Lucas Van Wie is in the hunt for a medal in the 100-meter freestyle and the 100 backstroke at the state swimming meet.
The Islander junior goes into finals with the second and third fastest time in the two events, respectively, after Friday’s action at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Finals will get under way at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Van Wie won his heat in the 100 freestyle (a season-best 48.20 seconds) and finished second in his heat in the 100 backstroke (a school-record 53.99).
Van Wie medaled in both events last year. He said being at the state meet the past two years really helped him relax.
“Just being there certainly helped me a lot,” Van Wie said. “You know what to expect. I know what the competition is like. I felt very relaxed going into the races today. Hopefully I can finish strong tomorrow.”
GISH coach Brian Jensen said Van Wie has a chance to do something for the Islanders in both races Saturday.
“He had a pretty impressive day,” Jensen said. “He really swam well for us. If he comes out and swims like he did (Friday), he could finish very well for us.”
The girls 200 individual medley relay team of Cassie Watts, Sarah Koubek, Carly and Amy Wahlmeier will leave Lincoln with medals after swimming a school-record 1:51.14 time. That is the fifth fastest time in prelims and they can finish no worse than eighth.
“They really got us off to a great start,” Jensen said. “Cassie really swam well on the first leg and everyone picked it up from there. They have a shot to do very well tomorrow.”
The Islanders had other individuals break school records but will swim in consolations.
Watts broke the school record in the 100 backstroke (1:00.57). She will also compete in the 50 freestyle (25.31).
Also, Carly Wahlmeier swims in the 200 individual medley (2:15.83) and 100 breaststroke (a school record 1:08.73), Sarah Koubek competes in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.87) and Indy Hadford swims in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.82) while Watts, Koubek, and the Walhmeier sisters teamed together in the 400 freestyle relay (3:48.10).
On the boys side, Daniel Novinski, Nathan Boon, Eric Lewandowski and Lucas Van Wie swim in the 200 medley relay (1:45.07).
Novinski competes in consolations in the 200 individual medley (2:03.68) and in the 500 freestyle (a school record 4:52.73).
“All the swimmers swimming tomorrow just need to go out and have some fun,” Jensen said. “Whatever happens happens.”
Other swimmers competed for the Islanders but didn’t make it into Saturday.
On the girls side, Amy Wahlmeier swam in the 50 freestyle (25.44) and 100 freestyle (57.48), while Gigi Brennan was in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.43) and Koubek and Hadford competed in he 200 individual medley (2:20.68 and 2:24.75, respectively). Hadford, Brennan, Tori Peers and Alexis Woodward were all together in the 200 freestyle relay (1:50.90).
On the boys side, Lewandowski swam in the 100 backstroke (57.73). He was also on the other relay teams. Lewandowski joined Novinski, Van Wie and Garrett Forgey in the 400 freestyle relay (3:29.11), while competing with Nathan Boon, Jacob Enck and Jessob Sparks in the 200 freestyle relay (1:41.81).
Jensen said the swimmers not swimming on Saturday gave great efforts at the state meet.
“I’m not at all disappointed in the swimmers,” Jensen said. “The times that they swam today, most of those would have either gotten them medals or even winning it. They really did what they could.”