Farris, Pinter power NCHS to sectional swim title

Farris, Pinter power NCHS to sectional swim title

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Senior Brian Farris and junior Tyler Pinter each won two individual events and were on two winning relays Saturday to lead Normal Community High School's boys swim team to its second straight sectional championship at Pekin.

Farris, an Iowa recruit, won the 200-yard freestyle (1:43.61) and 500 freestyle (4:45.58). He placed fourth in the state in both events last year.

Pinter took first Saturday in the 50 freestyle (22.38) and 100 freestyle (48.87). He and Farris joined Bret Starkey and Samarth Bhaskar on the victorious 200 medley relay (1:38.67) and teamed with Bhaskar and Paul Ostrosky on the winning 400 freestyle relay (3:14.84).

They led NCHS to 239 points. Bloomington and Pekin tied for second with 159, with Normal West fourth (147), University High sixth (94), Eureka ninth (36) and Pontiac 10th (29). The first-place finishers in each event and those meeting or bettering qualifying standards advanced to next weekend's State Meet at Evanston.

Other Pantagraph area individual winners were sophomore Justin Wolfe of Bloomington, who took the 100 butterfly (52.58), and Normal West sophomore Justin Ruszkowski, who was first in diving with a 391.05 total.

Bloomington's 200 freestyle relay team of Wolfe, Chase Fillingham, Brian Yount and Tariq Mohammed was victorious in a school-record 1:29.95. The Raiders' 400 freestyle relay placed second, but advanced because its 3:18.05 time bettered the qualifying standard. That relay included Fillingham, Wolfe, Yount and Jared Bradd.

Wolfe also qualified in the 50 freestyle with his second-place time of 22.4. Others surpassing qualifying standards included NCHS' Bhaskar in the 100 butterfly (52.65), and Normal West's Cory Thomas (4:49.82) and NCHS' Ostrosky (4:52.98) in the 500 freestyle.

"We had a great day," NCHS coach Vicki Kobel said. "We sent several individuals to state who did not make it last year. Paul Ostrosky barely missed advancing in the 200 (freestyle) but made it in the 500, and Samarth (Bhaskar) made it in the 100 fly.

"Tyler Pinter really had a great day. He was nearly perfect in all of his races. And both of our relays had great times."

At Champaign

The Pantagraph area had no state qualifiers in the Champaign Centennial Sectional.

Lincoln led area teams, placing fifth with 68 points. Olympia was ninth with 34 and PBL 21st with 1.5.

Champaign Central won easily with 305 points, followed by Centennial with 219.5.

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