Sports Spotlight: Merrill swimming keeps it in the familySubmitted: 11/05/2018
Andrew Goldstein
Andrew Goldstein
Sports Anchor/Reporter

Sports Spotlight: Merrill swimming keeps it in the family
MERRILL - Claire and Grace Schultz shared a home in Merrill all throughout their childhood.

Now the sisters share a lane at the pool, something they didn't always think would happen.

"We were both a bit skeptical about joining," Grace Schultz said. "We weren't sure how that would play out with club going on at the same time."

The Schultz sisters will race in two individual events and two relays at the state meet in Madison this weekend.

And they enjoyed every minute of getting there.

"It was just really fun to watch her swim hard and, like, really have fun with the race." Claire Schultz said.

The Schultz sisters aren't the only family members to find success for the Bluejays.

Cousins Erin and Trinity Kanitz swam on the 400-yard freestyle relay team with the Schultz sisters and placed second at sectionals.

"We kind of had a feeling that we had a possibility if we all worked really hard out of every flip turn," Trinity Kanitz said.

All five Merrill state qualifiers received a silver cap from their coaches, a reminder of a hard-fought sectionals victory.

"Everyone was just screaming at the end when we found out we won," Erin Kanitz said.

It's the joy of sharing a victory with the team and with family.

The Bluejays have entrants in seven of 12 events during Friday's state meet in Madison.

Merrill will bring their entire team down on a bus to support everyone who qualified.

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