WARSAW – The Warsaw girls swim team found out where it stacks up to other sectional competition after the team hosted sectional prelims at Warsaw Community High School on Thursday night.
There were no team scores to be had at the end of the races but the Lady Tigers now know that the sectional finals will not be a cakewalk if they want to take home the sectional trophy on Saturday.
The Lady Tigers only took first in three events but still qualified both relay teams and at least two swimmers in every individual event for sectional finals on Saturday.
Warsaw freshman Brenna Morgan had a great day, which came as no surprise to Lady Tiger fans.
Morgan started her day as a part of Warsaw’s 200 medley relay team. Megan Bixler, Ashley Van Wormer and Erin Sandberg joined Morgan to take first place in the event with a time of 1:59.03. Logansport came in second with a time of 2:00.39.
Morgan would later take first place in the 50 free with her time of 25.10. Bixler also qualified in the event with a time of 29.08. Bixler will be seeded 14th while Morgan will be Saturday’s top seed in the event.
The other event that Morgan earned the top spot in was the 100 free. Morgan finished ahead of Culver Academies Rory Byrne (56.13) with a time of 55.36. Allison Thompson (1:04.79) also qualified for the Lady Tigers in the event.
Despite only grabbing three first place finishes all day, Warsaw head coach Nate Long knows that Thursday was not about coming in first.
“We had a ton of personal bests, so there is not much we can improve on,” started Long. “We just hope that we can come back on Saturday and continue to improve.”
Long was pleased with the performance of his younger, more inexperienced girls, but wanted to see better results from his senior leaders.
“We didn’t have great races from some of our top girls,” Long said. “Ashley Van Wormer, Cynthia Juarez, and Erin Sanberg were not where we expected them to be but they didn’t really have to. They all did enough to be where they need to be for Saturday and that is really our big focus.
“We had a few girls that really did step up today though. Allison Miller dropped time in her breaststroke and moved up six places, Megan Bixler moved into the top 16 for the 50 free, that was unexpected. Karly Poyner qualified in the 100 butterfly. We just had a lot of our second tier girls step up big today.”
Juarez (2:08.77) and Jessica Haines (2:11.88) finished fourth and fifth respectively in the 200 free. Charlene Orr (2:18.76) also qualified in the event.
Van Wormer (2:28.68) will be seeded fourth in the 200 IM while Sandberg (2:31.12) will be seeded sixth. Sandberg also claimed third in the 100 fly with a time of 1:08.12. Juarez gave Warsaw a second place finish of the night with her time of 5:46.95 in 500 free. Van Wormer gave the Lady Tigers their final second place finish of the night with a time of 1:11.84 in the 100 breast.
Warsaw took third in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:51.18 and fourth in the 400 free relay with a 4:11.40.
Whitko’s Emily Moseley qualified for the finals in her only event, the 100 breast, with a time of 1:20.68.
The sectional finals will take place at Warsaw Community High School starting at 1 p.m. Diving preliminaries are set to start at 9 a.m.