CHS's Kinder qualifies for two finals with top times

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Central senior Hannah Kinder put herself in position to win her first state swimming title by posting the top time in Friday's preliminaries in both the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events in the state meet at the St. Peter's Rec Plex.

The championship round is today, with the top eight swimming in one finals the next eight in the consolation finals for each event.

Kinder, who has been in the top three in two events each of the past two years, completed the 200 free in 1 minute, 50.95 seconds, and the 100 free in 51.09 seconds. The 200 free time was nearly 2 seconds faster than the second-fastest time, while Kinder was just ahead of two-time defending state champion Tarin Corwin in the 100 free.

Notre Dame sophomore Brittany Menz also made it through to the second day in both of her events, finishing 14th in the 50 freestyle in 25.34 seconds and 10th in the 100 free in 55.21. Menz will compete in the consolation finals in both events.

Central freshman Susan Beth Scott also reached the consolation finals in an individual event, finishing 15th in the 500 freestyle in 5:26.64. Scott was 23rd in the 200 free in 2:04.57.

Bulldogs freshman Lauren Castleman failed to make it through in the 50 free and 100 free. Castleman was 29th in the 50 free in 25.92 seconds and 31st in the 100 free in 57.72.

The Tigers also qualified two relay teams into the consolation finals. Central finished 13th in the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay. Kinder, Mary Catherine Ford, Jessie Baker and Annie Wolpers cut more than 3 seconds off their seed time in the 200 free and finished in 1:45.17. In the 400 free, Kinder, Scott, Baker and Wolpers cut more than 8 seconds off their seed time to finish in 3:50.67.

Notre Dame also reached the consolation finals with a 16th-place finish in the 400 free. Menz, Castleman, Ashley Nenninger and Audrey Glover cut nearly eight seconds off their seed time to finish in 3:51.80.

The Bulldogs were 19th in the 200 free in 1:46.53. In the 200 medley relay, Central was 34th and Notre Dame was 35th.

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