SECTIONAL SWIMMING: THE STAGE IS SET
StaceyPageOnline / Sports on Friday, February 3, 2017
Things are setting up nicely for the Warsaw girls swim team heading into Saturday’s sectional finals. The Tigers sent claimed 17 spots in championship races across 11 events during Thursday’s prelims.
Delaney Wihebrink has the top seed in the 200 IM for the Tigers with a time of 2:17.23. Taylor Gunter (2:27.06) joins Wihebrink in the finals to rep the Tigers in the event. Gunter is also in the 100 fly finals while Wihebrink also holds the top seed (1:00.87) in the 100 back.
Brenna Morgan swam a 24.54 to claim the top seed in the 50 free and will be joined by Olivia Herman (25.94) in the finals for Warsaw. Morgan (55.87) also has a spot in the 100 free finals behind top-seeded Madelyn Sailors of Rochester (55.70).
In the 500 free it was Warsaw’s Lauren Kuhl (5:41.47) taking the top spot. Audrey Curson will join Kuhl in the event finals. Curson also has a slot in the 100 back finals while Kuhl will also compete in the 200 free finals.
Laurel Moeller and Madelyn Ray each have spots in the 100 breast finals. Moeller will also swim in the 200 free finals.
Warsaw’s relays all made the championship race cut, but none were top seeds. Rochster holds the top time in both the 200 and 400 free relays while Columbia City has the top time in the 200 medley.
Tippecanoe Valley claimed a spot in the 200 free finals, but were unable to do get any other relays through. Olivia Livengood claimed finals spots in both the 200 free and 100 fly for the Vikings while Kinzie Prater earned a spot in the 500 free finals.
Diving qualifying starts at 9 a.m. Saturday while the swimming and diving championships will resume at 1 p.m. at Warsaw Community High School.
Much of the expected took place Thursday night at the Northridge Girls Swimming Sectional prelims.
Wawasee’s Paige Miller is the clubhouse leader in both the 200 and 500 freestyles going 1:56.96 and 5:09.82, respectively. Northridge’s Katie Hughes is second in both events, setting up the next set of showdowns between the two future Purdue Boilermakers.
Concord comes into the finals with four prelim leaders, with Maddisen Lantz leading the way in both the 50 and backstroke. Olivia Trout had the top swim in the breaststroke and surprise leader Gabriella Sponseller paced the 100 free field to boost the Minutemen into Saturday.
Northridge, the defending team champion, has the top medley relay and 400 free relay times, along with Sydnee Emerson in the middle lane for the individual medley.
Elkhart Central’s Sydney Dygert has the middle lane for the butterfly and helped Central’s 200 free relay to the top swim Thursday night.
Wawasee has nine total entries in championship finals with Miller’s two freestyles, Shelby Adams in both the IM and the breaststroke, Ella Park in the 500, Ebba Bjurman in the backstroke and all three of its relay teams.
NorthWood’s Kate Jarvis will get two cracks at a championship, individually in the 100 freestyle and with the Panther 400 free relay team. Jarvis is in the consolation of the 200 free.
Diving qualifying for the Northridge Sectional will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday with swimming and diving championships resuming at 1 p.m.