SECTIONALS FINALS SET AFTER THURSDAY PRELIMS
Ink Free News / Sports on Thursday, February 4, 2021
Swim sectionals were held around the state Thursday night as preliminary rounds were conducted for the 2020-21 state tournament series. Area teams feed into a pair of local sectionals, at Elkhart and at Warsaw.
The beautiful Elkhart Aquatic Center is the host for the Elkhart-area sectional, which includes NorthWood and Wawasee.
The Warriors qualified five swimmers for nine championship swims on Saturday with results from Thursday’s preliminaries. Four of the five are set for two individual events each.
Lily Tyler will compete in the 200 and 500 freestyles, posting 2:03.52 and 5:28.19 in each. Hayden Neer will compete in the individual medley and breaststroke, going 2:19.99 and 1:09.90. Cammy Kryder is set to compete in the 100 free (55.59) and backstroke (1:05.20) and Alexis Mishler is a three-seed in both the 50 free (25.07) and backstroke (59.90), the backstroke a tight jumble at the top.
Rileigh Atwood is set to compete in the breaststroke, posting 1:11.75 to make top eight.
Wawasee’s three relays are sitting second, fifth and third going into Saturday.
The Panthers have just Elle Roberts qualified for the championship round, swimming a 2:03.74 in the 200 free and 55.89 in the 100 free to keep her championship dreams alive. NorthWood’s 200 and 400 free relays both missed championship qualification but will swim consoles Saturday.
Diving at the EAC will begin at 9 a.m. with the finals during the swim championships, which are set to begin at 1 p.m.
Warsaw posted just one top time at their own sectional Thursday night, but have a stronghold on potentially pulling a sectional team title.
Rachel Doyle claimed Warsaw’s only top swim from the prelims, going 1:03.12 in the backstroke and teammate Mariana Malgon taking second at 1:06.50. Doyle was third in the 500 at 5:42.96 and Malagon had Warsaw’s top time in the IM at 2:27.34.
Macelyn Marcuccilli landed second in both the 50 free (25.74) and the breaststroke (1:13.37), but were considerably back of the leaders, Autumn Bumgartner of Culver Academy, who seeds a 23.67, and Halle Briner of Manchester in the breast, who was over seven seconds faster than Marcuccilli.
Marissa Howett is second in the 100 free (57.32) and third in the 200 free (2:03.82) and Warsaw is the second seed in all three of the relays. In all, Warsaw has 19 entries in championship finals along with its three relays.
Tippecanoe Valley landed just one championship round individual, that being Makena Smith in the breaststroke, sliding into eighth place at 1:19.07. The Three Rivers Conference champion edged out three swimmers by a second or less to make the final. Valley’s 200 free relay is seeded sixth and both its 400 free and medley relays are both seventh heading into Saturday.
Diving at the Warsaw Community Pool will begin at 9 a.m. with the finals during the swim championships, which are set to begin at 1 p.m.