Girls Sectional Swimming and Diving Recap

On Feb. 2, the girls swimming and diving team competed in the IHSAA Sectional Final meet at NC. In swimming, the championship season goes straight from sectionals to state. In order to qualify for state, swimmers must either win their event or beat the state cut qualifying time.

The girls came in first place for the 12th year in a row with Franklin Central High School coming in 100 points behind the girls.

The meet began with the medley relay consisting of sophomore Alani Hightower, senior Ashley Glesing, junior Meggie McPherson and junior Grace Lough setting a new school record, meet record and coming in first place.

Then sophomore Emma Horton came in first place with her first sectional win in the 200 freestyle and senior Delaney Isakson coming in a close second but still advancing to state. Repeating her win from last year in the 200 yard individual medley, Hightower barely got first and will swim at state again.

In the 100 yard freestyle, Lough came in first with McPherson with a close second. However McPherson will also advance to state with Lough.

Isakson swept the competition in the 500 yard freestyle keeping her winning streak in that event.

Bringing in another first place finish was the 200 yard freestyle relay consisting of Lough, Glesing, junior Claudia Buddenbaum and Hightower.

In the 100 yard backstroke, McPherson finished second, but was under the state cut time so she will swim another event at state.

Glesing stole the win in the 100 yard breaststroke claiming the title for the second year in a row now.

Lastly, the 400 yard freestyle relay with Horton, Isakson, junior Sally Jones and McPherson set a new meet record and came in first place to finish off the meet.

The state championship will begin Friday Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. at the IUPUI Natatorium and continue the next day at 1 p.m.

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