Weather permitting, swimmers are ready for Section | Local high school sports


Twelve all-girls high school swim teams, including two ranked in the top 28 in the state, will soon converge on the Vigo County Aquatics Center pool for the Terre Haute South section.

When exactly ?

It depends on Mother Nature.

The start of the dive has been moved from Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday. The swimming preliminary round will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday. Then, the section consolation and finals will take place at 6 p.m. Monday.

Unless more snow hits Wabash Valley, but don’t think about it.

Admission is $6 per session or $10 for both sessions.

According to website, each section swim winner – plus any competitor who equals or betters the state standard time in their respective event (and the next fastest number of competitors in the state which would bring the total number of entrants to meet 32 ​​in each event) – will qualify for the IHSAA State Finals on February 11-12 inside the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.

For divers, first through fourth place section placers will move on to regional diving on Tuesday in Plainfield. From there, the top eight regional finalists will advance to next weekend’s State Finals at Indy.

Going into this weekend, Plainfield was ranked 21st and Terre Haute South 28th in the Indiana High School Swimming Coaches Association’s final women’s poll of the season, released Jan. 23.

Participating teams (in alphabetical order) at the Aquatic Center will be Avon, Cascade, Danville, Greencastle, North Putnam, Plainfield, South Putnam, Terre Haute North, Terre Haute South and West Vigo.

Terre Haute South is led by senior freestyle specialist Haley Sakbun, who has committed to swimming at Ball State with her older sister Apsara next season. Young Sakbun is the No. 16 ranked women’s 100-yard freestyle swimmer in the state and none of the 15 ahead of her are listed in that section.

“The last few years have passed faster than I could imagine,” Sakbun told Tribune-Star. “I’m sad that this will be my last section meet in high school with the friends I grew up with in the pool, but I’m so excited to race and start my next chapter.

Among divers, Braves seniors Grace Foltz, Ava Rose and Ava Thompson are ranked 13th, 17th and 22nd respectively in the state. Their toughest competition on Monday will likely come from Plainfield sophomore Hannah Clark, who sits in 12th place in the same standings.

“We’re looking forward to hosting the section, even though the weather hasn’t been ideal,” South coach Emily Marrs said. “Our divers will be competing on Saturday. They all have a goal of reaching the regional.

“Haley Sakbun will compete in the 200 and 100 yard freestyle. She is a three-time section champion in the 200 freestyle, once champion in the 100 freestyle and two-time champion in the 500 freestyle. She is seeking her seventh and eighth individual section titles .

“Seniors Maria Hillyer and Charissa Chow and juniors Demme Hancewicz, Lyric Irish and Murphy Moore all ranked high in their individual events. As a team, I hope to see as many girls as possible qualify for the section finals on Monday and have the opportunity to swim again.”

Meanwhile, Terre Haute North coach Mike Williams expressed his views on the women’s section.

“I’m looking forward to the section meeting this weekend,” he said. “It’s the only meet we’ve been training for all season and it’s always a great showcase for the hard work and dedication the girls have put in over the last few months. . I’m thrilled to see how quickly they can be when they are rested.


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