Swim team wins first Sectional title

Adam Larck
The Dunlap girls swim team poses with its Sectional title on Saturday. The Eagles won the meet with 278 points, 50 more than the runner-up.

The Dunlap girls swim teams great season continued Saturday at East Moline.

The Eagles, at the Illinois High School Association Sectionals, won its first Sectional title in team history with 278 points, 50 more points than second-place Sterling.

“The girls deserve it. They’ve worked real hard this year,” coach Jim Bucher said. “I was real pleased the way we started in the medley relay. After that, it was a momentum builder, and we continued on.”

The Eagles started off strong by winning the 200 medley relay with a pool record time of 1 minute, 51:12 seconds.

The time was also the best the team has swam this season and a new varsity record.

The team consisted of Kaitlyn Klister, Alaina Potts, Danel Voorhees and Anna Windsor.

In the 200 IM, Caitlin Ahern and Angela Xue took third in fourth, respectively, but neither swam quick enough to advance to State.

Potts took second in the 50 freestyle, but will advance to State in the 100 breaststroke. She took first in the event at Sectionals with a 1:08.16.

Potts also set a new Dunlap record.

The biggest swim of the day for Dunlap came from Voorhees in the 100 butterfly.

Voorhees won the event in :56.79, setting a pool and school record.

“That surprised me,” Bucher said. “I was hoping she’d go at least a 57, and she came out in a 56. I think she surprised herself with that swim.”

Voorhees also took second in the 100 backstroke, but did not earn a qualifying time for state.

However, she did set a new Dunlap record.

Also advancing to State for the Eagles is Kaylie Noll in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:19.79, and the 200 freestyle relay team of Voorheees, Noll, Windsor and Potts in 1:42.59.

The 400 freestyle relay team almost advanced as well, finishing slightly behind the team from Sterling.

The five qualifying teams will compete Friday and Saturday at Winnetka (New Trier).