On a day when many swimmers seemed to be swimming their fastest times, Dunlap could not find its speed.


On a day when many swimmers seemed to be swimming their fastest times, Dunlap could not find its speed.

 

Nine pool records were set at Pekin High School on Saturday, and 44 swimmers advanced to State. However, no Dunlap swimmers were able to advance to the State finals Saturday.

 

As a team, Dunlap finished in seventh with 94 points. Peoria Notre Dame won the meet with 274 points.

 

One of the reasons the team may not have sent anyone to state was because of the time of the meet.

 

Various parents were heard commenting about the delays between heats and between events.

 

The meet lasted over three hours, with multiple open swims to try and keep swimmers limbered up.

 

The best chance that the Eagles had to go to State was in the 200-yard freestyle relay consisting of Nick Eppel, Andrew Cooper, William Chi and Nathan Eppel. The team started their heat off slow, but managed to come back and get fifth place with a time of 1:32.44.

 

The qualifying time for state, though, was 1:28.70.

 

Only the teams from Peoria Notre Dame and Normal University qualified.

 

Two other swimmers who had a chance to go to state were Nathan Eppel and Chi. Eppel finished the 50-yard freestyle in 22.99, while the qualifying time was 22.07.

 

Chi finished in eighth place in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.67. However, the qualifying time was 53.45.

 

Other top finishers were Ethan Walenta, who finished in fifth in the 100-yard backstroke, and the 200-yard medley relay team of Walenta, Cary Zhu, Nick Eppel and Jacob Vandermyde, who finished in sixth.