Where: Winnetka New Trier
When: Friday – diving preliminaries, 9 a.m., swimming preliminaries 3:30 p.m. Saturday – diving and swimming finals, 11 a.m
Format: The 12 fastest swimmers from Friday’s prelims advance to Saturday. Top six times (A finals) swim for state title, while the other six compete in the consolation (B) finals.
Area qualifiers (in event order): 200 medley relay — Metamora Co-op (Michael Meinert, fr., Justin Alderson, jr, Dalton Brown, jr., Noah Nelson, sr.);LaSalle-Peru Co-op (Luke Mertes, fr., Zach Nelson, jr., Joe Ovanic, fr., Jacob Pocivasek, sr.).200 free — Zach Boley, sr., Dunlap Co-op. 200 IM — Daniel Matlock, sr., Richwoods; Justin Alderson, jr., Metamora Co-op. 50 free — Ben Owens, sr., Dunlap Co-op; Jacob Pocivasek, sr., LaSalle-Peru Co-op. Diving-Gabe Ferlmann, sr., Notre Dame; Blake Torrey, so., Richwoods; Ben Plank-Hogberg, so., Dunlap Co-op. 100 fly — Daniel Matlock, sr., Richwoods.100 free — Ben Owens, sr., Dunlap Co-op; Jacob Pocivasek, sr., LaSalle-Peru Co-op. 500 free — Zach Boley, sr., Dunlap Co-op. 200 free relay — Dunlap Co-op (Zach Boley, sr., Sam Dains, sr., Zach Glover, sr., Ben Owens, sr.). 100 breast — Justin Alderson, jr., Metamora Co-op; Drew Giles, sr., Galesburg. 400 free relay — Dunlap Co-op (Zach Boley, sr., Austin Graham, jr., Zach Glover, sr., Ben Owens, sr.); Richwoods (Zack Dollman, so., Jared Aviles, jr., Jacob Greenan, jr., Daniel Matlock, sr.).
Outlook: Metamora Co-op junior Justin Alderson finished eighth in both the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke last year, and qualified for both events again. He also will be swimming a leg in the 200 medley relay for the Redbirds. Alderson had the 12th fastest sectional qualifying time in the 200 IM. ... Richwoods senior Daniel Matlock, a four-time state qualifier, will be looking for his first finals at state. He finished 13th in the 200 IM last year, and as a sophomore just missed both B finals, finishing 13th in both the 200 IM and the 100 fly. He swam the sixth fastest sectional qualifying time in the 200 IM this year, beating Alderson by more than at second for the title at Normal West. ... Dunlap senior Ben Owens posted the sixth fastest qualifying time in the 100 free and 12th fastest in the 50 free. He finished 21st in the 50 free and 26th in the 100 free last year. ... Dunlap senior Zach Boley, like Owens a four-time state qualifier, finished seventh last year in the 500 free. He also qualified in the 200 free. ... Notre Dame senior Gabe Ferlmann qualified for state in diving for the second straight year. He had the 14th highest qualifying score at sectionals.