Edwardsville's Bailey Grinter.

NEW TRIER - Edwardsville’s girls team continued to get attention Friday at New Trier High School in the IHSA Swimming and Diving Championships, qualifying two girls – Bailey Grinter and Kate May – for finals.

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Grinter, a junior, was EHS’s top placer on Friday, finishing second in the prelims of the 50 free with a time of 23.09, just behind Lake Forest’s Daria Ryshnenko (22.52). May, a senior, qualified fourth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.81, slightly behind Carly Kramer of Plainfield (54.81).


Grinter, a U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier in the 100-meter backstroke, advanced in the 100 back in sixth position (56.30). Rosary freshman Athena Ye had the top time of 54.68.

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Others competing at state were the 200 free relay (1:37.75 in 18th place); Elizabeth McPherson in the 100 backstroke (59.10 for 25th place); the 400 free relay (3:43.33 for 36th place); Taylor Seilheimer in the 1-meter diving (164.95 points for 25th); Victoria Brady in the 200 free (1:58.19 for 33rd); and May in the 200 IM (2:07.33 for 13th).


Edwardsville coach Christian Rhoten said he looked forward to today with the two qualifiers and said he still hopes for a top 10 finish.


“It was a good day for the girls on Friday,” he said.

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