Kate Dilsaver gave swimming a try when she was younger, but she found two other sports that she loved more than being in the water.

The Lincoln Southwest sophomore qualified Friday for the finals in all three Class A sprints.

Dilsaver was the fastest qualifier in the 200 meters at 25.06. She also was third in the 100 (12.29) and fourth in the 400 (58.18), making for a busy day Saturday that will end with her running a leg on the Silver Hawks’ 1,600 relay.

She also was a key reserve on Southwest’s basketball team that lost to Millard North in the Class A championship game. Dilsaver scored nine points in Southwest’s first-round victory over Omaha Westside, three in the semifinal against Lincoln East and seven in 18 minutes in the title game.

Dilsaver’s older sister Dannie recently completed her second season of swimming at California and is looking to transfer for her final two seasons. Dannie won five individual gold medals, including three in the 200-yard individual medley, and holds the state record in that event.

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Dannie also competed in three events at the 2016 Olympic Trials: the 100 breaststroke and the 200 and 400 individual medleys.

Kate said she didn’t develop the same love for swimming that Dannie did. When asked to pick a favorite between basketball and track, Kate took the diplomatic path.

“I like both of them,” she said. “I just found out that I really loved both of these sports. I just didn’t have that same drive that Dannie has for swimming.”

That she also runs cross country might indicate Dilsaver is partial to running. It’s not a common sight to see a sprinter running 5,000-meter races on golf courses and in parks, and Dilsaver isn’t just out for the training.

She finished 15th overall in Class A to help the Silver Hawks finish fourth last year. Southwest also finished fourth in 2017, when Dilsaver was 12th individually.

The hot and breezy conditions during Friday’s morning and early afternoon session didn’t bother Dilsaver, although it was the hottest day of the track season.

“Everybody had to run in the same weather, so it didn’t really make any difference to me,” Dilsaver said. “Same thing if it rains tomorrow. We all have to be ready for anything.”

Dilsaver entered the meet with the state’s fastest times in the 200 and 400, and was ranked 10th in the 100 at 12.42. She will move up the season chart in the 100 after her 12.29 in the prelims.

For now, the focus is on scoring as many points as possible to help the Silver Hawks in their quest to defend their Class A team title.

“We’re all trying to get ourselves in position to be successful tomorrow,” Dilsaver said. “We just need to come out and do our best.”

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