Caroline Theil posted a pair of all-time marks Saturday, which has made it even tougher for her to select her individual events at state.
The Lincoln Pius X sophomore moved from No. 9 to No. 2 on The WORLD-HERALD's all time chart in the 200-yard individual medley (2:03.18) and solidified her standing at No. 8 all-time in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.52) in helping Pius win Elkhorn's Fete Fling Invitational.
As the defending state champ in the 100 and 200 freestyle races, Theil might be inclined to take another crack at those events. Her performance Saturday has her flush with options.
"Right now, I'm thinking about the 200 IM, the 200 free, the 100 free and the 100 (butter) fly," Theil said. "After seeing that big of a time drop today, I'm thinking I can go faster in the IM. It's something to think about."
The Thunderbolts edged host Elkhorn/Elkhorn South 456435, while Omaha Creighton Prep won the boys title with 561 points, well ahead of runner-up Elkhorn/Elkhorn South's 402 at the 12-team invitational.
Meanwhile at the nine-team Millard South Invitational, Lincoln Southwest's girls and the Papillion-La Vista/PapillionLa Vista South boys won the first-place plaques. Southwest won seven of the eight individual events and all three relays to outscore runner-up Lincoln East 374-208 for the girls championship.
Silver Hawks freshman Clara Walstad moved from No. 7 to No. 3 all-time in the 100 backstroke with a 56.41.
The Papio co-op edged the host Patriots 268-243 for the boys title. These invitationals were the final big tuneups before the four conference championship meets Feb. 13: the Metro Conference at Millard West, Heartland at Lincoln Southeast, River Cities at Ralston and Greater Nebraska at Hastings.
— Steve Beideck