One-Armed Swimmer Headed To State Meet

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Addie Schiemann is anything but shy when it comes to her passion for the pool.

“I really do have a love for swimming,” Schiemann said. “I love the way it feels in the water and I love my teammates and I love all my coaches.”

The 17 year old has competed in the sport since she was in grade school. But on July 14th, 2017 Schiemann’s swimming career nearly came to an end.

Addie was involved in a U-T-V accident and had to have her right arm amputated just above the elbow.

“After the accident, I was like how could i ever swim again with one arm?” Addie said. “I was more frustrated at the fact that I didn’t think I could.”

After hundreds of hours of rehab, Schiemann was back in the pool less than three months later.

“After that, I was hooked,” Schiemann said. “I was like if I can swim i might as well not give this up. I can do this. It’s not impossible as I thought it was sitting in the hospital bed thinking there’s no way but here I am now so it’s pretty cool.”

“She’s competing with the best of the best and she doesn’t shy away from that,” said Fremont head coach Ali Granger. “She’s not scared and she doesn’t back down. She does not care if you’re five inches taller than her with both arms.”

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