Photo by Lori PoteetSouthmont’s Maddi Wickholm is headed to state after winning the 200-yard freestyle on Saturday at the Crawfordsville sectional.
Photo by Lori Poteet

Southmont’s Maddi Wickholm is headed to state after winning the 200-yard freestyle on Saturday at the Crawfordsville sectional.
When the waves settled at the Crawfordsville Aquatic Center, there was one Montgomery County swimmer heading to state - Maddi Wickholm from Southmont.

Wickholm won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:03.88 to earn a spot at this weekend's state finals.

Three divers also advanced from Montgomery County. North Montgomery's Ashlynn Bennett was the sectional champion with a score of 337.95. Crawfordsville freshman Jayde Miller took third with 307.90 and North Montgomery's Victoria Gwynn was fourth with 305.35. Those divers will head to Brownsburg Tuesday for the regional.

Fountain Central was the team champion, with 374 points. North Montgomery was fourth (235), Crawfordsville was sixth (212) and Southmont was eighth with 133.

"The girls swam their hearts out," Southmont co-coach Buck Waddell said. "It's been a long time since South had a state qualifier and it was great to see Maddi leading the way."

"We'll start with a couple of hard practices and then do a short taper again and see where that gets her," Southmont co-coach Ian Line added.

North Montgomery had several swims in the finals, but no Chargers were able to touch first and book a ticket to state.

"I feel like we did an outstanding job. Last year we finished 10th or 11th and this year we finished fourth," North Montgomery head coach John Walker said. "We're excited to see our divers on Tuesday at Brownsburg.

"Lillia Mitchell had lifetime bests in all her events, which was great," Walker added. "Ashlynn did poorly on three dives and was still only two points short of her school record. So we are going to clean those up and hope she gets all 11 dives at the regional. We're very proud of her sectional championship."

Crawfordsville head coach Kevin Hedrick saw promise in his team's sixth-place finish after winning just one dual this season.

"It's a championship format, so you can really do some damage if you can have some good swims on Thursday and qualify. We suited up and really went all out on Thursday. That's why it was so important for us. That was the big difference," he said.

Wickholm will swim Friday night at 6 p.m. at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI looking for a spot in Saturday's championship finals.