Swim season ends for local athletes in prelims

From Herald Staff Reports

Swimmers from Jasper and Southridge closed down their seasons on the state’s biggest stage Friday, as the Wildcats and Raiders both found the competition swift in the state finals at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Jasper and Southridge didn’t have any qualifiers for today’s consolation and championship rounds, as the top 16 finishers in each event of Friday’s preliminaries advanced to the second day. The top local result arrived courtesy of Southridge sophomore Taylor Miles, who achieved 25th place in the 100-yard butterfly (59.31). Miles also clocked 2:16.02 in the 200 individual medley, good for 30th place.

Miles’ teammate, junior Sydney Barrett, competed in the 500 freestyle and trimmed just over 15 seconds off her seed time. Barrett finished in 5:21.42, and she also grabbed 31st place in the 200 freestyle (2:01.48).

Jasper junior Alissa Haas concluded a busy day at the finals by competing in four events. Haas was solo on two of them, notching 30th in the 50 free (25.91) and 32nd in the 100 free (56.54). She also anchored two of the three Wildcat relay teams to qualify. Haas joined Addison Nolan, Payton Painter and Claire Egler in the 200 medley relay (29th, 1:55.14) and fused with Cady Mehringer, Nolan and Abby Fleck in the 400 free relay (3:50.62).

The Cats’ 200 free relay foursome of Rachel Welsh, Mehringer, Egler and Fleck landed 31st place in 1:47.51.

Nolan also competed in the 100 backstroke and touched the wall in 1:02.5 for 29th place. Painter finished 32nd in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.83).

One area athlete will compete in the second day of the finals today, as Morgan Schum of Heritage Hills will shoot to extend her senior season in diving. The diving prelims are this morning, with the consolation and championships in all events set for 1 p.m. EST.

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