PREP GIRLS SWIMMING: Area names to circle at the Northridge sectional

Feb. 2—MIDDLEBURY — Another round of sectionals are hitting Indiana this weekend with girls swimming next on the docket.

With Thursday prelims having taken place already and the finals placed for Saturday, tickets are ready to be punched to the state finals taking place next week. In The Goshen News' area, we're focused on the Northridge 12-team sectional which hosts Concord, Goshen, NorthWood and Wawasee alongside the Raiders.

They'll be joined by Angola, DeKalb, East Noble, Eastside, Elkhart, Fremont and Jimtown.

State standards this season — for six of 11 swim events — have tightened. The largest difference from last year's times is the 400-yard freestyle relay which loses nearly two seconds from last year's time and sits at 3:36.46 minutes. The greatest increase in time is in the 200-yard individual medley, adding nearly a full second to the qualifying time.

To break it down a bit further, here are a few names you should have circled Saturday as one to potentially pass through to the state finals next week in Indianapolis at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of Indiana-University Purdue-University Indianapolis.


At the Northern Lakes Conference finals on Jan. 15, Wawasee stole the show with several first-place finishes. While the Warriors didn't have the depth to knock off conference heavyweights Concord and Northridge, the first-place finishes alerted attention to the individuals who could be near the top again Saturday.

Junior Julie Mishler is hoping to return to the state meet and has the times to do so. Mishler's NLC finals time in the 50-yard freestyle (22.42) would have been good enough to qualify for the state competition already. Her effort there should be one of the bests come Saturday.

Mishler is joined by the Beasley sisters in Wawasee's top talents.

Addison burst onto the scene at those conference finals, winning four events including two individually. Her time in the 200-yard individual medley (2:05.33) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.18) at the conference finals are both better than the state standards, setting the junior up for a possible extended postseason.

Her sister, Reese, is also a name to watch. Her time of 57.97 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke sits less than a second off of the qualifying time. Can the freshman make it a family outing in Indy?

On the radar as well is the 200-yard medley relay and the freestyle relay from the Warriors, the Beasley's have featured themselves on those with Mishler and could be another event in which Wawasee represents.


As is the norm, Concord should be in the running to send a handful down to state next week.

Catie Brenneman is the name to know here. The sophomore continues to anchor the team in a solid spot going into the sectional round. Brenneman has shined in the 200-yard freestyle this year and has already placed in front of the state standard with a 1:52.95 two weeks ago.

A name in the 100-yard freestyle, the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay, eyes will be on her to lead Concord's names in the state's capital.

Other names to watch in the swim portion is freshman Brynlee Yoder in the 500-yard individual medley relay.

Kalia Starzyk and Maddie McDonald hold their own for the Concord divers looking for a spot in the regional round on Tuesday at Valparaiso. A top four finish will be needed for that, but the two are the Minutemen's best odds.

For other area teams in the sectional including Goshen, Northridge and NorthWood, look out for the Raiders Lily Bekhterev and Izzy Melvin who could also see a trip to Indy next week.

The Northridge sectional finals begin Saturday, Feb. 3 for the consolation and final rounds along with diving events. Diving is set to begin at 9 a.m. followed by the swim and dive finals after 1 p.m.

Area swimmers can move on by one of three ways. Placing first in an event and either equaling or finishing better than the state standards are the top two ways to reserve a spot at the finals. If there are less than 32 swimmers in the state field for each event, the next top times will be selected to join.

Divers who place in the top four Saturday will move on to the regional round on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Valparaiso. There, the top eight placers will punch their ticket to Indianapolis for the state finals on Feb. 9-10.


From Thursday's prelims

200-yard medley relay: Concord (1:55.50, Mya Ernsberger, Gia Sponseller, Avery McDowell, Brynlee Yoder)

200-yard freestyle: Catie Brenneman (Concord, 1:58.83)

200-yard individual medley: Addison Beasley (Wawasee, 2:10.64)

50-yard freestyle: Julie Mishler (Wawasee, 22.47)

100-yard butterfly: Mya Ernsberger (Concord, 59.36)

100-yard freestyle: Catie Brenneman (Concord, 53.75)

500-yard freestyle: Brynlee Yoder (Concord, 5:15.55)

200-yard freestyle relay: Concord (1:44.85, Catie Brenneman, Gia Sponseller, Avery McDowell, Megan Posthauer)

100-yard backstroke: Julie Mishler (Wawasee, 55.33)

100-yard breaststroke: Addison Beasley (Wawasee, 1:07.12)

400-yard freestyle relay: Concord (3:50.84, Catie Brenneman, Whitney Sotebeer, Bella Biggers, Brynlee Yoder)

Reach Matt Lucas at 574-533-2151, ext. 240325, or at