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CHAMPAIGN – The road to state in IHSA swimming and diving leads through Unit 4 Pool on Saturday.
Centennial will host one of 16 sectional meets throughout Illinois, which will determine the field for the state finals Feb. 22-23 at Evanston. Diving begins at 9 a.m., with the first swimming event scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
CHAMPAIGN – You've read this one before. The Big 12 Conference champion in the 200-yard freestyle is a guy named McGill.
Before he graduated in 2006, Tyler McGill ruled that particular league race, winning all three times he entered the event.
CHAMPAIGN – As recently as Thursday, Chester Dols' availability for the Charger Invitational was a major question mark.
"I didn't even know if I would be swimming at this meet," the Urbana senior and reigning News-Gazette Area Swimmer of the Year said. "I couldn't lift my arm past 90 degrees without severe pain a few days ago."
URBANA – Karl Heine never will take his high school pool for granted. Not after being without the Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center for nearly two months last season.
"I'm glad that we have it back," the Urbana sophomore swimmer said. "I think we can train much better in this pool than we could in Campus Connections."
WINNETKA – Centennial divers Emily Weber and Norah Cetin on Friday reached the finals of the state meet.
Weber is eighth heading into today's finals, compiling 254.70 points. Cetin, who set pool and meet records while winning last week's sectional, is ninth at 250.95.
CHAMPAIGN – Athena Liao shocked herself Saturday. This weekend, she'll get a chance to show the state how far she's come.
The Urbana senior, who spent much of the season recovering from summer knee surgery, is seeded seventh and eighth in her top events at the state swimming and diving meet in Winnetka.
CHAMPAIGN – It's a tradition that the coach of the sectional championship swimming and diving team gets tossed into the pool – with clothes on – by the team's members.
Champaign Central's Will Barker got that honor Saturday, but as much as the Maroons enjoyed shoving their veteran coach into the Unit 4 pool's water, they had an ever better time in the preceding three hours.
URBANA – Every story has a beginning, and this one starts with a concerned mom and dad wanting to do the right thing for their child.
"My parents wanted me to learn to swim for safety," Anne Danenhower said.
BLOOMINGTON – Rarely does a team win a swimming and diving meet with three event victories.
The Champaign Central Maroons proved Saturday they're a rare bunch.
CHAMPAIGN – Urbana senior Athena Liao was exhausted after Tuesday's Twin City Swimming and Diving Meet.
But it was a good kind of tired. Rarely has she felt better.