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University High School senior Lilly Culp, a two-time state meet medalist, will make her fourth appearance in Friday and Saturday's 44th annual state meet at Evanston. 

Sectional swimming

Advancement: Winning swimmers and those meeting a qualifying standard advance to the Nov. 16-17 state meet at Evanston. Winning divers and the next 32 best non-winners statewide also advance.

Qualifying standards: 200-yard medley relay - 1:48.39; 200 freestyle - 1:55.10; 200 individual medley - 2:09.29; 50 freestyle - 24.37; 100 butterfly - 57.99; 100 freestyle - 52.98; 500 freestyle - 5:09.26; 200 freestyle relay - 1:38.11; 100 backstroke - 58.61; 100 breaststroke - 1:06.54; 400 freestyle relay - 3:35.05.

At Normal Community

When: Saturday: diving, 9 a.m.; swimming, 1 p.m.

Area entrants: Bloomington, University High, Normal West, Normal Community, Lincoln, Pontiac, Metamora co-op, Olympia, Tri-Valley

Team outlook: Normal Community is the defending champion while University High comes in as the Intercity and Central State Eight Conference champion. Normal West won the Big 12 Conference crown. 

Individual outlook: Iowa-recruit Macy Rink of BHS is the only area swimmer with season bests under the state qualifying standards as she has gone 1:53.98 in the 200 freestyle and 52.95 in the 200 freestyle. Those marks rank seventh and 13th, respectively, in the state this season. In last year's state meet, she was fifth in the 200 free and 12th in the 100 free...U High has three state meet veterans in Lilly Culp, Poleena Kovalaske and Caroline Bazan. Culp is seeded first in the 200 IM (2:12.63) and 100 fly (58.89) while Kovalaske is favored in the 50 free (24.67). The Pioneers are seeded first in all three relays. West's Ali Pearson is the top seed in the 500 free (5:16.48) and 100 breaststroke (1:09.14). Sophie Benson of NCHS is favored in the 100 backstroke (1:02.39).

At Champaign Centennial

When: Saturday

Area entrant: Clinton

— Compiled by Randy Sharer

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— Compiled by Randy Sharer



Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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