Matthew Novinski Among Top Seeds After Prelims At 2016 Nebraska State Championships

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The 2016 Nebraska State High School Championships kicked off yesterday with quick swims in prelims.

Olivia Calelgan of Lincoln Southwest grabbed the first-place seed in the 50 free with a time of 22.95, while teammate Clara Walstad finished second with a 23.80.

Calegan also nabbed the top seed in the 100 free with a swift 50.30, over two seconds ahead of the competition.

Alena Palmer of Lincoln Southwest finished first in prelims of the 200 free with a time of 1:50.04. Second went to Caroline Theil of Pius X turned in a time of 1:51.65 for second.

Palmer continued her mid-distance prowess with a first place seed in the 500 free. Palmer stopped the clock with a 5:03.98. Papillion-Lavista’s Jordan McCullough (5:06.22) and Emma Miller (5:07.62) return as second and third respectively.

On the men’s side it was Norfolk’s Cameron Carney who turned in the top time in the 200 free with a 1:42.95. Carney also grabbed the top seed in the 100 free with a swift 46.67.

Lance Culjat of Brownell/Concord turned in double top seeds in his individual events. Culjat returns as the top seed in both the 200 IM (1:54.37) and the 100 breaststroke (56.73).

Grand Island’s Matthew Novinski delivered top swims in the 100 fly and 100 back to return as tonight’s top seed. Novinski stopped the clock at 50.32 and 49.09 for his two events respectively.

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Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Circulation and Operations Manager at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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