Posted: Friday, 28 June 2013 5:34PM

1 Awards: Kickapoo's Messner keeps on improving



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Every athlete knows the sound of the alarm clock. It often goes off way too early, before the sun is up, maybe even before the paper has been delivered, and it means that it is time to go to work. This is the feeling that Kickapoo’s Kelsey Messner vividly recalls as she prepared to embark on her third season swimming for the Chiefs. 

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“It’s a tough sport, the waking up early is really rough sometimes,” Messner said. “But it makes it worth it at the end of the season.”

She certainly saw her hard work pay off in the 2012-2013 season as she locked down a fifth place finish in the 100 yard backstroke at the state tournament.  This marked a high point in Messner’s career, and if she continues following her steady trend of progression like she has to this point, the Springfield swimming scene should expect even greater things from her senior campaign.

Messner and her longtime friend Maddie Marshall made the decision to join the swim team when they arrived at Kickapoo. Messner also played volleyball her freshman year. But after a very successful freshman season in the pool, she decided to dedicate her focus entirely towards swimming.

“I worked really hard to get a state time my freshman year,” Messner said. “And when I got it, it really got me into the sport and kicked my drive into gear.”

As her career progressed, Messner began setting her goals higher and higher, and she dedicated more time to the sport in order to meet these goals. After her sophomore season, she decided that she was going to swim in the off-season.

“I had established that I wanted to finish in the top eight my junior season,” Messner said. “I was able to finish fifth, and it felt great to see my preparation and training pay off.”

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Now as she prepares for her final season, Messner looks to keep improving in the events she is already good at while also adding a little more depth.

“Next year the goal is to finish in the top three in the 100 yard backstroke,” Messner said. “I would also like to place in the top eight in the 200 free. It is great to be good at one thing, but it is better to be good all around.”

In addition to these personal goals, she also knows that being a senior on a young team means that she will be taking on a leadership role.

“When I was a freshman I had awesome seniors who were really good to me and made me feel like part of the team,” Messner said. “I really want to do the same for the young girls this year.”

As a group, Messner would like the Chiefs relay team to finish in the top five. Overall, she would like to bring home three medals.


Getting to know Kelsey Messner
Favorite athlete? Tom Brady
Favorite team? Mizzou
Pregame superstitions? Listening to rap music
Most disliked athlete? Tiger Woods
Favorite movie? Dumb and Dumber
Favorite musical artist? Katy Perry
Favorite actor? Bradley Cooper
Favorite athletic memory? Twerking in the hotel room my freshman year with the seniors
Song on your iPod you are ashamed of? Iowa fight song
Hidden talent? Twerking

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