JASPER – Bedford North Lawrence qualified 12 competitors for the finals during the IHSAA swimming sectional preliminaries at Jasper on Thursday night.
BNL junior Alex Manke led the charge, grabbing the top spot in two events, as the Stars improved their pre-meet seeds in almost every event heading into Saturday’s championship race. BNL also claimed the top seed in the 200 free relay (1:36.21).
Manke improved nearly two seconds while finishing first in the 200-yard freestyle, touching in 1:50.18, and he trimmed almost six seconds off his 500 free time, claiming the favorite’s spot in that event as he finished in 4:56.91. The winner in each race on Saturday will automatically qualify for the IHSAA state finals in Indianapolis on Feb. 26-27.
All the Stars who made the finals posted personal-best times.