Swimming and Diving
CHAMPAIGN — As Cam Barnard pulled himself out of the pool early in the season and put his hands on his knees, he wondered if the payoff was worth the exhaustion.
Contributor Troy Gentle catches up with ex-area standouts excelling in college:
200 Medley Relay
Champaign Central 1:37.66
How impressive was the area wrestling scene this winter? What boys' basketball teams could go on a run to Peoria? How surprising it is that no girls' basketball team won a sectional title? What boys' swimmers have a chance to win a state title this weekend? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis will take your questions at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, but feel free to send him some ahead of time.
Each Monday, prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis will take a look at five area events to circle on the calendar:
1. MONDAY, TUESDAY, FRIDAY: Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Regional
CHAMPAIGN — Cam Barnard reached double figures Saturday.
By qualifying in four events for the state swimming meet, the Champaign Central senior raised his career participation total at state to 12 events.
And, for the seventh year in a row, the Maroons won team honors in a 24-school boys’ sectional at Centennial High School.
■ Freshman Alivia Hay, a Mahomet-Seymour graduate, and Claire Michael, a Uni High graduate, both earned All-Conference honors for Illinois Wesleyan at the Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin swimming championships. Hay placed third in both the 500 freestyle and 200 backstroke, setting season-bests in both events.
02-15-17 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast @ngpreps @ChampaignHS Swimming: Play now!
02-15-17 News-Gazette Prep Sports Podcast. Today Matt Daniels and Anthony Zilis are at Champaign Central High School to talk Swimming as they get ready for the sectional meet this weekend. The Guests are Coach Dave Young, Luke Thompson, and Cam Barnard
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200 Medley Relay
Champaign Central 1:42.75
What area wrestlers could leave State Farm Center on Saturday night with a state title? How many area small-school girls' basketball teams could win a sectional title this week? What about any of the big schools as they begin regional play? Who are some candidates for The News-Gazette's winter athletes of the year? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis takes your questions at 11 a.m.