Mason High Swim Team Remembers Teammate

By: Katie Kim Email
By: Katie Kim Email

"She was such a dedicated swimmer. She lived for this pool," says Mason High School swim captain Taylor Huntley.

Friends say there's no better way to remember teammate Sarah Caltrider -- than to swim for her.

"You get her in the pool. She's crazy. She was so intense," Huntley says.

Swimmers from Mason High School, past and present, channeled Sarah's passion for the sport to raise money for her memorial fund.

Sarah was killed in a car accident in July. The fifteen-year-old would have been a sophomore this year.

"She was a really sweet girl. She always had a smile on her face," says swim captain Kate Lang. "It's so unfair, it's unreal for someone so wonderful to not be there anymore."

Friends and family and taking their loss and turning it into someone else's gain.

"In an age, where it's pay-to-play, unfortunately, there are some kids who can't afford to participate," says Sarah's father Bruce Caltrider.

Caltrider wants to donate all funds from Friday's alumni swim meet to Mason High School's swimming, water polo and band programs.

"As well as girl scouts in the Mason area. These were all activities that meant a great deal to Sarah."

Caltrider, who also swam for Mason High, says the sport is a special bond he shared with his daughter.

"I come to these swim meets, and it hurts to not see sarah at her events," says Caltrider. "But being around these young ladies and their families, it makes us feel like we can get through everything."

Scholarships from the Sarah Caltrider Memorial Fund will be awarded to students at the end of the school year. Friends and family are planning another "Swim for Sarah" event on Saturday, October 16 at Mason High School.


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