The Knights took first place in girls swimming sectionals Saturday.

Castle topped opponents in sectionals at home taking first place with 531 points. Castle junior Krislyn Porter took away two first place wins and two chances at state prelims in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststoke. Meanwhile, freshman Kaitlyn Porter took away two first place wins of her own and two qualifying runs at state in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard butterfly.

Castle junior Whitney Brown also took first both in the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke and will qualify to compete at the state prelims. Junior Sophie Treski took first in the 500-yard freestyle and will compete at state prelims while sophomore Hannah Haerle took second in the 100 yard breaststroke and will qualify for state prelims.

The Castle relay team of Brown, Haerle, Maddie Wilson and Callie Wilhite took first in the 200-medley relay and will compete at state. Meanwhile, the Castle relay team of Wilson, Krislyn Porter, Wilhite and Kaitlyn Porter took second in the 200 -freestyle relay and will compete at state. The relay team of Brown, Kaitlyn Porter, Krislyn Porter and Wilhite took first in the 400-yard freestyle relay and will take on opponents at the state prelims.

Girls swimming state prelims will be Friday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. at Indiana University Natatorium at IUPUI in Indianapolis. The top 16 in each swimming event during Friday's prelims will return for competition on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 1 p.m. with the top eight individuals vying for state championship honors. Those finishing nine through 16 on Friday will make up the competitors in the consolation heats.

In diving, Castle sophomore Colleen Ray took third and sophomore Natalie Jacobs took fourth. Both will compete in the diving regional against opponents from the Castle, Columbus North, Floyd Central, Franklin Community and Jasper sectionals at Bloomington North on Tuesday, Feb.7, after press time.

The first through eighth place participants will qualify for the state prelims on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 9 a.m. The top 20 of 32 competitors advancing from the prelims to the semis after five dives each. After three dives each in the semis, the top 16 will advance to the final round for another three dives each.

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