INDIANAPOLIS — Mt. Vernon senior Lydia Tierney came into Friday’s IHSAA girls swimming state final preliminaries hoping to extend her high school career by another day.
Despite seeds that landed her in the slowest heats of the night, Tierney accomplished her mission.
Tierney won her heat in the 200-yard individual medley, and her time of 2 minutes, 6.35 seconds moved her all the way up to 13th place and into the consolation finals today.
“We did what we needed to,” Marauders coach Brad Grieshop said. “We got down here, and we definitely dropped some time, which was nice to see.
“We’re definitely happy she got a second (day).”
Tierney later placed 24th in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.88 seconds, and she helped the Marauders finish 29th in the 200 medley relay.
Greenfield-Central will still have diver Maci Montgomery competing today, but none of its swimmers were able to advance.
Junior Carley Logan placed 20th in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:09.91, nearly 15 seconds faster than her sectional time. She was also 26th in the 200 freestyle in 1:56.72. Both times established new school records.
Senior Braedy Laymon was 29th in the 100 freestyle (53.70) and 31st in the 50 freestyle (25.09), and sophomore Megan Coffin finished 28th in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.60).
The Cougars were 27th in the 400 freestyle relay, setting a school record at 3:43.05, and 30th in the 200 freestyle relay.
Greenfield-Central coach Emily Logan was pleased with her team’s overall performance and believes it can serve as a springboard for her returning swimmers.
“I see next year being an even bigger year for them,” she said of Coffin and Carley Logan. “Both of them will be back next year going after their individual events, and we’ll hopefully have some more along with them.”