HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING

Finals set for swim sectional 

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Local girls’ swim teams hit the water at the Crawfordsville High School Aquatics Center on Thursday night for the IHSAA Sectional prelims — with several swimmers advancing to Saturday’s finals.

Individually for Crawfordsville, Alyx Bannon will be seeded second in A-Final in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.69 seconds and seeded first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 56.61 seconds.

“Mental toughness is one of the things we’ve worked on and belief in the process,” Crawfordsville coach Kevin Hedrick said about his junior swimmer who is hoping to repeat as a sectional champion.

For North Montgomery, Sidney Campbell will be seeded first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.66 seconds and second in te 100 freestyle with a time of 56.83 seconds. Maddie Mershon is also seeded fifth in the 100 and sixth in the 50 freestyle. Kelsey Anderson will swim in the A-Final of the 200 freestyle, seeded sixth with a time of 2:14.79, and seventh in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:20.34. Maggie Michael is seeded third in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:29.64, while Rachel Fedor is seeded eighth with a time of 2:46.94. Annabel Anderson is seeded second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:10.29, while Sydnee Turner is seeded fifth in 1:16.84. Michael is also seeded second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:06.29, while Annabel Anderson is fourth in 1:09.44.

“I have been impressed with the girls work ethic over the course of the season, we had a few bumps in the road early on with quarantine issues and getting into our practice groove,” North Montgomery coach Erin Yeager said. “It has taken some time to see the times drop this year, but they have been coming down. We have done a lot of technique work throughout the season to get them to this point and we are as ready as you can be.”

North Montgomery returns 23 of 24 swims to the A and B finals on Saturday. The 200 medley relay team will be seeded fifth, while the 200 and 400 freestyle relays are seeded first with times of 1:45.65 and 3:56.44 respectively.

For Southmont, Megan Scheidler is seeded first in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:42.65 and second in the 200 freestyle in 2:08.44. Bailey Barker is also seeded seventh in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:15.13. Adrianna Smith is seeded seventh in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:44.36, and third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:15.27. Marley Jones is seeded eighth in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:03.46. Faith Allen is seeded sixth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:11.91, while Emily Smith is sixth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:20.06 and Barker eighth in 1:20.8.

The Mounties relays are seeded sixth in the 200 medley, fourth in the 200 freestyle and third in the 400 freestyle.

Just like the Chargers, the Mounties return 23 of 24 swims to Saturday's finals.

“Even with unusual circumstances, the girls have continued to improve throughout the season,” Southmont coach Jane Coudret said. “I have been impressed with how this team has handled everything. I know mentally there were times when I wanted to give up but I would show up for practice and this group of girls would be ready to go. If someone was out for quarantine, they would come back ready to work hard to get back lost training time. Their attitude has really kept me going this season.”

Fountain Central’s Tyler Bowling is seeded third in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:09.15, while Haley Webb is seeded seventh in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:17.22. Bowling is also seeded second in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:42.65. Mary Rice is fifth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:19.47.

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