Salo, Lord lead NLY swim team at State Meet

BROWN DEER, Wis. – Carney Salo may have a bright future ahead. For now she’s likely just enjoying the moment. Salo won two state championships over the weekend as the Northern Lights YMCA swim team met for the three-day state meet Friday-Sunday.

928 swimmers from 24 different YMCA teams gathered, all of which compiled state qualifying times in various events.

Salo took first in the girls 8 and under 25-yard freestyle and 25-yard butterfly.

“Both races were very close and very exciting to watch,” said head coach Tom Desy.

Salo also took third in the 25-yard backstroke and sixth in the 50-yard backstroke.

“She’s been swimming great all season, and it was good to see her finish the season this way,” Desy said of Salo.

Other local swimmers who placed were Nathan Lord, who took third in the boys 9-10 50 and 100-yard backstroke. He also took fourth in the 100-yard 50 and 100-yard freestyle. Peyton Johnson took sixth in the girls 11-12 500-yard freestyle, sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke and seventh in the 200-freestyle and 100-yard backstroke.

“Peyton finished the season very strong after missing the beginning of the season because of a broken wrist,” said Desy.

Caleb Plumley had a fifth place finish in the boys 11-12 50-yard backstroke and was sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke while Andrew Dykema took sixth in the 200-yard breaststroke and eighth in the 500 freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke.

“Andrew dropped a lot of time in his first year in the 13-14 age group,” said Desy. “All of his swims were also team records.”

Sydney Herioux placed fourth in the 50-yard breaststroke and seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke, which also broke a team record.

Thomas Prica took six seconds of his 1650-yard freestyle to finish in eighth and took 20 seconds off his 1000-yard freestyle to place ninth. Each swim was a team record.

Other top-10 finishes included Michael Hagebusch placing eighth in the boys 9-10 100-yard breaststroke and 10th in the 200-yard freestyle, Noah Weaver finishing 10th in the boys 9-10 200-yard freestyle and Sydney Scott placing seventh in the girls 8 and under 50-yard breaststroke.

Also, the girls 8 and under relay team of Sydney Scott, Samantha Scott, Carney Salo and Ana Rouleau placed sixth out of 26 relay teams in the medley relay and 10th in the freestyle relay and the boys 9-10 freestyle relay team of Nathan Lord, Camron Kelly, Michael Hagebusch and Noah Weaver took ninth place.

The NLY team took 14th place overall at the meet.