Angela Coe (center) became the second CHS swimmer to win a girls sectional title. (photo/Kirsten Pentzien)
Charleston sophomore Angela Coe captured four titles at this weekend’s IHSA swimming and diving sectional, setting four pool records and qualifying in all four events for a state meet that has been canceled.
Coe joins Lauren Pentzien as the only Charleston girls swimmers to win a sectional title.
“Angie’s success was unprecedented this season,” CHS coach Dwight Pentzien said. “She was undefeated in all of her races, including four events at IHSA sectionals where she broke the pool record in all four swims. Unfortunately, there is no state meet this year for her to compete at.”
The Trojans posted their best sectional finish in school history, taking third. Besides Coe, Ava Zheng, Molly Weber and Delaney Goddard also fared well.
Coe would have been seeded No. 2 for both the 200 IM and 100 fly based upon sectional times that the state typically relies upon for its championships. She easily won the 200 IM by 16 seconds in 2 minutes, 1.56 seconds and took the 100 fly by .64 seconds in 54.12.
Coe posted the fourth best time statewide in winning the 100 breast by nearly 9 seconds run 1:02.58 and clocked 4:57.09 to win the 500 free in the fifth best time in Illinois’s sectionals.
Charleston swimmers recorded personal-best times in nine of its 15 races and posted 14 season-bests.
Ava Zheng took eighth in both the 200 free and 100 back, and she finished 10th in the 100 backstroke to earn points, as did Weber for finishing sixth in the 500 free. And Goddard finished 11th in the 200 free.
“Because of Covid, our swimmers weren’t able to train over the summer so we were starting from scratch as far as conditioning goes,” Pentzien said. “On top of that, the IHSA shortened our season by three weeks. We also had challenges with pool time and are very appreciative of the Mattoon YMCA working with us to schedule practice time and allowing us to host a high school meet at their facility. We had a very successful season as we won four of our six meets and placed third at IHSA sectionals. Adding Angie Coe and Ava Zheng to our core group of returning swimmers was the difference this year.”