Shawe Memorial's Liz Grote qualified for the finals and five local relay teams also advanced to the next round after the preliminaries of the IHSAA Girls Swim Sectional Thursday at Floyd Central High School.

Grote, a senior, finished sixth in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:06.91 to reach Saturday's championship finals. The top eight finishers in each event advance to the finals while the next eight move onto the consolation finals. Grote was ninth in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:28.25.

All three Madison relay teams advanced. The 200-yard medley relay team of Amber Umila, Keelan Watkins, Tess Lemen and Taylor Phillips finished sixth in 2:09.16. Watkins, Phillips, Lemen and Lauren Anderson were sixth in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:53.57 and sixth in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 4:16.10.

"A great start to the sectional meet for us," Madison coach Stacy Crawley said.

Southwestern qualified for the finals in two relays. Jordan Worcester, Gianna Bennett, Lakin Henderson and Meredith Webber were seventh in the 200-yard medley relay in 2:10.52 and seventh in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 4:16.34.

"We were pleased with the time drops we had. We would have like to have had a few more," Southwestern coach Shelly Hamilton said. "Liz Grote of Shawe swam well too. She's been a little under the weather this week, so hopefully she will feel better Saturday."

All four local schools had swimmers reach the consolation finals.

Heading to the consolations from Madison are: Tess Lemen, 10th, 100 fly, 1:08.92; Lauren Anderson, 12th, 100 free, 1:01.95 and 13th, 200 free, 2:14.17; Keelin Watkins, 13th, 100 breast, 1:21.32; and Taylor Phillips, 16th, 100 back, 1:15.68.

Qualifying for the consolations from Southwestern are: Lakin Henderson, ninth, 100 breast, 1:18.56 and 15th, 100 fly, 1:14.79; Gianna Bennett, 10th, 100 breast, 1:18.57 and 12th, 2:31.30; Zaynah Watson, Sarah Schroeder, Sara Judge and Rebekah Anderson, 11th, 200 free relay, 2:10.30; Jordan Worcester, 13th, 500 free, 6:03.02 and 14th, 200 free, 2:14.47.

Reaching the consolation finals from Switzerland County were: Alyssa Yorn, Olivia Hewitt, Lauren Edwards and Samantha Reynolds, 13th, 200 medley relay, 2:35.78; Shelby Cole, Reynolds, Yorn and Hewitt, 13th, 400 free relay, 5:34.82; and Reynolds, Cole, Edwards and Hewitt, 14th, 2:23.66.

Other finishes for Madison were: Amber Umila, 17th, 100 free, 1:05.66 and 18th, 100 back, 1:17.99; Hannah Riley, 17th, 500 free, 6:30.56 and 19th, 200 free, 2:25.54; Cara Walker, 20th, 100 fly, 1:20.14 and 28th, 100 breast, 1:32.64; Bobbi Cruz, 21st, 200 IM, 2:52.90 and 25th, 100 breast, 1:29.33; Maggie Lee, 22nd, 50 free, 31.76 and 26th, 100 free, 1:12.11; and Becky Wickersham, 28th, 100 back, 1:32.14 and 32nd, 50 free, 35.21.

Other finishes for Southwestern were: Meredith Webber, 17th, 50 free, 29.68 and 29th, 100 free, 1:07.46; Rebekah Anderson, 19th, 500 free, 6:41.04 and 21st, 200 free, 2:29.63; Zaynah Watson, 24th, 100 fly, 1:26.62 and 27th, 200 IM, 3:01.24; Cassidy Weaver, 24th, 100 back, 1:23.28; Sarah Schroeder, 26th, 100 back, 1:28.93 and 30th, 200 free, 2:43.21; Ashley Truesdell, 27th, 100 back, 1:31.98 and 28th, 50 free, 33.95; Kaitlyn Deskins, 28th, 100 fly, 1:37.93; Carol Osborn, 28th, 500 free, 7:15.83; Taylor Suthard, 29th, 200 IM, 3:08.35 and 29th, 100 breast, 1:34.35; Sara Judge, 31st, 50 free, 34.64 and 32nd, 100 free, 1:18.81; and Jennah Butters, 34th, 100 free, 1:19.61.

Other finishers for Switzerland County were: Olivia Hewitt, 19th, 100 breast, 1:25.90; Alyssa Yorn, 25th, 100 back, 1:26.93; Shelby Cole, 32nd, 200 free, 2:51.98; Jacqueline Hensley, 32nd, 100 back, 1:40.33 and 41st, 50 free, 41.03; Rachel Ard, 33rd, 50 free, 35.42 and 37th, 100 free, 1:21.95; Samantha Christerson, 34th, 50 free, 35.92 and 36th, 100 free, 1:21.69; and Liz Nibarger, 36th, 100 breast, 2:03.52 and 43rd, 100 free, 1:46.49.

The finals will be Saturday starting at 1 p.m.