Lady Vike swimmer Helmich heading back to state

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.
Emma Helmich

Emma Helmich is heading back to the state finals after winning the 100-yard butterfly for the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team at the finals of the Warsaw Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Helmich, a senior, advanced to state in the 100 butterfly in 2015. She punched her ticket there again with a golden finish in 1:00.53, which broke the Huntington North school record.

Huntington North, which finished sixth in the 12-team field, advanced four swimmers and two relay teams to the sectional finals, where either a win or achieving the state standard secured one a spot at the season’s final meet. Meeting the state standard in the consolation finals also granted one advancement to state, but none of the Lady Vikings’ six swimmers in that portion of the meet managed to accomplish that feat.

Allie Aschliman also swam in the 100 butterfly final for Huntington North. The freshman trailed only Helmich, earning runner-up honors in 1:01.91.

Aschliman and Helmich teamed up with sophomore Macy Lange and freshman Laney Shaw to take second in the 200-yard medley relay final. The quartet clocked in at 2:00.25. The same group also swam in the 400-yard freestyle relay final and posted a time of 3:58.08, which was good for fifth.

Individually, Aschliman also competed in the 200-yard individual medley final. The rookie put forth a bronze effort, touching the wall in 2:24.48.

Helmich swam in the 200-yard freestyle final, taking sixth. She stopped the timer in 2:08.37.

Lange posted a pair of seventh-place finishes for the Lady Vikings. She competed in the finals of the 100-yard freestyle and breaststroke, swimming the former race in 1:00.19 and the latter in 1:19.96. Shaw finished eighth in the freestyle, coming home in 1:01.64.

In the consolation finals, the Lady Vikes got ninth place points from the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Emma Gordon, Alyssa Brinkman, Alayna Stroup and Alivia Eiting, which came home in 1:59.35. Eiting took 12th in the 500-yard freestyle, in 6:15.56, and Gabby Line had the same placing in the 100-yard breaststroke, in 1:23.66. Brinkman and Stroup added 13th and 15th, respectively, in the 100-yard backstroke, in 1:13.53 and 1:14.38.

Warsaw won the sectional title with a register of 392 points. Culver Academies was second with 313 points, followed by Rochester, 291; Cass, 237; Columbia City, 209; and Huntington North, 206.

Also, Logansport, 149; Plymouth, 113; Tippecanoe Valley, 102; Pioneer, 97; Wabash, 78; and Manchester, 55.