Wirch headed back to state swim
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Wirch headed back to state swim

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Indian Trail’s Ben Wirch finished first in the 500-freestyle at Saturday's WIAA Division-1 Beloit Memorial Sectional to earn a return-trip to next weekend's State Meet in Madison. Additional qualifiers have yet to be announced by the WIAA.

Indian Trail junior Ben Wirch won the 500-freestyle at the WIAA Division-1 Beloit Memorial Sectional on Saturday to earn a return-trip to the State Meet next weekend.

Wirch, who posted a first-place time of 4:45.65, was the lone individual champion from Kenosha County.

He also was second in the 200-freestyle (1:47.07), which also earned him a spot at the state meet as an additional qualifier.

In the 500-freestyle at state, Wirch will compete in the third heat. The top seed belongs to Waukesha South-Catholic Memorial senior Caleb Blischke with a qualifying effort of 4:36.44.

Wirch will compete in the first heat of the 200-freeestyle. Blischke also earned the top seed in that event with a sectional time of 1:41.98.

Indian Trail also had a number of top-five efforts, both individually and in relay events.

Senior Taylor Johnson was fourth in the 200-freestyle (1:49.05) and the 500-freestyle (4:55.53). Senior Evan Weiss was fifth in the 50-freestyle (23.03) and the 100-backstroke (55.15), while sophomore Josh Cao was fifth in the 200-individual medley (2:03.64).

The Indian Trail 200-medley relay team of Taylor Johnson, senior Austin Johnson, Cao and Weiss was fourth (1:40.89). The 400-freestyle team of Taylor Johnson, Weiss, Cao and Wirch was fifth (3:21.11), while the 200-freestyle team of senior Austin Johnson, sophomore Will Gilbert, freshman Payton Markowski and Wirch was sixth (1:35.87).

In the diving competition held Friday, Indian Trail senior Jake Weber was fourth with a 349.40, while sophomore teammate Nathan Hill was seventh with a 321.90. Bradford sophomore Luke Rasmussen was 11th with a 272.40.

Indian Trail was fourth in the team standings with 293 points, while Tremper was 10th with 69 and Bradford was 11th with 56. Muskego won the team title with 385 points, followed by Lake Geneva Badger Combined with 306 and Franklin with 295.

The State Meet is set for Saturday at the UW-Natatorium on the UW-Madison campus.

Dan Truttschel

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