MHS swimmer advances to state

Manchester's Halle Briner advanced to the state swim meet by winning the 200 free and the 500 free in the Warsaw Sectional Feb. 3. Photo by Eric Christiansen 

By The Paper staff

WARSAW -- Manchester freshman Halle Briner has made an impact on the Manchester girls swim team all season, and it continued at the Warsaw Sectional as she won the 200 free and the 500 free to advance to the state championship Feb. 10.

Briner won the 200 free with a time of 1:56.20 and the 500 free in 5:18.74, both Manchester High School records.

She was also busy competing in to relays with a fifth place finish in the 200 free relay with Skye Fierstos, Lillian Myers and Cora Barnett (1:53.35), and a sixth place finish in the 200 medley relay with Lillian Myers, Barnett and Fierstos (2:06.86).

The 400 free relay team of Alexa Donathan, Emma Burlingame, Margaret Meyers and Lydia Greer finished 11th (5:19.18).

Individually, Barnett was sixth in the 100 butterfly (1:07.84) and 12th in the 100 breaststroke (1:20.31), while Fierstos was 11th in the 50 free (28.20) and 15th in the 100 free (1:04.72).

For Wabash, the 200 free relay team of Morgan Owens, Mallory Hipskind, Chastity Honeycutt and Becca Bruss finished sixth (1:55.63), the 200 medley relay team of Bruss, Alexis Hartley, Owens and Honeycutt finished eighth (2:09.14), and the 400 free relay team of Owens, Hipskind, Honeycutt and Bruss finished ninth (4:22.17).

Individually for the Apaches, Bruss was sixth in the 100 back (1:09.23), Leigha Boggs was seventh in diving (274.20), and Owens was 11th in the 100 butterfly (1:10.61).

Manchester finished seventh as a team with 132 points, and Wabash was ninth with 97 points.

Briner will compete at the state finals at the Indiana University Natatorium, IUPUI in Indianapolis with preliminaries at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, and the consolations and finals beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10.

Posted on 2018 Feb 06