Swimming and Diving

Swimming and Diving

Prep pulse: Dec. 10, 2018

It can be challenging to keep track of local high-schoolers once they leave the prep realm.

But it's always nice when we can provide a positive update on the exploits of a former area athlete.

Ex-Champaign Central athletic director John Woods helped us out with that. His son Payton, another former Maroon, is a junior with the Michigan State men's swimming and diving program.

Illineks sophomore Broaders lives — and swims — for the thrills

URBANA — Motivation comes in all shapes and sizes.

Reed Broaders discovered one of the most tangible forms in recent history, when she suited up for the girls' state swimming and diving meet last month.

The Uni High sophomore traveled to Evanston after advancing individually in the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke, as well as with the Illineks' 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

2018 All-Area girls' swimming and diving teams

All-Area First Team


Megan Bernacchi Jr. Centennial

Raine Bernhard Sr. Uni High

Reed Broaders So. Uni High

Lauren Feddersen Sr. Centennial

Lizzie Gile Sr. Centennial

Maddie Hieser Sr. Champaign Central

Hannah Hong So. Centennial

Sally Ma Fr. Uni High

Gabi Springer Jr. Danville

2018 N-G girls' swimming and diving Coach of the Year: Centennial's Courtney Lehmann

Coach of the Year: Centennial's Courtney Lehmann

Final area girls' swimming and diving leaders: Dec. 5, 2018

200 Medley Relay

Swimmer/School Time

Centennial 1:52.89

Central 1:53.54

Uni High 1:58.77

Danville 2:01.47

Sullivan 2:02.02

Mahomet-Seymour 2:14.10

Urbana 2:16.86

Clinton 2:20.61

St. Thomas More 2:25.37

PBL 2:27.64

200 Freestyle

Sally, Ma, Uni HIgh 1:58.25

Lizzie Gile, Centennial 1:57.28

Meet the first team | 2018 N-G All-Area girls' swimming and diving

Megan Bernacchi | Centennial, Junior

Why she made the team: Bernacchi rolled to top honors in the 200-yard individual medley during sectionals

Saturday's prep highlights: Tribe captures title

In boys' basketball

Arthur Okaw Christian 48, Normal Calvary 32. The Conquering Riders (3-0) picked up their first East Central Illinois Conference win behind Ian Lowry's game-high 13 points.

Prep pulse: Nov. 26, 2018

The fall sports season is in the books for local high schools.

We're making the full transition over to the winter slate. Basketball games, both boys' and girls', have been going on for a bit now, and wrestling also is underway. Boys' swimming and diving isn't too far behind.

We still have some housekeeping to do when it comes to our fall sports scene, though.

Faces of Winter 2018: Swimming and Diving

Some of the sport's brightest stars from area high schools stopped by our studios for preseason portraits.