked if I wanted to, I think my eyes popped out of my head," Hoppe said. "I didn't know we were going to state. I was ecstatic because the last time I went to state was when I was about 12."

The Union junior's day didn't quite start off on the right foot, arriving at the wrong place and believing she'd missed the competition. Fortunately, she found the pool and was able to compete with athletes from across Iowa. Though the teams didn't place with a time 2:34 in the medley or in the relay, Hoppe simply enjoyed the experience.

"It felt good being around a bunch of people who share a common interest and goal," Hoppe said. "Seeing the faces of people who won and beat their time, it gave me goosebumps sometimes. I also liked seeing my Waverly girls one more time before next year."

Although the decision at first wasn't easy at first, Hoppe explained once she set her mind to it the experience was one she enjoyed and wants to repeat in the future, hoping to also make an individual event as well. Hoppe felt this trip to state caps off her season well, where she saw her times drop and achieved personal bests.

"The end Plateaued a little bit, but I dropped a lot of time in the beginning, so that doesn't upset me," Hoppe said. "It feels good to know my hard work was not going unseen."

Hoppe has been swimming for nine years, earlier with Vinton Aquatic Center and now with the Dysart Swim Team. In addition to swim team, Hoppe is involved in soccer and basketball at Union High School.

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