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February 21, 2014

Western leads local swimmers in preliminaries

Panthers' Brown scores top seeds in 200, 500 free.

NOBLESVILLE — Western sophomore Glen Brown will enter Saturday’s Noblesville Boys Swimming and Diving Sectional finals with the top seed in both the 200-yard freestyle and 500 freestyle after finishing with the top time in both events in Thursday’s preliminary round.

Brown posted the top time in the 200 free in 1:44.27, and returned to post the night’s best finish in the 500 free in 4:44.41. That 500 free time is below state-cut time (4:44.69), but Brown will have to repeat that performance in Saturday’s finals to earn the automatic passage to the state finals. He’s just over a quarter of a second off of state-cut time in the 200 free (1:43.99).

“He’s going to have to swim faster Saturday than he did [Thursday] night to maintain those,” Western coach Brad Bennett said. “He had two nice races, swimming really nice times. I think he had a little left in the tank, but so does his competition.”

Western advanced 20 of its 27 swims to Saturday’s finals. The top eight seeds in the preliminaries swim in the championship finals, the next eight swim in the consolation finals.

Josh Everetts will swim in the championship heat of the 500 free as the No. 8 seed after turning in a time of 5:27.88 Thursday.

The 200 and 400 free relay teams, made up of the same foursome of Asa Sheffer, Matt Duke, Connor Hill and Brown will both be seeded third.

Everetts was 14th in the 200 free, while Reggie Manuel followed in 16th. Duke was ninth in the 200 IM, while Josh Jansen was 12th and Jim Kelly 14th. Sheffer and Hill finished 10th and 15th respectively in the 50 free, while Duke and Jansen were 11th and 15th respectively in the 100 fly.

Sheffer added a 12th-place showing in the 100 free, while Hill followed in 16th. Adam Lyons was 12th in the 500 free, Kelly was 16th in the 100 backstroke, and Ted Martin took 16th in the 100 breast stroke.

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