Sierra-Lee and Johnson Advance to State Meet, Panthers 3rd at IHSA Sectionals

The UTHS Boys Swim Team hosted the IHSA Sectional Swim Meet and came away with a real nice 3rd place finish and also seeing Eddie Sierra Lee (diving) and Ian Johnson (50 Free) advance to the IHSA State Meet at New Trier High School February 24-25, 2017.  The Sectional was won by Dunlap with 273 points, followed by Moline with 256, UTHS with 186, Galesburg with 175, and LaSalle-Peru with 173 to round out the top 5.  Winners of each event and anyone else under the IHSA State Qualifying time qualified for the IHSA State Meet this coming weekend at New Trier High School.  UTHS Eddie Sierra-Lee was the Sectional Champion in Diving with a score of 356.40 to earn his trip to the State Meet.  Ian Johnson finished in 2nd place in the 50 Free but was under the State Qualifying Time (21.86) with a school record time of 21.49.  Other top six finishes for the Panthers were:  Diego Hernandez (200 Free-5th-1:54.31, 500 Free-3rd-5:11.16), Evan Juarez (200 IM-5th-2:09.43), Ian Johnson (100 Free-3rd-49.10), Jacob Johnson (100 Back-5th-56.84), 200 Medley Relay (Jacob Johnson, Juarez, Ian Johnson, Derek Mottet-4th-1:43.23), 200 Free Relay (Ian Johnson, Jacob Johnson, Mottet, Hernandez-4th-1:30.95), and the 400 Free Relay (Juarez, Jacob Sommer, Jakob Lybarger, Hernandez-5th-3:33.47).  “It was an awesome way to end the year.  The boys were very good all day long.  We had some great swims by everyone.  Eddie came back after a disappointing Conference meet and did great earning his trip to state.  Ian Johnson was really fast in his 50 Free dropping almost a second to go 21.49 to break the school record and book his trip to state.  Our relays were really fast and it just capped a great season for the boys.  I am very proud of the guys and how hard they worked to get here and perform their best of the season.”

Next Meet IHSA State Meet  @ New Trier High School    February 24-25, 2017

Prelims Friday-February 24, 2017     Diving  9:00 am     Swimming:  3:30 pm

Finals  Saturday-February 25, 2017     Noon