Strength in numbers.
Whoever coined that term would have enjoyed watching Culver Girls Academy’s performance at the Warsaw Swimming Sectional Saturday afternoon.
While winning only one event – the 100-yard butterfly – and sending just one swimmer – junior Ella Spratt-Szarzynski (Waukegan, Ill.) – to the state meet on Feb. 13, CGA peppered the competition with second-, third-, and fourth-place, etc., finishes to pick up the sectional title for the fourth time in the past five years. CGA finished with 406 points, followed by Warsaw’s 367 and Rochester’s 360.A total of 12 teams participated.
CGA’s depth showed in the diving competition, where freshman Georgia Cleveland (Edina, Minn.) finished second and senior Reina Carroll (Naples, Fla.) took fourth place. They both advanced to the diving regional at Mishawaka Tuesday and, with senior Julia Hernandez’s (Pueblo, Colo.) 13th-place finish, earned a total of 36 points compared to Warsaw’s total of 14.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, freshman Janelle Li (Saratoga, Calif.) finished third with senior Annie Shea (Culver) in 13th and junior Sydney Brackenbury (Marion, Ind.) 16th, for a total of 21 points while Warsaw had no competitors in the event.
Warsaw won seven events and Rochester captured two, but neither team could match CGA’s total depth. Sixteen girls swam for the Eagles, averaging nearly 34 points per event. Warsaw averaged just under 31 points and Rochester averaged 30.
The numbers game also helped the CMA wrestling team advance four to the East Chicago Semi-State on Feb. 13. After sending nine wrestlers to the Rochester Regional, the Eagles had to travel the same tournament route as defending state champion Penn.
Adam Davis ’18 (Granger, Ind.) finished in second at 120-pounds. Robert White ’17 (Chicago) at 113, Dante Dalmaso ’19 (Wheaton, Ill.) at 132, and Steven Muthart ’16 (Nappanee, Ind.) at 138 all finished fourth. The top four finishers in each weight class advance to the semi-state.