HNHS girls still have nine chances to advance to state swim meet

Huntington North's Alivia Eiting comes up for a breath of air during the 200-yard individual medley at the Warsaw Girls' Swim Sectional on Thursday night, Feb. 6. Photo by Steve Clark.

Led by senior Cassy Lange, sophomore Maggie Warpup and freshman Emma Helmich, the Huntington North High School girls' swim team still had nine chances of advancing on to state at the Warsaw Swimming sectionals as of Thursday night, Feb. 6.

Lange, Warpup and Helmich placed in the top eight in two individual events and were part of two top-eight relay teams to earn a place at the finals on Saturday, Feb. 8, and a chance to advance to state.

Lange placed fifth in the 50-yard freestyle, in :27.24, and sixth in the 100-yard freestyle, in 1:00.73, while Warpup placed seventh in the 200-yard freestyle, in 2:14.43, and fifth in the 500-yard freestyle, in 5:59.64. Helmich finished second in the 100-yard butterfly, in 1:06.02, and fifth in the 100-yard backstroke, in 1:08.88.

Additionally, they teamed with junior Samantha McCann to place fifth in the 200-yard medley relay, in 2:04.58, and third in the 400-yard freestyle relay, in 4:08.49.

McCann got the remaining top eight finish for HNHS, doing so in the 100-yard breaststroke with a fifth place finish in 1:19.35.

Only the first place swimmer and those making state time standards advance to state, Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Indiana-Purdue University Natatorium in Indianapolis, unless spots are open in the 32-person field, at which point the best sectional time swimmers are chosen to fill the field.

Going back to Warsaw for the consolation finals, having placed ninth through 16th, were McCann, 13th in the 200 free, Kaitlin Biehl, 16th in both the 50 free and the 500 free, Alexis Miller, 13th in the 100-yard breaststroke, and the 200 free relay team of Alivia Eiting, Addison Clark, Miller and Biehl.