Swimming and Diving

Swimming and Diving

Outgoing LOVC members name new conference

Fifteen members of the present-day Little Okaw Valley Conference now have a new banner under which they’ll compete moving forward.

Starting with the 2019-2020 school year, these institutions will be part of the Lincoln Prairie Conference. League president Matthew Shoaff, Okaw Valley’s principal, announced the title through a Tuesday press release.

News-Gazette All-Area content from 2018-19 school year

Below is All-Area content from the 2018-19 high school sports season, put together by members of The News-Gazette staff. Spring sports packages will be available by, at the latest, early July.

Prep pulse: April 1, 2019

Even when a high school sport's IHSA season ends, so often these days that event continues on in other ways.

Such is the case with swimming and diving.

And business is booming for the Champaign Heat, as coach Will Barker took 15 athletes to the 2019 YMCA Short Course Nationals, which started today in Greensboro, N.C., and runs through Friday.

2019 N-G All-Area boys' swimming and diving teams



Ethan Chow Urbana Sr.

Brodie Goss Sullivan Sr.

Cole Grimes Centennial Jr.

Mikey Hynds Champaign Central Sr.

Nik Johnson Champaign Central Jr.

Andrew Lin Uni High Fr.

Damien McMullen Centennial Jr.

Justin To Champaign Central Sr.

2019 N-G boys' swimming and diving Coach of the Year: Champaign Central's Dave Young

Coach of the Year | Champaign Central's Dave Young

Why he's Coach of the Year: Young oversaw a group of Maroons that won a sectional championship, sent two individuals (Nik Johnson in the 50-yard freestyle and Mikey Hynds in diving) and two relays to state and produced the la

Final area boys' swimming leaders: March 29, 2019

200 Medley Relay

Swimmer/School Time

Champaign Central 1:39.87

Centennial 1:40.96

Urbana University 1:43.02

Sullivan 1:52.26

Urbana 1:54.40

Mahomet-Seymour 1:56.81

Danville 2:14.28

200 Freestyle

Ryan Wierschem, Ch. Central 1:44.30

Brothers influence Wierschem on road to success at Champaign Central

CHAMPAIGN — Ryan Wierschem doesn't possess a concrete reason for why he fell in love with swimming.

As the soft-spoken Champaign Central junior describes it, "I don't do this much soul-searching."

Ryan enjoyed archery and gymnastics when he was younger, but it was a water-based venture that stuck for the latest News-Gazette All-Area boys' swimming and diving Athlete of the Year.

Prep pulse: March 18, 2019

The spring sports season is officially under way.

Baseball, softball, girls' soccer and boys' tennis events were contested last week through iffy weather, joining the already-ongoing indoor track and field scene.

That means there are some things to discuss pertaining to the conclusion of winter prep athletics and the start of the spring campaign.

Friday's prep highlights: GCMS wins regional title

In boys' basketball

IHSA Regionals

Class 2A

AMonticello Regional