High School Sports

East riding depth into CL swim meet

If East wins tonight's City League girls swimming meet, it likely will be because of the Aces' depth.

"Over the last couple of years, we've been lucky to have a lot of kids who are able to score, and not necessarily score the top points, but five, six points here and there," coach Joe Hutchinson said. "That's a little comfort, that even though you might not be winning any events, you have enough that are talented to score points."

The City League meet is at 7 tonight at Northwest.

North edged East in a regular-season dual in the swimming events, only to lose on East's diving points. East won the regular-season title with an undefeated record and gave North its only dual loss. The results of the regular season and the league meet count equally toward deciding a league champ.

East, the defending overall champion, has won or tied for seven of the last eight City League titles, while North tied with East in 2009 and won in 2008.

"We don't have anyone that is a shoo-in to win anything," Hutchinson said.

East's top swimmers are Kaitie Shinsato (seeded second in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 free), Olivia Tran (second in 200 individual medley)and Kate Spitz (second in 100 breaststroke). East's relay teams are seeded second in the 200 medley and 200 free.

North has top-seeded swimmers in McKenzie Strother (50 free, 500 free), Hannah Silverthorne (100 free) and Abbey Lassley (100 backstroke). The Redskins also have the top-seeded 200 and 400 free relays.

"There are a lot of good swimmers, and this is a meet where girls tend to swim their best. We're going to have to battle to come out on top," North coach Megan Von Fange said.

Other top swimmers include Northwest's Nikki Daniels, who is seeded first in the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke, and is on Northwest's top-seeded 200 medley relay; and Southeast's Emily Chesser, who has the top times in the 200 free and the 100 butterfly.

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