Trinity’s Sabotin qualifies for state, Seymour finishes third at sectional

Trinity Lutheran’s Rachel Sabotin continued her string of sectional titles.

Sabotin won the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 2.96 seconds at Saturday’s sectional in Columbus.

A newcomer to the 100 butterfly, she captured that event in 55.78.

“You never know what’s going to happen,” Sabotin said. “(East Central’s) Kyra Hall won this last year and is a really great butterflier, so I didn’t know how it was going to end up. This is the first time I’ve swam the 100 butterfly in a bigger meet, and I just wanted to have fun.”

In the Floyd Central Sectional on Saturday at Highland Hills Middle School in Georgetown, the Seymour Owls finished third in the team race but failed to automatically qualify any swimmers or relays for the state finals.

Two of the relay teams held firm from the prelims, finishing third in the 200-yard medley and 400 freestyle relays.

The team of Katya Cox, Abigail Boyt, Maren McClure and Sandy Cerino finished with a time of 1:58.55, a more than two-second drop from their prelim time, in the 200 medley relay. Cerino, Lillian Sunbury, Cox and McClure nearly cut 10 seconds off their time in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:55.99.

The 200 freestyle team of August Hunt, Samantha Jacobi, Jepsa Vasquez-Osorio and Olivia Fish dropped three seconds off their prelim time but finished fourth at 1:50.93.

McClure had the best individual showings, taking third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:03.26 and fourth in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:19.64.

Cerino took fifth in both of her events, finishing the 50 and 100 freestyles with times of 25.89 and 57.03 seconds, respectively.

Rounding out top-eight finishes for the Owls: Cox was eighth in the 200 freestyle at 2:10.51, Sunbury was sixth in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:50.65, Vasquez-Osorio was eighth in the 500 at 5:59.27, Fish finished seventh in the 100 backstroke at 1:07.07 and Boyt was fifth in the 100 breaststroke at 1:13.78.

Freshman diving duo Alexandra Weaver and Kate Connell took sixth and seventh, respectively, in diving with scores of 223.30 and 196.75.