By Will Willems
The Zionsville girls swimming and diving team advanced nine events to today’s state swimming and diving finals.
Alex Cleveland led the Eagles by qualifying in four events.
In the 50-yard freestyle, Cleveland was the top qualifier, finishing in 22.95 seconds.
In her other individual event, the 100-yard backstroke, she qualified fourth in a time of 53.83.
She was part of two relays, the 200-yard medley relay team with Amanda Short, Taite Kitchel and Grace Einterz, that qualified third in 1:45.29.
In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Cleveland, Kyle Mihok, Anna Savery and Einterz qualified third in 1:36.42.
In the 200-yard IM, Kitchel qualified third in a time of 2:02.04.
She also qualified in the 100-yard butterfly, placing eighth in 56.25.
Einterz qualified sixth in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing in 56.25.
The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Kitchel, Mihok, Einterz and Savery also qualified in the sixth position — finishing in a time of 3:31.69.
That time was just two seconds out of the second place.
Short qualified for the consolation final in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing in 1:05.59, .04 seconds out of the championship final.
Also competing for Zionsville but not qualifying for the consolation or championship finals: Mihok placed 23rd in the 200-yard freestyle (in a time of 1:56.44), Short placed 23rd in the 200-yard IM (in a time of 2:09.65) and Savery placed 19th in the 500-yard freestyle (in a time of 5:11.36)
Western Boone’s Madison Riegel placed 32nd in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing with a time of 2:04.68.
The the consolation and championship finals start at 1 p.m. today at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis.