Sonora swimmers qualify

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LODI Sonora High School swimmers Katie Baier and Melisa Hough made the championship finals with their performances yesterday in the girls' portion of the Sac-Joaquin Section Trials at Tokay High.

Baier qualified seventh (the top eight make the final heat) in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.04 seconds, and Hough qualified seventh in the 200 free in 2:02.04.

Both will be back at Tokay tomorrow for the section finals, which begin at 10 a.m. for both girls and boys (the boys' trials were today).

The two juniors made the consolation finals for the No. 9 through No. 16 qualifiers in other events, Baier 11th in the 100 free (personal-best 55.03) and Hough 12th in the 500 free (personal-best 5:26.36).

Also, both qualified 10th with senior Alison Gourley and junior Lauren Foster in the 200 free relay (1:48.48), and Hough qualified 12th with Gourley, Foster and junior Shannon Connant in the 400 free relay (4:06.35).

Gourley, wrapping up her stellar four-year Sonora career, qualified 13th in the 200 individual medley (2:18.07) and 16th in the 500 free (5:33.78).

Sonora coach LaDeane Hansten named Foster as her swimmer of the meet.

"She dropped two seconds in her leg of the 400 free relay for a personal best of 1:05.95," Hansten said.

Foster normally isn't part of the main relay teams, but stepped into the varsity lineup while such speedsters as Lisa Watts and Patty Allen competed at the frosh-soph level (Watts is a sophomore, Allen a freshman).

In frosh-soph events, Allen qualified 11th in the 200 IM with a six-second personal best (2:22.62), Watts qualified 12th in the 100 free (58.27), and both qualified 13th with freshmen Corynne Guthrie and Gillian Hunt in the 400 free relay (4:05.36).

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