Alana Palmer, Conner Funke Double Winners at Nebraska HS States

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Creighton Prep scored 409 points to dominate the 2018 Nebraska High School state championships on the boys side. Lincoln Southwest took the girls team title with 417.5 points.

Boys

Creighton Prep took control from the get go when Ray CroninConner FunkeColin LaFave, and Nick Soltys won the 200 medley relay in 1:31.47.

Funke stopped the clock in 1:50.91 to win the 200 IM by just over three seconds. He topped the 100 breaststroke in 55.74, a second and a half ahead of second place. His teammates LaFave and Rush Clark went one-two in the 100 butterfly in times of 49.86 and 50.75, respectively.  LaFace also won the 100 backstroke in 50.38. Elk South’s Tommy Nelson was runner up in 51.05, just faster than Kearney’s Collin McKelvey (51.17).

Scott Cain, a senior from South Sioux City, raced to a 20.98 for 50 freestyle gold. Soltys stopped the clock in 21.33 to win the event. Cain was runner up in the 100 freestyle with a 47.03. Gold went to Kearney’s McKelvey in 46.92.

Elk South senior Ryan Patterson topped the 200 freestyle in 1:43.22. Jonathan Novinski, a freshman from Grand Island won the 500 freestyle by eight seconds, finishing in 4:39.04.

Jalen NicholsKayden McCulloughAndrew hood, and Soltys won the 200 freestyle relay for Creighton Prep in a time of 1:26.57. LaFave, McCullough, Clark, and Funke touched in 4:09.39 for 400 freestyle relay gold, five seconds faster than second place.

Girls

Lincoln Southwest won the 200 medley relay in 1:44.28 with Berkeley LivingstonAnna HeinrichKaitlyn Witt, and Marti Walstad. The team’s Heinrich, Josie FordShelby Mullendore, and Alana Palmer teamed up for a winning 1:35.42 in the 200 freestyle relay.

Palmer, a Wisconsin commit, ran away with the 200 freestyle, finishing in 1:49.17. She also won the 100 free in 50.36. Marian’s senior Olivia Tate was runner up in the 100 (52.61). Mullendore, who will be a freshman at San Jose State in the fall, finished third in the 100 in 53.26.

Pius X senior Caroline Theil dominated the 200 IM in 2:02.50. The Texas A&M commit was also runner up in the 100 butterfly (54.61). Lincoln Southwest’s Witt won that event in 54.48. Her teammates Heinrich and Ford went one-two in the 50 freestyle in 23.92 and 24.21. The team got another win in the 500 freestyle when Livingston cleared five minutes with her 4:55.37.

Pius X sophomore Katie Stonehocker won the 100 breaststroke with a 1:02.43. Witt was runner up (1:03.68) and Heinrich rounded out the podium in 1:05.88.

Livingston, Walstad, Mullendore, and Palmer touched in 3:27.82 to dominate the 400 freestyle relay.

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Author: Cathleen Pruden

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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