Aschliman earns shot at state swim meet

Huntington North sophomore Allie Aschliman earned a spot in the state championship meet next week by winning the 100-yard butterfly at the Warsaw Girls’ Swimming Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Aschliman, the second place finisher in the preliminaries on Thursday night, knocked off more than a second from her prelim time to win, touching the wall in 1:01.67. That time was more than a half-second faster than runner-up Marisol Karmel, of Lewis Cass, who took second in 1:02.19.

Aschliman will swim Friday night, Feb. 9, at the Indiana University Natatorium, in Indianapolis, with the top eight swimmers advancing on the state finals on Saturday, Feb. 10. The second eight swimmers will swim for spots nine through 16, also on Saturday.

Aschliman touched home in 1:03.23 in the prelims to earn her spot in the sectional final. Only the sectional winners advance on to state.

The Lady Vikings finished eighth among 12 teams at the meet with 126 points, and Aschliman had a hand in more than one-third of her team’s points. The sophomore also placed sixth in the 200-yard freestyle, in 2:06.15, and swam a leg on the Lady Vikes’ fifth place 200-yard medley relay team and the seventh-place 400-yard freestyle relay team.

The medley relay team also consisted of fellow sophomores Alyssa Brinkman and Laney Shaw and junior Macy Lange, and touched home in 2:05.17. The same four were also the free relay team participants, and came home in 4:08.55.

Lange placed eighth in the breaststroke as the only other individual finals participant for HNHS, reaching the wall in 1:17.96.

In consolation finals, Shaw added 10th place and Lange took 12th in the 100-yard freestyle, with Shaw clocking in at 1:00.40 and Lange at 1:00.83. Alayna Stroup and Brinkman took 15th and 16th, respectively, in the 100-yard backstroke, clocking in at 1:13.51 and 1:15.49. Shaw took 16th in the 200 free in 2:19.84.

Additionally, the Lady Vikes got 10th place points from its 200-yard freestyle relay team of Stroup, Adalyn Harvey, Anna Manry and Morgan Cogar. The quartet knocked off almost nine seconds from its prelim time of 2:08.47 on Thursday to touch the wall in 1:59.62.

Warsaw won the meet with 396 points. Culver Academies was second with 349 points and Columbia City was third with 270.