When racing in the same event eight days after posting a personal best time, a bit of a letdown can be excused.

Even with that exception, Isabella Pantano had a terrific day Saturday at the Elkhorn Swimming and Diving Invitational.

The Omaha Marian junior posted a career-best time in the 100-yard backstroke at last week’s USA Swimming Winter Junior Nationals West in Austin, Texas. Pantano touched in 54.62 seconds, a time that is 0.05 seconds faster than the state record of 54.67 set in 2017 by Clara Walstad of Lincoln Southwest.

But because the Junior Nationals are not part of the high school schedule, that time cannot count as a state record. What Pantano did Saturday, though, did move her to No. 2 on The World-Herald’s all-time Top 10 backstroke list.

Pantano touched the wall at Elkhorn’s Common Ground in 55.40, making her the second female swimmer in state history to finish the 100 backstroke in under 56 seconds. Not bad for an early-season swim with no rest.

“I wasn’t as rested, and this is an old suit, and I wasn’t shaved or tapered,” Pantano said. “So I think it went really well. I had a really good mindset about it.”

Pantano also didn’t have much rest before her swims in Austin. She only rested for two-and-a-half days.

“I was really nervous, and I think I used that to my advantage,” Pantano said. “I think I had a better racing mentality than I have in the past because I really wanted to do well. I want to do well all the time, but I really wanted to see what I could do.”

Pantano also won the 100 freestyle Saturday in 54.76 and was a member of the Crusaders’ quartet that set a meet record of 1:46.06 in winning the 200 medley relay. Maddie Clark, Jocelyn Randby, Pantano and Amanda Allberry bettered the previous record by 2.35 seconds and now are No. 6 all time in that event.

Randby also debuts at No. 7 all time in the 100 breaststroke after setting a meet record in 1:03.98. The sophomore also had a career-best time in Austin in that race of 1:03.62 that would put her at No. 5 all time.

Marian won the girls team title with 642.5 points while host Elkhorn/Elkhorn South edged Lincoln Pius X 447-387 to win the boys title.


Team scoring: Elkhorn/Elkhorn South 447, Lincoln Pius X 387, Ralston/Omaha Gross 269.5, Omaha Skutt/Elkhorn Mt. Michael 216.5, Council Bluffs Lewis Central 215, Omaha Burke 175, Bellevue West 140, Fremont 104, Gretna 93, Omaha Brownell/Concordia/Roncalli 89, South Sioux City 88, Columbus 45, Council Buffs Abraham Lincoln 19.

Event winners

200-yard medley relay: Lincoln Pius X (Jordan Coffey, Eli Vyhlidal, Crispin Corpuz, Logan Kempf), 1:40.17. 200 freestyle: Mason Parks, CBLC, 1:47.87. 200 individual medley: Francesco Leo, R/G, 2:05.96. 50 freestyle: Austin Smith, E/ES, 22.16. 1-meter diving: Charlie Frisbie, E/ES, 379.00 points. 100 butterfly: Coffey, 54.77. 100 freestyle: Smith, 48.04. 500 freestyle: Alex Becker, Pius X, 5:08.31. 200 freestyle relay: Elkhorn/Elkhorn South (Nicklas Sundstrom, Ethan Kloster, Connor Gress, Smith), 1:31.75. 100 backstroke: Kody Hollingsworth, Burke, 53.00. 100 breaststroke: Vyhlidal, 1:03.49. 400 freestyle relay: Lincoln Pius X (Ethan Newland, Lucas Huber, Lucas Welsh, Coffey), 3:24.50.


Team scoring: Omaha Marian 642.5, Elkhorn/Elkhorn South 427, Lincoln Pius X 295, Omaha Burke 261.5, Omaha Duchesne 216, Fremont 117, Bellevue West 74.5, Omaha Brownell/Concordia/Mercy/Roncalli 73, Omaha Skutt 61, Columbus 54.5, Ralston/Omaha Gross 45, Gretna 30.

