Powered by five school record performances, four individual juniors and two relays will swim in the finals of the Nebraska State Swimming Championships on Saturday. The meet will be broadcast live by NET and streamed for free at NETNebraska.org, with the girls starting at 9:00 a.m. and the boys’ session starting at 2:00 p.m.
In the 100 Backstroke preliminary heats, junior Lauren Sitzman shot to #3 on the school’s all-time chart, with a time just behind four-time state champion Ali Peterson and hall-of-famer Shandra Johnson’s times from the 1990’s. Sitzman will swim in the consolation finals during the Saturday morning session.
For the first time since 1968, the Viking boys advanced a 200 Medley Relay team out of preliminary heats to the championship finals. Senior Nate Schlader and juniors Davion Scott-Bell, Caiden Williams and Ben Mills are seeded 4th for the afternoon finals. The quartet then shattered the 2002 school record for the 200 Freestyle and are seeded 5th for Saturday’s final. Mills lowered his school record in the 200 Freestyle, becoming the first Viking ever in the event to advance to Saturday’s consolation finals. Williams improved his school record in the 100 Butterfly, and will be the first Viking since 2007 to advance to Saturday in the event. Scott-Bell broke David Nielsen’s 1998 school record in the Individual Medley, but finished just outside the list of finals qualifiers. Scott-Bell fell just short of Nielsen’s Breaststroke school record in preliminaries, but advanced to Saturday’s consolation finals. Senior Richard Throckmorton improved his career-best in the IM by 2.5 seconds, landing at #4 on the Viking all-time chart.
The girls 200 Medley Relay of Sitzman, Molly Burk, Teresa Gibbons and Vienne Kemper posted the Vikings’ fastest time in the event since 2006, placing 20th. The quartet also posted their season-best time in the 200 Freestyle Relay. Throckmorton, Seamus Cavanaugh, Darden Tetley, and John Dawes represented the Vikings in the boys 400 Freestyle Relay, placing 23rd.