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WINTER ALL-AREA: Year tested Boone and van Krimpen

Eastern View swimmers Owen van Krimpen and Annie Boone started their journeys in much different places, but they reached the top of their sport in much the same way.

Van Krimpen, a junior, began swimming in his native Netherlands at the age of 7. The rest of his family prefers what he calls “ground sports,” but running isn’t his thing.

Boone, a sophomore, jumped in the pool as a

6-year-old and didn’t need much instructing. She was a natural. She watched the other swimmers, emulated their movements and was quickly one of the best.

The Cyclones standouts both won state championships this season—Boone in the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley and van Krimpen in the 500 freestyle—and boasted top area times in two events each.

They both reached their championship peak after coming to the same realization at last year’s Group AA state meet.

Despite swimming well, neither won an event at the state level last year. That motivated both to put in the work to earn it in 2014.

“I just knew I wanted to do better this year and show everybody that I could do it,” van Krimpen said of winning a championship.

Boone said she was better prepared this year for the biggest meet of the high school season.

“I just felt so much more ready and aware of, ‘Hey, I’m at states,’” Boone said.

For their accomplishments, Boone and van Krimpen were named All-Area girls and boys swimmers of the year.

Boone won 4A state championships in the 100 backstroke (54.54) and 200 IM (2:05.76), improving on her 2013 state times of 56.49 and 2:11.48, respectively.

Her state-winning 100 backstroke time was the area’s best, and she also had the area’s best time in the 100 butterfly (57.59).

“It was a pretty big improvement for me from last year, so it was good,” Boone said. “I like to see improvement each year.”

Van Krimpen said he was much more motivated to win this year. He won the 4A state title in the 500 free with a time of 4:42.15, more than 10 seconds better than his 2013 state time. He also finished second in the 200 freestyle after placing sixth at last year’s meet.

He had the area’s best times in the 200 free (1:43.30) and 500 free (4:41.89).

“Last year I just didn’t really care,” van Krimpen said. “This year I cared more. This year I knew I was ready to do great and perform.”

Boone and van Krimpen are both year-round swimmers with aspirations of competing in college.

“I want to see how this works out first and then move on to the next thing,” van Krimpen said. “Right now I’m talking to a lot of colleges, like Princeton, UNC, Tennessee, William & Mary. Those are just the major ones.”

Boone hasn’t been contacted by college coaches yet, but she said she’d love to swim at an SEC school.

Both still have goals of improving on this year’s results and collecting more championships next season.

This year’s titles might only be a start.

“They were a confidence booster for us, to get us ready for year-round swimming and knowing that we can do even better next year,” van Krimpen said.

Nathan Warters: 540/374-5442