CHAMPAIGN — Four members of the Sullivan/Okaw Valley/Shelbyville girls' swim team advanced to the Illinois High School Association swim meet by winning their respective events at the Champaign Central Swimming and Diving Sectional.

Winning the 400-yard freestyle relay were juniors Natalie Drury, Allison Oligschlaeger, Anna Wooters and McKenna Kull with a time of 3:41.67, which was 5.17 seconds faster than the second place team from Champaign Central. Wooters also won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:01.26, which was .58 faster than second place Olivia Marquadt of Vandalia.

The state swim meet is set for Friday and Saturday at New Trier High School in Winnetka.

As a team Sullivan placed fourth out of 26 teams with 138 points, while Charleston was seventh with 58 points and Mattoon was ninth with 45 points. Neoga placed 15th with 24 points and Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond tied for 24th with one point.

Charleston's Jasmine Coe improved on two of her own school records as she set marks placing second in the 200-yard individual medley and fourth in the 100-yard butterfly. Her medley time was 2:14.86 and finished behind Urbana University High's state record holder Ema Rajic (2:01.94). Her butterfly time was 59.75, just missing the qualifying mark of 58.18 seconds.

Placing sixth for Charleston in the 400-yard freestyle relay were Amara Griffini, Abby Geisler, Coe and Abby Woodall with a time of 4:26.29 and the same group placed eight in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2:08.54, while Geisler, Griffin, Gretchen Klepzig and Savannah Warner placed 10th int he 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 2:11.11.

"Overall we had 17 personal best swims out of 25, which was outstanding," said Charleston coach Dwight Pentzien. "We set an optimistic goal of 100 percent best times and sixth place or better in our relays for this meet. We fell a little short, but I'm very happy with how we swam. It was a great way to end our season."

Mattoon's 200-yard medley relay team of Megan Wirada, Laura Stream, Sophie Fowler and Lynsey Overton placed seventh with a time of 2:08.49, while Steam was also sixth in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:02.47 and ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:12.71.

Neoga was led by Nikki Lee, who was second in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:28.40, while A-L-A-H's Jessica Renfro was 12th in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:15.20.


Sports writer

Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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