BNL’s Werley, Swenson qualify for state consolation races

BNL’s Jacob Werley qualified for the state finals consolations in two events while setting two school records.

INDIANAPOLIS – Bedford North Lawrence’s Jacob Werley and Andrew Swenson advanced to the consolation races in their respective events during the IHSAA state finals preliminaries on Friday night at the IU Natatorium.

Werley advanced in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 free, while Swenson earned a spot in the 100 backstroke. The top eight in each event advanced to the state championship race, while places 9-16 qualified for the consolation race.

Werley finished 12th in the 50 free, setting a new school record of 21.02 seconds (breaking the mark he set in the sectional by .01) and finished 12th in the 100 free, clocking in at 46.04 to beat the mark of Matt Schultz (46.07) set in 1997.

Swenson was 16th in the backstroke in 50.64.

BNL’s five other entries in the state championships finished below the cut line.

Andrew Swenson, Alexander Swenson, Dayton Sorrells and Werley combined to finish in 1:37.51 in the 200 medley relay, settling for 19th place. Andrew Swenson was 20th in the 100 butterfly in 51.23, and Alexander Swenson was 29th in the 500 free in 5:01.88.

BNL’s 200 free relay team of Andrew Swenson, Sorrells, Werley and John Allen finished 22nd in 1:28.59, and the Stars were 31st in the 400 free relay (with Garrett Henson, Alexander Swenson, Adam Tlustek and Cole Baker posting a time of 3:27.54).

Werley and Swenson will compete in the finals on Saturday at 1 p.m.