Vikings get 3 solos, 2 relays to swim sectional finals Saturday

Huntington North sophomore Zane Cozad churns through the water in the 500-yard freestyle at the Warsaw Boys' Swim Sectional preliminaries on Thursday night, Feb. 20. His fifth place finish earned him a spot in the finals on Saturday morning. Photo by Steve Clark.

Juniors Walter Hacker and Josh Young and sophomore Zane Cozad each competed in the Warsaw Boys' Swim Sectional finals on Saturday, Feb. 22, with a chance to advance to the state swim meet next Saturday.

The trio also swam legs on both of the Viking relay teams competing for a spot at state, joining with freshman Cody Barton.

Sectional champions and anyone earning a state qualifying time advance to the state championships on Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1, at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis. If the field of 32 is not filled, competitors were to be picked based on sectional time.

Hacker, Young and Cozad earned their spots in the finals by finishing in the top eight at sectional preliminaries on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Hacker got into the finals by placing fourth in the 100-yard butterfly, in :59.21, and seventh in the 100-yard backstroke, in 1:01.70. Young finished two spots behind Hacker in the fly, placing sixth in 1:03.65, after having placed eighth in the 50-yard freestyle, in :24.37.

Cozad fought his way to Saturday by placing seventh in the 200-yard freestyle, in 2:00.95, and nabbing fifth in the 500-yard freestyle, in 5:24.53.

The 200-yard medley relay team placed sixth in 1:51.65 for its spot, and the 400-yard freestyle relay team placed fourth, in 3:46.10, for its ticket onward.

Barton came close to making the finals but had to settle for the consolation finals in his two individual events, placing ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke and 10th in the 100-yard freestyle.

Junior Nathan Lundy swam in two consolation finals as he finished 12th in prelims in the 200 IM and 13th in the 100 fly. Freshman Jacob Koons placed 16th in the 500 to earn a consolation finals spot.

The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Lundy, sophomore Nathan Park, Koons and Gunnar Wibel placed ninth.