Eagles swimmers win conference tourney

Adam Larck
Seniors Kaitlyn Klister, left, and Danel Voorhees, right, pose with their pictures presented by, from left: Kinsey Emanuels, Elizabeth Verville and Bridgette Basso.

The Eagles won their fourth conference title in five years Saturday at Pekin.

Dunlap finished first in the Mid-Illini Invitational with 425 points, almost 100 points ahead of second place Metamora/Eureka/Roanoke-Benson.

Alaina Potts was the big winner for the Eagles, taking first in both the 50 freestyle in :25.76 and 100 breaststroke in 1:09.22.

She was also part of the winning 200 medley relay (1:55.88) and 200 freestyle relay (1:45.62).

Other members of the medley and freestyle relays included Kaylie Noll, Danel Voorhees and Anna Windsor.

Noll also picked up first place in the 200 freestyle in 2:03.55 and third in the 500 freestyle, while Ahern took first in the 200 IM in 2:23.35.

The other first-place finisher for the Eagles was Voorhees in the 100 fly in 1:00.17. She also placed third in the 100 backstroke.

Windsor took second in the 100 freestyle, Meredith Rashid took sixth in the diving competition and two 400 free relay teams took fourth and fifth.

On Oct. 24, the girls celebrated Senior Night with a 112-68 win over Pontiac.

“They looked real well,” coach Jim Bucher said. “They did a good job. I had some of my JV swimmers swimming some events and rested the varsity members for Saturday. We’re looking to take the Mid-Illini Invitational.”

The two seniors, Voorhees and Kaitlyn Klister, were honored after the meet with pictures of them swimming with comments left by the other swimmers.

Voorhees picked up first place in the 200 freestyle (2:02.13) and 100 backstroke (1:06.02).

Meanwhile, Klister took fourth in the 100 freestyle in 1:02.80 and was part of the second-place 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.

Other swimmers in the 200 medley relay included Tyler Steinmann, Angela Xue and Caroline Cooper. Cooper and Xue also swam in the 200 freestyle relay, along with Bridgette Basso.

Potts, who has already qualified for the State meet in the 100 breaststroke, won the event in 1:11.15. Caitlin Ahern was less than a second behind her in 1:12.37.

Potts also took first in the 50 freestyle in 26.74, while Ahern took first in the 200 IM in 2:25.80. Xue took second in the event, finishing about four seconds behind her.

In the diving event, IVC diver Meredith Rashid finished with a score if 119.25, less than four points behind first-place Pontiac diver Maureen Doran.

“Actually, the one diver that we have co-oping, Meredith from IVC, is doing a real nice job,” Bucher said. “She’ll be diving Saturday.”

Also nabbing first place victories for Dunlap was Kinsey Emanuels in the 100 fly (1:16.12) and Windsor in the 100 freestyle (58.08).

The Eagles also took the top three spots in the 500 freestyle. Kaylie Noll won the event in 5:27.35, Sarah Lang took second in 5:49.17 and Sarah Heinz came in third in 6:04.25.

Lang also took second in the 200 freestyle.

Dunlap finishes the season at 9-2 in dual meets. Their Sectionals will be Nov. 12 at Unity Township High School.

“With Sectionals two weeks after the Mid-Illini, I’m going to keep those guys going for another week or so,” Bucher said about practicing leading up to the Sectionals.