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Panthers take on state

Amanda Lewandowski, Staff Writer

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Four lady panthers traveled to Indianapolis this past weekend to take part in the IHSAA swimming state finals. Grace Haskett, MacKenzie Looze, Celina German, and Phoebe Rensink returned to Bloomington with a school record 143 point, fourth place finish.

Haskett returned home with state titles in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke with times of 22.77 and 53.38 respectively.  Looze took fourth in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:01.58 and 13th in the 500 free with a time of 5:04.23. German took eighth in the 100 free and ninth in the 50 free. Together Looze and German took a second place finish in the 200 medley relay. The duo set another school record at 1:42.71 in the 200 medley relay and took fourth in the 400 medley relay to end the day.

Going into the day the panthers set a goal of getting to the top four as a team. They achieved that, topping Penn by a four point margin.

Senior Celina German was exhausted by the final relay but put all of her effort into her “last strokes as a panther.” German will be attending Kenyon College in the fall to continue her swimming career.

This record setting day is the highest point value South has ever scored. The teams fourth place finish ties the schools best, set back in 1978-79. When looking back on the day junior MacKenzie Looze said, “I went a lot faster than I thought I was going to.”

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