Event winners

200-yard medley relay: Omaha Marian (Maddie Clark, Jocelyn Randby, Isabella Pantano, Amanda Allbery), 1:46.06 (meet record, betters own 1:48.41, 2017; No. 6 all-time). 200 freestyle: Bella Schinco, Marian, 1:58.60. 200 individual medley: Randby, 2:09.99. 50 freestyle: Emma Walz, Fremont, 25.40. 1-meter diving: Megan Carter, Marian, 453.90 points. 100 butterfly: Rylee Trojan, Marian, 59.36. 100 freestyle: Pantano, 54.76. 500 freestyle: Sydney Cole, E/ES, 5:14.50. 200 freestyle relay: Omaha Marian (Randby, Clark, Bethany Bespoyasny, Schinco), 1:40.06. 100 backstroke: Pantano, 55.40 (meet record, betters 57.25 by Elizabeth Richardson, Omaha Burke, 2017, No 2 all-time). 100 breaststroke: Randby, 1:03.98 (meet record, betters 1:06.61 by Caroline Theil, Lincoln Pius X, 2015, No. 7 all-time). 400 freestyle relay: Omaha Marian (Abbie Kellen, Schinco, Bespoyasny, Pantano), 3:40.48.

Southwest girls, Westside boys win at Southeast

Defending girls state champion Lincoln Southwest and Omaha Westside’s boys won the team titles Saturday at Lincoln Southeast’s Knight Invitational.

Southwest won all three relays and two individual events for a 366-306.5 win over runner-up Omaha Westside. The Westside boys edged Millard West 323-293 while having just one individual event winner, Koby Bretz in 1-meter diving.

Papillion-La Vista sophomore Luke Barr debuted at No. 9 on The World-Herald’s all-time Top 10 list by winning the 200-yard individual medley in 1:52.62.


Team scoring: Omaha Westside 323, Millard West 293, Lincoln East 263, Papillion-La Vista/PLV South 260.5, Norfolk/Norfolk Catholic 187, Lincoln Southwest 174, Millard South 139, Grand Island 105, Kearney 104.5, Hastings 94, Millard North 90, Lincoln Northeast 84, Omaha Central 81, Lincoln Southeast 45, Lincoln High 37, Omaha North 37, Beatrice/Fairbury/Freeman/Norris 8.

Event winners

200-yard medley relay: Papillion-La Vista/PLV South (Mark Cavanaugh, Luke Barr, Daniel Keller, Joe Ciriaco), 1:36.57. 200 freestyle: Jonathan Novinski, GI, 1:44.64. 200 individual medley: Barr, 1:52.62 (No. 9 all-time). 50 freestyle: Cavanaugh, 22.16. 1-meter diving: Koby Bretz, Westside, 455.10 points. 100 butterfly: Mateo Miceli, MW, 51.68. 100 freestyle: Cavanaugh, 48.26. 500 freestyle: Novinski, 4:41.35. 200 freestyle relay: Papillion-La Vista/PLV South (Barr, Ciriaco, Sean McElmeel, Cavanaugh), 1:26.99. 100 backstroke: Miceli, 50.99. 100 breaststroke: Alex Petty, LE, 59.74. 400 freestyle relay: Millard West (Brayden Moody, Jordan Stalheim, Miceli, Ben DuBay), 3:15.60.


Team scoring: Lincoln Southwest 366, Omaha Westside 306.5, Lincoln East 268, Papillion-La Vista/PLV South 264.5, Millard North 228.5, Millard West 191, Norfolk/Norfolk Catholic 117, Omaha Central 105, Lincoln Southeast 99.5, Hastings 97, Beatrice/Fairbury/Freeman/Norris 78, Lincoln High 60, Omaha North 51, Grand Island 43, Millard South 18, Lincoln North Star 14, Kearney 12, Lincoln Northeast 6.

Event winners

200-yard medley relay: Lincoln Southwest (Allie Hathaway, Anna Heinrich, Isabella Morales, Reanne Reida), 1:50.13. 200 freestyle: Berkeley Livingston, LSW, 1:56.85. 200 individual medley: Olivia Dendinger, PLV, 2:12.25. 50 freestyle: Heinrich, 24.82. 1-meter diving: Audrey Frohloff, MW, 415.20 points. 100 butterfly: Hannah Hailu, MN, 58.03. 100 freestyle: Morgan Baker, Hastings, 54.78. 500 freestyle: Lanyon Mlinek, LSW, 5:17.11. 200 freestyle relay: Lincoln Southwest (Marti Walstad, Reida, Livingston, Heinrich), 1:39.95. 100 backstroke: Hailu, 58.65. 100 breaststroke: Dendinger, 1:06.44. 400 freestyle relay: Lincoln Southwest (Livingston, Hathaway, Morales, Walstad), 3:40.28.

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