PORTLAND—South Adams had a spectacular performance Saturday from freshman Cady Farlow who won two events in the Jay County IHSAA girls swim sectional including a record pace in the 100 breaststroke, in addition to taking the 100 freestyle.
With the wins, Farlow will travel to Indianapolis on Friday night for the preliminary session of the IHSAA state finals.
Farlow was clocked in 1:07.75 in the breaststroke which broke the previous sectional best of 1:08.40 set last year. Farlow also captured the 100 freestyle by over a half-second with a time of :55.85.
Despite a school-record swim in the 200 freestyle relay, Bellmont suffered a tough penalty in the final event of the day, the 400 freestyle relay. Unlike football where excessive celebration following a touchdown costs a team a 15 yard penalty, the Bellmont girls swim team learned the penalty for such a display is much more severe. The Bellmont 400 freestyle relay team of Mikayla Voglewede, Sarah Evans, Erin Hunter, and Rachel Klingensmith roared to a 3:53.76 first place spot which guaranteed the Squaws' team a spot in the IHSAA state finals this coming weekend in Indianapolis at the IUPUI Natatorium.
The win electrified an excited Bellmont team (the Squaws had finished second in the preliminary event against Muncie Central Thursday night but rallied for an apparent 2.72 second victory over the Bearcats) but in violation of rules, a jubilant Bellmont swimmer jumped into the pool to help celebrate.
Since the race still has swimmers competing in other lanes, that act forced IHSAA officials to disqualify the Bellmont team, thus giving the win to Muncie Central and eliminating the chance for the Bellmont 400 freestyle relay team to swim in Indianapolis this weekend.