Blair-Taylor senior Lauren Steien reaches state swim meet for fourth straight year

Blair-Taylor senior Lauren Steien is known for her dominant pitching on the softball diamond for the Wildcats, but she’s also quietly been one of the top swimmers in the area.

For the fourth straight year, Steien will represent the Black River Falls/Blair Taylor co-op swim team at the Division 2 state meet.

In past years she’s qualified for the 200 IM and 100 fly, but this season she changed it up and replaced the IM with the 100 breaststroke. Steien says it was partly because of her softball prowess that made the change necessary.

“The breaststroke gives me more of a break in between my individuals, just so I can mentally prepare, physically prepare for my races,” Steien explained. “And especially with such a short season and since I’m playing softball so much, it’s hard to stay in the pool all the time. The 200 IM requires a lot of endurance.” i

The decision has paid off, as Steien is the fifth seed in the 100 breaststroke and seventh in the fly. The state meet begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Madison.

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