State Swimming Preview: Lincoln Southwest eyes team titles

The Silver Hawks are once again in the thick of the action on both the boys and girls side of competition. However, it's the boys who could do something that hasn't been done in more than a decade, that's dethrone Creighton Prep as the team champion. The Junior Jays have won the past 14 titles. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — History could be made this weekend at the NSAA state swim meet. And Lincoln Southwest knows it.

The Silver Hawks are once again in the thick of the action on both the boys and girls side of competition. However, it’s the boys who could do something that hasn’t been done in more than a decade, that’s dethrone Creighton Prep as the team champion. The Junior Jays have won the past 14 titles.

“This team has never won state,” said junior Tommy Palmer. “We’ve gotten second a couple times awhile ago. So being the first state championship team here at Southwest, that would be awesome. The guys really want it badly.”

The Silver Hawks have several top qualifying times on the boys side, including Palmer who is the defending champion in the 50-yard freestyle. Southwest also has the No. 1 seed in all three relays.

On the girls side, Southwest hopes to snag back the team title, which has been won by Omaha Marion the past couple years. The Silver Hawks had won the crown the previous six years.

“We’re really excited,” said senior Lanyon Mlinek. “We’ve worked really hard this season. We trained like crazy. So it’s just going to be a wonderful opportunity to see how all this training has paid off.”

The state diving meet is on Thursday while the swimmers get underway with preliminary events on Friday and the finals on Saturday. All competition will be held at the Devaney Center with no spectators allowed.

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