Grote
Grote
Shawe's Liz Grote and Southwestern's Gianna Bennett both set school records in the finals of the IHSAA Girls Swim Sectional Saturday at Floyd Central.

Grote finished seventh in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:05.51 and 10th in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:25.56 to set two Hilltopper records.

Bennett finished 12 in the 200 IM in 2:28.36 to break teammate Jordan Worcester's Southwestern record of 2:31.13 set last year.

"We were thrilled for Gianna. She worked very hard to earn this achievement," Southwestern coach Shelly Hamilton said.

Madison finished sixth in all three relays, the top finishes by any local swimmers. As a team, the Cubs placed sixth with 99 points.

"What a great finish to the season. With a small girls team, we are thrilled with our sixth place finish," Madison coach Stacy Crawley said. "The girls swam hard all season and deserve a gold star for their effort and dedication. Two years ago we had one and a half times the girls we have now and finished in sixth place. Our girls definitely have heart."

Finishes for Madison were: Amber Umila, Keelan Watkins, Tess Lemen and Taylor Phillips, sixth, 200 medley relay, 2:07.52; Watkins, Phillips, Lemen and Lauren Anderson, sixth, 200 free relay, 1:52.53; Umila, Anderson, Lemen and Phillips, sixth, 400 free relay, 4:09.59; Lemen, 10th, 100 fly, 1:08.87; Watkins, 11th, 100 breast, 1:19.91; Anderson, 12th, 100 free, 1:01.42 and 15th, 200 free, 2:15.53; and Phillips, 16th, 100 back, 1:16.24.

Other finishes for Southwestern were: Jordan Worcester, Gianna Bennett, Lakin Henderson and Meredith Webber, seventh, 200 medley relay, 2:09.02; Worcester, Webber, Rebekah Anderson and Bennett, seventh, 400 free relay, 4:13.56; Henderson, ninth, 100 breast, 1:17.93 and 13th, 100 fly, 1:12.38; Bennett, 10th, 100 breast, 1:18.52; Anderson, Sara Judge, Sarah Schroeder and Zaynah Watson, 11th, 200 free relay, 2:08.64; and Worcester, 14th, 500 free, 6:02.56 and 16th, 200 free, 2:16.90.

Floyd Central won the sectional crown with 402 points. The rest of the team scores were: New Albany, 385; Jeffersonville, 365; Seymour, 274; Jennings Co., 258; Scottsburg, 99, Madison, 99; Southwestern, 89; North Harrison, 86; Salem, 85; Corydon Central, 51; Silver Creek, 27; Shawe, 19; and Providence, 10.

The boys sectional is Feb. 14.