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Silver Hawks’ Calegan sets two state records

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LINCOLN — Two state records, seven more Top 10 marks and a first conference championship for one of the state’s oldest schools made Saturday’s Heartland Conference meet memorable.

While Lincoln Southwest roared to another girls title, Lincoln Northeast emerged as boys champion for the first time in school history.

All eight of the record-setting swims Saturday came from the Silver Hawk girls on the way to a 550-398 win over runner-up Lincoln East in the eight-team meet at Lincoln Southeast.

Northeast got a stirring victory in the final event — the 400-yard freestyle relay — to hold off defending champion Southwest for a 387-374 win. Lincoln Southeast finished third with 331 points, and Lincoln East was fourth with 315.

“Southwest and Southeast kicked our (behinds) today, but our philosophy for this meet has always been to swim well on Friday in the prelims,” Rockets coach Kyle Hunt said. “We swam really well yesterday and we get about a C-plus for today.”

The Silver Hawks got an A-plus on both days, but Saturday’s set of swims will be remembered as one of the all-time best performances at any conference meet.

Junior Olivia Calegan was involved in both of Southwest’s state-record performances. Calegan teamed with Clara Walstad, Alana Palmer and Shelby Mullendore to swim the fastest 200 freestyle relay time — 1:34.75 — in state history.

Walstad led off in 23.88, followed by Palmer (23.51), Mullendore (24.59) and Calegan’s anchor leg of 22.77.

Less than an hour later, Calegan topped her own state record in the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.51. She also won the 100 butterfly in 55.41 and teamed with Walstad, Anna Heinrich and Kaitlyn Witt to win the 200 medley relay in 1:45.34 to land at No. 2 on The World-Herald’s all-time chart.

Southwest coach Leigh Ann Fetter-Witt said the Silver Hawks did about as well as could be expected considering full tapers haven’t yet been taken because the state championship at the Devaney Center is still just under two weeks away.

“We just want to enjoy the moment, enjoy the victories, because we all realize these kinds of moments won’t always be here,” Fetter-Witt said. “What’s more mind-boggling is that they’re not fully rested yet.”

Junior Dannie Dilsaver solidified her spot on the all-time charts in the two individual events she swam. Dilsaver first won the 200 freestyle in 1:50.97 to remain at No. 5.

Dilsaver then became the third girl in state history to swim the 500 freestyle in under five minutes, finishing in 4:59.02. That time keeps Dilsaver at No. 3 on the all-time list.

Walstad and Palmer both debuted at No. 10 in a sprint freestyle race. Walstad won the 50 freestyle in 23.70, and Palmer took first in the 100 freestyle in 51.81. Walstad also moved from No. 9 to No. 6 in the 100 fly when she finished second to Calegan in 56.02.

The Silver Hawks closed the meet by winning the 400 freestyle relay in a season-best 3:30.49 swam by Palmer, Mullendore, Emma Vertin and Dilsaver. That time puts Southwest at No. 6 all-time.

Northeast secured its victory in the boys meet with its depth set up in Friday’s prelims and a 1-2 finish in Thursday’s diving competition by two-time defending state champion Austin Alexander and Aaron Haeffner.

The Rockets’ lone victory in an individual event came from sophomore Chase Larson, who won the 200 individual medley. Larson also led off the winning 400 free relay quartet in 49.92, teaming with Jacob Hawkins, Noah Heiser and Braly Keller to win in 3:19.45.

River Cities Conference

Omaha Duchesne and the Ralston/Omaha Gross boys won the team titles Saturday.

The Cardinals outscored Ralston/Gross 332-286. Monica Blake of Ralston/Gross had the lone girls meet record, winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.09.

Ralston/Gross beat the Beatrice co-op 358-256 for the boys title in a meet in which there were three meet records. Omaha Brownell-Talbot’s Lance Culjat set two records that formerly were held by Olympian Adam Mania of Beatrice.

Culjat set new standards in the 200 IM (1:57.09) and 100 breaststroke (59.19). Luke Hezel of Ralston/Gross set a record in the 100 backstroke (53.76).

GNAC

Hastings, Neb. — Norfolk won its sixth consecutive boys conference title and third straight girls championship.

The Panther boys won two of the three relays, and junior Cameron Carney won a pair of individual titles for Norfolk, which outscored runner-up Scottsbluff/Gering 358-256.

Norfolk’s girls also won two relays and five individual events en route to a 294-227 decision over runner-up Kearney in the seven-team meet.

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