JASPER – Bedford North Lawrence freshman Sidney Carlile qualified second in the 100-yard backstroke during the IHSAA swimming sectional preliminaries on Thursday night.
The finals in each event are set for Saturday afternoon, and the winner in each race will automatically advance to the state finals in Indianapolis on Feb. 12-13. BNL has not advanced an individual to the state meet in six years.
Carlile touched the wall in 1:03.63, just off the pace of Southridge’s Kera Jochem, who earned the top seed in 1:03.40.
Other top finishes for the Stars came from Joslyn Wever (third in the 100 freestyle in 58.17 and fourth in the 200 free), Hayley Hatfield (third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:15.34 and fourth in the 200 individual medley) and Carlile (fourth in the 100 butterfly). The Stars were also third in the 400 free relay.
Wever improved five spots from her seed time in the 200 and three in the 100.
“Last year her sectional meet didn’t go so well and this year she came in and took control,” BNL coach Terry Tlustek said. “It was really fun to see her grinning from ear to ear after those two swims.”