Saturday at the girls swimming sectional meet at New Palestine, Greenfield-Central's Carly Fernandes and Taylor Johnson in addition to NP's Emily Trimpe advanced to next weekend's state finals.
Mt. Vernon's Emily McKinney moved on to Tuesday's diving regional at Plainfield.
Connersville claimed the team title Saturday, finishing with 356 points, four more than second-place MV (352). New Palestine (312) was third and Greenfield-Central took fourth (293).
Richmond (285) was fifth, followed by New Castle (243), Centerville (163), Hagerstown (71), Eastern Hancock (55) and Rushville (46).
Fernandes (200 individual medley) and Johnson (100 butterfly) both repeated as sectional victors, and each established a new sectional mark in their events.
Trimpe was first in the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, the latter of which she prevailed in last season.
The race for the team title came down to the competition's last race — the 400 freestyle relay. Top-seeded Connersville won the race in record time, with MV finishing third. The Spartans were down four points to the Marauders entering the race.
The win was one of Connersville's seven triumphs on the day, three of which resulted in new sectional records.
McKinney was fourth in the diving competition. The top eight place-winners at Plainfield move on to the state meet, which begins Friday at Indiana University Natatorium at IUPUI.
IHSAA Girls Swimming State Finals
Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, 6 p.m. (Swimming prelims).
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, 9 a.m. (Diving prelims and semis), 1 p.m. (Consolations and finals for all events).
Site: Indiana University Natatorium, IUPUI, 901 W. New York St., Indianapolis
Admission: Unreserved tickets are $8 per session or $12 both days. A limited number of $15 reserved season tickets may be purchased online exclusively via the IHSAA e-commerce site at ihsaa.org beginning Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 at 8 a.m. Reserved seating for a single session will not be available. Tickets will not be sold over the phone or in person at the IHSAA Office.
The top 16 in each swimming event during Friday’s prelims will return for competition on Saturday with the top eight individuals vying for state championship honors. Those finishing nine through 16 on Friday will make up the competitors in the consolation heats. All diving will take place on Saturday with the top 20 of 32 competitors advancing from the prelims to the semis after five dives each. After three dives each in the semis, the top 16 will advance to the final round for another three dives each.