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December 31, 2012 10:04PM
Updated: February 2, 2013 6:29AM
Highland Invite good precursor for sectional
You can call Saturday’s Highland girls swimming invite a true taste of what lies ahead. At the same pool, and weeks before the two local sectionals, will be many of the top-ranked region squads.
And in the spirit of this competitive environment, the reigning champ from last year, Munster, is looking for another shot to gain traction before the postseason.
“Invites are nice; the Highland invite is nice because it kind of preps you for sectionals, too,” said second-year Munster girls coach Matt Pavlovich.
Of course, a repeat victory won’t come easy. The likes of top-tier Duneland Conference schools such as Crown Point, Lake Central and Valparaiso are among the list of challengers. Earlier in the season Munster (8-1 in duals) narrowly edged Aly Tetzloff and the Bulldogs 96-90 in their dual.
“We would like to win it,” Pavlovich said. “We realize it’s going to be difficult with Crown Point.”
The action will begin at 1 p.m. in the Highland Natatorium.
Swimmers of the week
BOYS: Wilson Beckman, Munster
The sophomore had a hand in four firsts as the Seahorses beat Crown Point 267-257 to win the Highland Invitational on Friday. He won the 100-yard butterfly in 52.75 seconds and the 100 backstroke in 53.62, and also swam on the winning 200 freestyle and 200 medley relay teams.
GIRLS: Kate Curley, Chesterton
She stood out with a strong win in the 200IM to help the Trojans win the Panther Invite in Indianapolis on Friday. Chesterton defeated runner-up Fishers 230.5-191.5.
P-T Boys Top 5
1. Chesterton, 2. Munster, 3. Crown Point, 4. Lake Central, 5. Valpo
P-T Girls Top 5
1. Chesterton, 2. Munster, 3. Crown Point , 4. Lake Central , 5. Valpo
— correspondents Mike Clark and Josh Lichtenfeld