The Lincoln Sectional VIII swimming meet this week at Woods Pool featured nearly 350 swimmers and 49 teams.
By the end of Saturday, the fourth day of the event, it was Club Huskers claiming the team title. The group, coached by Kyle Hunt, scored 1,550½ points. Arkansas Dolphins Swim Team (1,199½) was second, Empire KC Swim Club (1,193) was third and River City Aquatics (959) was fourth. Lincoln Select was fifth with 889 points.
Club Huskers was aided by many top-five finishes, including a sweep of the women's relays. That included Saturday's 400-meter medley relay. The team of Carla Gonzalez, Jordan Ehly, Jacqueline Jeschke and Kaylyn Flatt won in 4 minutes, 22.71 seconds.
During Saturday's individual races, it was a pair of Lincoln Southwest graduates atop their respective events.
Dannie Dilsaver notched her second victory of the week, winning the 200-meter individual medley in 2:19.31. Dilsaver's Greater Nebraska Swim Team teammate, Caroline Theil, placed second in 2:19.93, and Ehly was third. Both Dilsaver and Theil swam to U.S. Open cuts in the finals.
Olivia Calegan, who won seven individual state gold medals in high school, won her signature event, the 50 freestyle, in :26.69. Nebraska's Lindsay Helferich (:26.84) was second and Laura Miksch (:26.95) was third.
This marked the first time Lincoln had hosted a USA Swimming-sanctioned sectional. The annual summer event is typically held in Columbia, Missouri, but the University of Missouri was planning to renovate its swimming facility (though now that's not happening until next summer).
Lincoln Select coach Louis Balogh helped piece together Lincoln's bid. Balogh said the outdoor sectional was the first of its kind since the 1990s. Most take place at an indoor pool.
Woods Pool will host the Midwest Long Course Championships on July 27-30.
— Clark Grell