Swimming team glides to third in M-I invitational

Bryan Veginski
Making the turn: Washington girls swimming team member Destiny Buckley, a freshman, swims the 100 breaststroke Thursday in a Lady Panther meet against Jacksonville Routt at the Five Points Washington Aquatic Center. Washington placed third in Saturday’s Mid-Illini Conference Invitational. The girls participate in the Nov. 15 Normal Sectional.

Washington was third among four girls swimming teams Saturday in the Mid-Illini Conference Invitational.

The Lady Panthers collected 294 points in the meet hosted by Pekin, trailing the champion Dragons by 77.

Caitlyn Scheirer delivered Washington’s lone victory with a 1:02.02 in the 100 butterfly.

Multiple Lady Panther swimmers placed in the top six in six of the 12 events contested.

In the 200 freestyle, Valerie Wetterauer was second and Lauren Dwyer third.

Wetterauer was third and Paige Blumenshine fifth for Washington in the 500 free.

Two teams placed — second and sixth — in the 200 free relay.

In the 400 free relay, the Shane Morrison-coached Lady Panthers were second and sixth.

The Washington 200 medley relay was third and another entrant fourth.

Emma Tully was fourth and Katie Hamilton sixth in the 100 backstroke.

Dwyer was fourth, two spots in front of Katie Cooper, in the 100 breaststroke.

Scheirer also achieved second-place status in the 200 individual medley.

Pekin won five events to edge the Dunlap/Illinois Valley Central co-op by 33 points.

Despite four victories, Canton was a distant fourth with 87 points.

Earlier in the week, the Lady Panthers hosted Jacksonville Routt in a dual at the Five Points Washington Aquatic Center.

Sectional: Washington is part of the 14-team Normal Sectional Nov. 15.

The winner of each event, plus any individual or relay that meets the qualifying standards, advance to the state meet Nov. 21-22 in Evanston.