If the number of swimmers reporting for preseason conditioning is any indication, Lincoln High School figures to have some spirited competition for the relay teams it fields. Right in the middle of that competition will be Jonas Sieglaff, who brings a strong work ethic and three varsity letters to the table.
Sieglaff is no stranger to the state high school swimming championship meet. In his junior season last year he qualified for state individually in the 50- and 100- individual freestyle and the 100 butterfly. He also swam a leg on the Links state meet-qualifying 200- and 400-freestyle relay teams and the 200 medley relay.
Sieglaff would like to go out in style by going deeper at the state meet.
“I want to drop time, of course, and I’d like to make it to the second day of the state meet,” said the Links’ team leader. In the individual freestyle races, he said his personal-best times are under 23 seconds in the 50 and :50.5 in the 100.
Richard Conradt, his high school coach, knows he’ll get the senior leader’s best effort. “Jonas is a very hard-working individual who wants to do his very best,” the Links head coach added. “He is a leader by example.”
Sieglaff’s year-round dedication to improvement was manifested when he joined the Greater Nebraska Swim Team (GNST) program, whose roster also includes Jonas’ younger brother, Charles. Jonas also swims in the summer recreation program for the Eastridge neighborhood team.
“It was fun being part of some good, competitive relay teams at Eastridge,” he added.
Coach Conradt calls his prized student-athlete “a leader by example” who is also accomplished academically and attends Zoo School. The Links team leader said his college choice is undecided. What has been decided is that he won’t be swimming collegiately.
“As much as I enjoy swimming, I’ll focus solely on academics in college,” says Jonas, who carried a 3.3 grade-point average and plans to study computer engineering.