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Sectional preview: Golden Bears set for New Palestine Sectional

Shelbyville High School’s boys swimming program opens postseason competition today at the New Palestine Sectional.


Preliminary swims are scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. The top eight performers in each individual and relay event qualify for Saturday’s championship races. The next eight performers return Saturday for consolation events.


Shelbyville will not have an entrant in the diving competition.


Sectional event champions and those that meet the state standard time in each event qualify for the state finals.


Tyler Harker, a junior, is the highest seeded Golden Bear for an individual event. His time of 51.16 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle is third best behind Greenfield-Central’s Travis Black (47.96) and Mount Vernon’s Brady Gray (49.74).


Harker also is seeded in the top eight in the 200 freestyle (1:53.8).


Mitchell Compton, a senior, has the Golden Bears’ top time in the 200 individual medley (2:22.7). He will be joined in that event by Tristin Maloney (2:36.98), a sophomore, and Michael Fox (2:39.44), a junior.


In the fastest event, the 50 freestyle, Shelbyville has freshman William Rife (24.09), sophomore Elijah Von Werder (26.77) and junior Lance File (26.78).


In the 100 butterfly, sophomore Manuel Sesma Perez (1:16.41), Rife (1:01.58) and Maloney (1:08.21) are entered.


Perez (1:02.76) will join Harker in the 100 freestyle.


File and Von Werder are the Golden Bears competing in the 100 backstroke. File is seeded at 1:13.34 while Von Werder’s seed time is 1:17.12.


Mitchell Compton, a senior, will swim in heat two of the 100 breaststroke. His seed time is 1:07.46. Fox also will compete in the breaststroke with a seed time of 1:20.4.


Rife, File, Harker and Trey Carrell are the fourth seed (1:47.25) in the 200 medley relay.


Rife, Maloney, Von Werder and Harker are entered in the 200 freestyle relay as the third seed (1:35.58).


Fox, Maloney, File and Perez will likely need to improve on their seed time of 3:56 to advance in the 400 freestyle relay.