Jackson senior standout looking to finish strong | Girls swimming

Limargo took third in 100 breaststroke, 200 individual medley at last year’s 4A state swim meet
By David Pan | Nov 03, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Jackson’s Chloe Limargo will be competing in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke at the 4A state swimming championships. Limargo finished third in both events at last year’s meet.

What started out as a way to deal with a medical condition has turned into a life-changing pursuit for Jackson’s Chloe Limargo.

Limargo originally became involved with swimming because it was a healthy activity for a girl who suffered from asthma. But as she continued with the sport, Limargo started to excel at swimming and she began to win races.

The years of training and hard work paid off last year with two top 3 performances at the 4A state swimming championships.

The Jackson senior’s high school career is winding down with only two more meets on the schedule – the Northwest District championships on Saturday, Nov. 4, and the state meet on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10-11.

Limargo already has qualified in the same two events she placed third in last season – 200-yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke. Limargo also will be on two of the Timberwolves’ relays. Limargo helped the Wolfpack’s 200 medley relay team to a first place finish and the 400 freestyle relay squad to a second place medal at the 2016 championships.

Based on her times during the regular season, Limargo appears to be in good shape for another strong performance.

“So far it’s been a lot better than I’ve been expecting,” Limargo said after Jackson’s final regular season meet in mid-October. “They are improved from last year at this time.”

Limargo, however, added that she isn’t sure that last year’s times are a good comparison since she was recovering from surgery on her hand and missed time in the pool.

Both of the swimmers – teammate Nicole Limberg and Wenatchee’s Isabelle Dressel –who finished ahead of Limargo in the 100 breaststroke graduated last year. Limberg also won the 200 individual medley, edging Skyline sophomore Christina Bradley.

“I know there are some things that I need to improve on,” Limargo said. “I’m just going to have to focus on the technique part of it.”

Limargo doesn’t have a preference among her two individual events, though she said most people seem to know her for her breaststroke.

The success Limargo experienced in the pool eventually caught the eye of the swim coach at San Jose State in California, who sent a letter telling her about the school.

Last August, Limargo went down to visit the school and she liked what she saw. An offer was extended and Limargo has verbally committed to the school.

Her family was thrilled.

Limargo recalled when her family realized just how talented a swimmer she was.

“Somewhere along the way, my family was like ‘You’re good at this Let’s see if you can get a scholarship,’” Limargo said. “And I did.”

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