Carroll dominates swim sectional prelims Chargers claim eight victories of 11 races.

Carroll left little doubt as to which was the dominant team at Thursday’s IHSAA Girls Swim Sectional at South Side High School.

The Chargers won 8 of the 11 events and were paced by freshman Mallory Jackson and senior Abigail Johnston, who won four races each.

The top eight swimmers in each event advanced to Saturday’s finals (diving at 9:30 a.m., swimming at 1 p.m.), while the second eight finishers will compete in the consolation heats.

Carroll opened the night by getting past Homestead in the 200 medley relay by .17 seconds. The foursome of Grace Hanna, Abigail Young, Vanessa Venderley, and Avery Brooks took the top spot.

Homestead senior Megan Johnson won a pair of events, the first of which was the 200 free. She later out swam Snider senior Jordyn Polderman to win the 100 free.

Jackson also beat Polderman to win the 200 IM, while Johnston took the 50 free race just ahead of teammate Brooks and then won the 100 fly by beating Young.

Carroll freshman Mya VanderHagen won the first of her three races by easily winning the 500 free by seven-plus seconds, and then she teamed with Johnston, Young and Jackson to win the 200 free relay.

Johnston, VanderHagen, and Jackson also were victorious in the 400 free relay race, with Brooks replacing Young on that foursome.

Jackson out swam teammate Hanna to win the 100 back race, while Bishop Dwenger claimed its lone top seed heading into Saturday in the 100 breast.

Freshman Laura Wright beat Concordia Lutheran freshman Lauren Doerffler by .03 seconds to win the breaststroke event.

While the traditional swim powers in the area dominated the meet, other city programs such as Northrop still made an impression with improving swims.

“I think we did really well,” Bruins coach Ben Caywood said. “We swam season-best times. We advanced to Saturday in almost every event.”

Northrop had all three relay teams move on to the finals and had individuals such as Lily Marquart and Priscilla Stone (200 free), Tonya Barrett (200 IM), Angelina Skimos (50 and 100 free), Marquart (500 free), Barrett (100 back), and Emma Burnau (100 breast) move on to Saturday’s consolation heats with top 16 swims.

“Overall,” Caywood explained, “just our progress from the start of the season until now has been really good.” <br>

<center> South Adams rolls at Jay County </center><br>

The Starfires claimed five victories at the Jay County Sectional Thursday.

Ashton and Brette Klopp combined for five wins to pace the Starfires, while Audrey Brunson, Ashley LeFever, and Olivia Vongunten also had wins.

LeFever had three first-place finishes, while Norwell freshman Alyssa Cyrus won the 200 IM and 100 back events. <br>

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