Seematter Named Athlete Of The Year By The Sunflower State Games

Maria Seematter
Maria Seematter

The Sunflower State Games, based in Topeka, named Marysville resident Maria Seematter as their 2014 Female Athlete of the Year.

Seematter, who was nominated in the sport of swimming, has an impressive resume of awards from competition in the Sunflower State Games.

Beginning in 2007, she won a gold, silver and bronze medal in various swimming competitions. In 2008 she won 3 gold medals. She continued her dominance of the sport in 2009 with 1 silver, 2 bronze, and took home 1 gold, 2 silver medals in 2011. She returned in 2013 winning 2 gold medals, and last year won 3 gold medals, and a silver.

When asked why she participates in the Sunflower State Games, she responded with “I love swimming. It is my passion and I enjoy competing and watching others compete. It is very inspiring to see some of the older age groups still competing and I hope that I am still able to do that when I get to be that age.”

What pleases you most about competing in SSG?

As a coach for the Marysville Swim Team, we have always emphasized the importance of competing at a higher level and we look forward to bringing a group of kids to the games each year to give them that opportunity. We are like a big family and usually stay at the same hotel and bond the day before we compete. The kids also like seeing the coaches compete. It makes them realize our love of the sport and why we volunteer to coach. It is also a family experience for me because not only do both of my daughters compete, my extended family participates as well. We have also taken groups to the 2007 and 2009 State Games of America in Colorado Springs. We are very excited about going to the 2015 State Games of America is in Lincoln, Nebraska next year.

Why is SSG important to Kansas Athletes?

SSG is an opportunity for athletes of all ages and ability levels to come together and compete in the sport that they love and are passionate about.

Accomplishments outside of SSG?

State Games of America participant 2009 Colorado Springs, CO 100 Free-Silver, 100 IM-Silver, 50 Fly-Gold.

Participant in the 2011 Lincoln Half Marathon, the Color Run, the Warrior Dash, and numerous 5K & 10K races.

Organizer for the Inaugural “Just Tri It” triathlon in Marysville, KS – August 2014.

American Red Cross Lifeguard, Water Safety Instructor & Lifeguard Instructor.

Certified USA Swimming Coach and National Pool & Spa Operator. I am also working on the final steps to be a certified USA Swimming Official.

Instrumental in bringing adult lap swimming to our pool three mornings a week during the summer and bringing the Junior High/High School PE classes to the pool for lessons on swimming and water safety.

Volunteer at the 2012 Olympic Swim trials in Omaha, Nebraska.

Tell Us About Yourself

Career: Marysville Aquatic Center Manager, Swim Lesson Instructor, Juice Plus Representative and Full-time Nursing Student.

Hobbies: Playing the piano, running, biking and of course swimming.

Community Involvement: Marysville Swim Team coach for 10 years, Volunteer with Families First Marshall County, Member of St. Gregory Catholic Church and Volunteer for School, Youth and Church activities.

Family: Three children (ages 18, 13 and 8)

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.