Broken record caps day at pool for Eagles

Adam Larck
Kaylie Noll takes a breather after breaking the 500-yard freestyle record at the pool with a time of 5 minutes, 18.77 seconds.

The Dunlap girls swim team could not have started off the season better.

Except for diving, the Eagles finished every event with a first place, beating a visiting Galesburg team, 108-75.

Topping the day for the Eagles was Kaylie Noll, who broke the pool record in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5 minutes, 18.77 seconds. The previous record was 5:21.72.

“They did real well,” coach Jim Bucher said. “With Kaylie Noll breaking that 500 record, that was real nice for her first meet out. We had a lot of best times turned in.”

Noll, a sophomore, set a strong pace early in the race. She finished over 30 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

Bucher said she had time-trailed right behind the record in practice, and he expects her to keep improving on the time as the season progresses.

“Hopefully, we can get her up to speed with Danel (Voorhees) this year,” he said.

The 500 free was not the first event Noll swam during the day, either. She started off the meet with a relay before taking first in the 200 IM in 2:19.95, almost 10 seconds ahead of second.

Meanwhile, Voorhees finished the day with two first-place finishes in singles events and two first-place relay finishes. She finished the 100 fly in 1:00.12, five seconds ahead of Galesburg, and in 1:04.68 in the 100 back.

In the relay events, the team of Voorhees, Noll, Alaina Potts and Caitlin Ahern earned the top spot in both the 200 medley relay (1:57.45) and 400 free relay (4:01.84).

Potts also took first in the 50 free with a time of 26.35 and the 100 breast in 1:00.02. Ahern took second in the 200 free, just 1.12 behind teammate Sarah Lang’s time of 2:10.76.

Rounding out the first-place finishers for Dunlap include Anna Windsor in the 100 free with a time of 1:00.16, and the team of Sarah Heinz, Caroline Cooper, Lang and Windsor in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:51.81.

“The girls are happy, and hopefully next meet we’ll have some divers so we can kind of compete a little bit in diving,” Bucher said.

The diving competition consisted of five Galesburg swimmers.

“We have three divers,” he said. “Two divers have four dives of the required six and one gal had to work tonight, or she would have dove. She has six.”

While the Eagles had a strong first outing, Bucher still saw a few small things to work on with the team before facing Normal Community and Olympia on Thursday and traveling to the Rock Island Invite on Saturday.

“I would probably work on turns,” he said. “I think we need to spend some more time on turns. Starts looked pretty good. They swam smart races.

“The beginning swimmers, I would say starts and turns with them, and maybe work race strategy a bit more with them. The ones that have been around swimming year-round, probably turns would be my biggest thing.”