Lebanon Reporter

February 15, 2014

Stars swimmers end season at state prelims

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Lebanon Reporter

---- — The 2013-14 girls swim season came to an end for the Western Boone girls swimmers Friday night.

None of the Stars participating in the IHSAA State Finals Prelims at the IUPUI Natatorium were able to advance to the finals or consolation finals.

The best finish of the day for the Stars came in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

The team of Meg Kinslow, Morgan Ragsdale, Hayley Eadie and Madison Riegel set the school record in a time of 3:50.28. They placed 30th overall.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Riegel placed 31st in a time of 2:02.60. The final Star competing Friday was Eadie in the 500-yard freestyle.

She placed 32nd in a time of 5:54.17.

Zionsville placed several events into the championship and consolation finals.

The best finish in the prelims came from the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Kylie Mihok, Gretta DeCoursey, Taite Kitchel and Alex Cleveland.

The quartet qualified first in a time of 3:24.33.

Cleveland individually qualified second in two events.

In the 50-yard freestyle, an event she is the defending state champion in, she qualified second in a time of 22,69. In the 100-yard freestyle, she placed second in 49.69.

In both events, she is only behind Carmel's Amy Bilquist, who set state records in the prelims.

In the 200-yard medley relay, Cleveland, Kitchel, Audrey Battisti and DeCoursey qualified third in a time of 1:44.11.

Kitchel qualified for the championship finals in both of her individual events.

In the 200-yard IM, she placed fifth in a time of 2:01.24 and in the 100-yard butterfly she qualified sixth in 54.47.

Mihok just missed qualifying for the championship heat of the 200-yard freestyle, placing ninth in a time of 1:50.99. Only the top-8 made the championship finals.

Mihok (12th, 51.89) and DeCoursey (15th, 52.57) both made the consolation finals in the 100-yard freestyle. Also making the consolation finals was the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Emma Bumbar, Battisti, Anna Savery and Mihok, who placed 15th in 1:39.81.

Other swims for the Eagles: Battisti placed 21st in the 100-yard butterfly in 57.65, Jordan Thielbar placed 22nd in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:12.05 and Cally Sampson placed 22nd in the 100-yard backstroke in 59.73.

The championship and consolation finals begin at 1 p.m. today.