Zionsville Times Sentinel

February 12, 2014

Eagles blow away competition in sectional

By Will Willems Sports Editor
Zionsville Times Sentinel

---- — The Zionsville girls swimming and diving team left little doubt who the superior team was in the sectional on Feb. 8.

The Eagles won their ninth-straight sectional title, scoring 559 points, 257 more points than second-place Harrison.

"It always feels good," Zionsville head coach Scott Kubly said of winning the sectional. "How you do it is also important. The kids went out there and swam their best today. We had a couple of people who didn't win who hit the state cut so they are also going to state and maybe a couple more. It is great to end the sectional season on a high note."

The Eagles won 10 of the 12 events on the day, guaranteeing those events will be represented at the state meet.

In one of the events the Eagles didn't win, the 100-yard backstroke, Cally Sampson's time was good enough to get her into the state meet.

One of the events that really stood out for Kubly was diving. The event was the one event the Eagles didn't win last year in the sectional, but this year, freshman Amy Plocharczyk won the event with a score 367.85, nearly 50 points ahead of the nearest competitor.

"She was only six points off the sectional record, so that is really good for a freshman," Kubly said. "The nice thing is she comes in with some diving experience, having dove with the Indy Stars. That is always a big help. Divers are the same as swimmers, what you do in the off-season really helps what you do in the high school season."

As they have done the entire season, Alex Cleveland and Taite Kitchel led the Eagles with four wins each.

For more of this story, read the Feb. 12 edition of the Times Sentinel.