Voorhees misses swimming State finals by inches

Adam Larck
The Dunlap girls Sectional and State swimmers pose on top of a Dunlap fire truck Monday morning. The truck took the girls to school with the sirens and lights on to celebrate their season.

All Danel Voorhees needed were a few more inches on Saturday at New Trier.

Voorhees, competing in the 100-yard butterfly at the swimming State preliminaries, finished fourth in her heat with a time of 57.19 seconds.

Overall, Voorhees, a senior, had the 13th best time in the prelims. However, only the top 12 advanced.

“I just wanted it so bad, but I still went out there and did the best I could,” Voorhees said. “I just fell a little behind and couldn’t quite catch up. But I really gave all I had in that race, because I could barely get out of the pool.”

Veronica Gibson, of Oak Park Fenwick, took the 12th spot in :56.97, only .22 ahead of Voorhees.

Voorhees was seeded fifth in the event going into it. This was the second-best butterfly she had swam, the best being the week before in :56.79.

Meanwhile, in the 500-yard freestyle, sophomore Kaylie Noll was less than a second behind her Sectional time, finishing in 41st-place in a time of 5:20.17.

Freshman Alaina Potts swam the 100-yard breaststroke, taking 30th in 1:08.18. She was .06 seconds away from 29th.

Two relay teams competed in the prelims as well. In the 200-yard medley relay, the team of senior Kaitlyn Klister, Potts, Voorhees and junior Anna Windsor took 32nd in 1:51.74.

In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Voorhees, Noll, Windsor and Potts finished 35th in 1:41.98.

Except for Voorhees and Klister, all Eagles will be back next year for another State run.