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Briner Headed To State


Manchester swimmer Josie Briner won two events at the Warsaw sectional and is headed to the state finals. The Lady Squires finished fifth at the meet.

The girls team rode the momentum from Thursday night’s sectional prelims into a phenomenal showing at Saturday’s sectional swimming finals at Warsaw. The 200 medley relay team of Rachel Garcia, Hannah Eberly, Josie Briner, and Noelle Walt opened the meet by lowering their school record from Thursday night by two seconds, finishing 5th in 1:58.20.

In the 200 freestyle, Elena Lawrence knocked another second off of her personal best to finish 15th in 2:22.79.

Josie Briner swam a lifetime best 2:14.63 in the 200 IM to win by almost 6 seconds and punch her ticket to the state meet. This is the 4th consectutive year Josie has won the 200 IM at the Warsaw Sectional.

In the 50 freestyle, Rachel Garcia battled to a third place finish with a season best 25.42.

Briner picked up her second victory of the day in the 100 butterfly. Her time of 58.59 broke the school record set by Halle Briner in 2019 by .01 seconds.

Garcia continued her strong meet by placing runner-up in the 100 freestyle with a season best time of 55.82.

In the 500 freestyle, Evyn Fox continued her rapid improvement by dropping another 8 seconds off her lifetime best finishing 13th in 6:26.45.

The 200 freestyle relay of Hannah Eberly, Rachel Garcia, Noelle Walt, and Josie Briner finished 3rd with a time of 1:47.65.

Elena Lawrence posted another lifetime best in the 100 backstroke, finishing 8th in 1:13.03.

Hannah Eberly wrapped up a successful junior season by finishing 6th in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:16.82.

In the final event of the day, the 400 freestyle relay team of Sophie Anglin, Evyn Fox, Noelle Walt, and Elena Lawrence finished 6th in 4:29.38.

Over the two day meet, the Squires broke three school records, and nearly every swim by a Manchester swimmer was a season or lifetime best. Manchester placed 5th overall which was a tremendous improvement over last season’s 10th place finish. The season will wrap up next weekend at the state finals the IUPUI Natatorioum in Indianapolis where Josie Briner will compete in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly.

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