Liv Lindquist prepares to take the pool at a recent meet.

Massac County High School freshman LivAdiva Lindquist, 15, earned first place in the 100 Back Stroke Short Course Meet on Feb. 28 at the Cumberland Classic in Russellville, Kentucky.

This was one of the first meets in a very long time due to COVID-19 safety measures halting most pool activities in 2020.

Lindquist is qualified for the 100 Back, 200 Back, 400 IM and 100 Breast for the Kentucky Swimming State Championships being held in March in Louisville.

“I’m very glad that I qualified for state champs, especially since this is my first time competing in the 15-and-over age category,” Lindquist said. “The qualifying times were much harder to beat than previous years. The committee has made every effort to reduce the number of athletes who make it to state in order to observe social distancing. “

They even split the state meet into a weekend for the men and a weekend for the girls. It is going to be a much different meet experience this year without parents being allowed on deck for cheering.”

Lindquist trains with the Paducah Swim Team at the Paducah Athletic Club an average 20 hours a week, some days before school in the mornings and just about every day after school, as well as on Saturdays.

Occasionally, she also helps teach beginners how to swim after her practice.

She has been a member of the Paducah Swim Team year-round swim team for 10 years.

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