DeKALB – After qualifying for the state meet in her first two seasons, Sarah Hein found herself staying home instead of making the trip to New Trier as a junior.
Call it a good blemish.
Hein used the miss as motivation for her senior year, qualified for the state meet this season in the 100-yard butterfly and was named the 2017 DeKalb Daily Chronicle Girls Swimmer of the Year.
“It only made me stronger and made me more determined,” Hein said. “I know right after my swim [at sectionals as a junior] I was just crying, not the happiest. I finished our sectional meet off pretty strong with our relay at the end. But now that I look back at it, I wouldn’t change it because it made me faster this year and more determined in my swim career. It’s a good blemish.”
At that 2016 St. Charles North Sectional, Hein finished the 100 fly in 58.53 seconds, 0.3 off the automatic qualifying time.
Hein said she knew what she had to do coming into this season.
“Two summers ago, I didn’t swim as much as I should have,” Hein said. “So I knew that had an effect on my high school swim career. I was determined because 0.3 is nothing. I knew I could do it.”