Daily Reporter staff reports
The Greenfield-Central girls swimming team put itself in prime position to chase down a fourth straight team title with a convincing showing during the sectional preliminaries Thursday night.
The Cougars turned in their best preliminary performance in program history at New Palestine as every girl made it back to the finals, according to head coach Emily Logan.
Freshman Megan Coffin posted a time of 1 minute, 10.53 seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke to secure the top seed. Sophomore Carly Logan was first in the 500 freestyle in 5:19.27 and is the top seed in the the 200 freestyle at 2:00.88.
The Cougars also swept all of the preliminary relays. The 200 medley relay team of Krista Zornes, Coffin, Logan and Ashley Finney posted a 1:57.03.
Anne Marie DeKeyser, Finney, Zornes and Braedy Laymon turned in a 1:44.65 in the 200 freestyle relay. DeKeyser, Finney, Coffin and Logan teamed for a 3:53.26 in the 400 freestyle relay.
New Palestine’s Courtnee Coffman holds the top seed in both the 100 freestyle at 55.46 and the 50 freestyle at 25.10.
Mt. Vernon’s Lydia Tierney was fastest in the 200 individual medley at 2:13.40 and in the 100 butterfly at 58.37.
Times turned in during Saturday’s sectional finals, however, will hold the most weight at New Palestine. Diving preliminaries will begin at 9 a.m. while event finals will be conducted at 1 p.m.
First-place finishers at sectional in each swimming event will advance to next weekend’s state meet at the IUPUI Natatorium, along with competitors who make the state cut time.
Advancing divers will compete at the Brownsburg Regional at 6 p.m. Tuesday for a potential state-qualifying berth.