The Horizon League Takes A Bite Out of Lyme Disease

By Katlynn Emaus, Swimming World College Intern

In mid-January, teams from around the Horizon League found themselves biting into limes to support one of their own swimmers. Madisen Tretter, a junior breaststroker from Cleveland State University, was diagnosed with Lyme disease in September 2015.

“Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted to people and animals by the bite of an infected tick,” Tretter explained. “Lyme is a multi-systemic disease that can affect any organ of the body, including the brain and nervous system, muscles and joints, and the heart. Lyme Disease is often called ‘The Great Imitator’ because it mimics symptoms of other diseases such as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), MS (multiple sclerosis) and Alzheimer’s, often causing a misdiagnosis.”

The diagnosis took a major toll on Tretter’s training, academic and personal life. Tretter has not been able to swim since October 17 and going from working out 20 hours a week to doing nothing can be a shock to the body. Getting to classes also seemed to very difficult for Tretter. Instead of making the Dean’s list like Tretter was used to, she was happy to be passing classes. She also had to enroll in online classes for the spring semester.

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