GSW: Dragons advance to finals
February 7, 2014By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School
New Palestine advanced several swimmers on to the sectional finals from Thursday's girls swimming sectional preliminaries, including two as second seeds.
Four individuals in three different events advanced to the finals. Addison Virt will swim in the finals in two events -- in the 100 butterfly as the second seed (1:04.49) and the 100 breaststroke as the fourth seed (1:14.84). Erin Trimpe will swim in the finals as the second seed in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.17).
Also swimming in the finals are Kara Mustard in the 100 butterfly (7th, 1:10.36) and Rachel Wineman in the 50 freestyle (8th, 27.17).
The Dragons advanced all three relay teams to the finals. The 200 medley relay team of Kayla Jameson, Megan Young, Mustard and Shannon Jones was sixth (2:10.32). The 200 free relay team of Kenzie Wells, Alex Jacobs, Jones and Claire Hornsby was fifth (1:52.24). The 400 free relay team of Claire Hornsby, Grace Hornsby, Wineman and Mustard was seventh (4:12.11).
New Palestine swimmers advancing to the consolation finals (positions 9-16) were: Faith Stirm (11th, 2:17.20) and Claire Hornsby (12th, 2:17.25) in the 200 freestyle. Mustard (11th, 2:36.58), Mallory Horn (12th, 2:41.58) and Tricia Roberson (13th, 2:41.76) in the 200 IM. Jones (12th, 27.44) and Jacobs (13th, 27.70) in the 50 freestyle. Tricia Roberson (11th, 1:15.82) in the 100 butterfly. Wells (13th, 1:00.63) and Claire Hornsby (15th, 1:01.01) in the 100 freestyle. Faith Stirm (10th, 6:12.39), Jameson (12th, 6:21.77) and Autumn Steigerwalt (15th, 6:46.73) in the 500 freestyle. Grace Hornsby (10th, 1:12.76), Jameson (13th, 1:14.01) and Horn (15th, 1:14.69) in the 100 backstroke.
The swimming finals will be at 1 p.m. Saturday. The diving prelims will commence earlier in the day.