Angela Coe captured two individual events and swam legs in two winning relays to lead the Charleston High girls to the unofficial Apollo Conference swim team championship at the Ray Padovan Pool on Eastern Illinois University’s campus Saturday.
Teammates Mackenzie Erixon, Ava Zheng and Molly Weber each captured an individual event and teamed with Coe, a junior, on two victorious relays to help the Trojans compile 190 points, 43 more than runner-up Mahomet and more than double Lincoln’s score of 77. No other Apollo schools field girls swim teams.
Charleston is among 28 schools competing in next Saturday’s IHSA sectional at Urbana High School. Last fall, Coe had set four pool records, won four events and qualified in four sectional events, but the IHSA did not hold a state meet – preventing the then-sophomore an attempt at a state championship. Coe had been ranked No. 2 in two events – the 200 individual medley and the 100 fly – based upon sectional times that the state typically relies upon for its seedings. Coe joined Lauren Pentzien as the only Charleston girls swimmers to win a sectional title.
Her are some highlights from Saturday’s Apollo meet at EIU.
• Coe won both the 100 backstroke by 12 seconds in 57.68 and the 200 freestyle by 18 seconds in 1:56.6.
• Weber won the 500 free by 45 seconds in 6:05.8
• CHS’s 400 freestyle relay squad captured that event by more than a lap in 4:00.60, beating the second-best team by 33 seconds. The same foursome won the 200 IM relay by 11 seconds in 1:59.05.
• Zheng took the 50 free by 1.02 seconds in 27.24.