Feb. 11—INDIANAPOLIS — While the finals of the IHSAA Swimming and Diving Meet were on Saturday, the work done on Friday night during the prelims is equally as important.
The Zionsville girls swimming and diving team showed that in a big way on this weekend, as a strong Friday where they advanced 11 of 13 swims set them up in a good position on Saturday, and they used it to finish fourth in the state.
"Friday night was just incredible and it really set us up well for today," Zionsville head coach Scott Kubly said. "We've always tell them that the prelims is what it is all about and getting yourself set up for good placings and the chips fall where they may. We couldn't really ask much more of these girls, it was a great weekend."
The best finish of the day came from Ava Metzger in the 100-freestyle, where she placed fourth in a time of 4:54.62.
She also placed seventh in the 200-free in a time of 1:50.03.
Also earning two podium finishes was Annabelle Swiney, who was sixth in the 100-free in a time of 51.08 and eighth in the 200-free in 1:50.33.
"They are a little disappointed in their times today, but once the dust settles and you look at what they did Friday night and how they got to swim in the 'A' final, they had great swims," Kubly said. "I am looking forward to them coming back next year and they are going to be a force to be reckoned with."
Metzger and Swiney teamed with Allie Buroker and Maggie Hadley to place fifth in the 200-free relay in a time of 1:36.49. Metzger, Hadley, Swiney and Hailey Paulick placed sixth in the 400-free relay in a time of 3:28.96.
In the opening race, the medley relay team of Molly Simmons, Maddy Akin, Annabel Hermacinski and Maggie Hadley placed sixth in 1:45.36.
Simmons was ninth in the 200-IM in 2:05.07, with Akin 12th in 2:07.45.
Simmons was sixth in the backstroke in 55.42 and Akin was seventh in the breaststroke in 1:03.60.
"They are two great individuals that have worked hard for four years," Kubly said. "They had the success they earned this weekend and I couldn't be more proud of them and they are going to do well at the next level."
Earlier Saturday morning, Grace Whitfield placed 22nd in diving with a score of 161.20.
A good portion of this Eagle team will be back next season.
Kubly said it will be tough to see the seniors go, but he is excited for what the future could bring.
"For the seniors, the contributions they made over the last four years will not be forgotten," Kubly said. "They have etched their names in some of our top-10 lists, which is great. Looking at the future, if there is anything to take away from this group it is to work hard in the pool and good things will happen."
Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.