Dixon junior Caleb Carlson is back in the finals of the state meet for the second straight season, as he qualified for the championship heats in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 breaststroke for the Byron co-op during Friday’s IHSA state meet prelims at New Trier High School in Winnetka.
Carlson swam a 1:51.32 in the 200 IM, the fifth-fastest prelim time; the top six advance to the championship finals, the next six move into the consolation finals. Glenbrook South’s Sam Iida was the fastest swimmer Friday, clocking a 1:47.27 – 2.70 seconds better than the next-fastest time.
Carlson’s time in the 100 breaststroke was 56.62, the fourth-best in prelims. St. Charles North’s William Myhre – who also has the second-fastest 200 IM prelim time – swam the 100 breaststroke in 54.50 as the top finals qualifier.
Carlson took third in the 200 IM last year, and was 10th in the 100 breaststroke. Iida was second in the 200 IM – behind Normal West senior Andrew Loy – while New Trier junior Charlie Scheinfeld, the defending state champion in the 100 breaststroke, qualified for this year’s finals in third place.
Carlson also competed in two relay events with Tiger teammates Wade Lyles (from AFC), Sergio Solis and Everett Stoker. The quartet took 23rd in the 200 medley relay in 1:39.36, missing the consolation finals by 2.30 seconds. They then finished 30th in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:30.66, missing the top-12 by 4.60 seconds.
Sterling 62, Rochelle 48: The Golden Warriors closed out the regular season with a NIB-12 West road win, pulling away with an 18-7 edge in the fourth quarter.
Dimitric Young’s 17 points paced Sterling (21-8, 11-2), with Reid Blackburn adding 12 points and Myles Williams scoring 10. The Warriors led 18-6 after the first quarter, then saw the lead trimmed to 33-26 by halftime and 43-41 after three quarters.
Landon Griffith had 16 points for the Hubs, with Kaywan Palmer scoring nine and Caleb Gould chipping in eight.
2A state semifinals
Byron 53, Camp Point Central-Southeastern 37: The Tigers led 10-2 after one quarter and 24-9 by halftime while cruising into the 2A state title game.
Paige Holloway’s 18 points and five steals led Byron (33-2), and Bailey Burrows added 11 points and nine rebounds. Sarah Hopkins had nine points, seven rebounds and two blocks, and Lexi DeVries finished with seven points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists.
The Tigers will face Bloomington Central Catholic, a 45-42 winner over Elgin St. Edward in the second semifinal, in the state championship game.
Brianna Hildebrand led Central-Southeastern (30-3) with seven points, seven rebounds and four steals. Leah Turner (4 steals) and Laney Lantz (3 steals) scored six points apiece.
1A state semifinals
Annawan 51, Harvest Christian 42: The Bravettes scored the final seven points to advance to the 1A title game.
Jayde VanHyfte had 29 points, 19 rebounds and two blocks for Annawan (27-8), which used a 19-11 scoring edge over the final 8 minutes to pull away from a 32-31 lead after three quarters.
Kaley Jackson had seven points and 11 rebounds, Reese Randall added seven points and seven boards, and Jordyn Sierens chipped in six points, four rebounds and three steals for the Bravettes, who will face Mendon Unity, a 42-34 winner over defending state champ Hardin Calhoun in the second semifinal, in the state championship game.
Alyssa Iverson had 15 points, five rebounds and three steals for Harvest Christian (29-4), and Isamar Garcia scored 13 points.