Published Wednesday, February 20, 2013 AT 10:30 PM / Updated at 11:53 PM
Swimmers to watch at the 2013 state meet
Nebraska Prep Zone Omaha World-Herald


>> Bob Glover, Millard South, Sr.
The Indiana recruit already has had a stellar season and hopes to cap his Patriots career with a state-meet record in the 100 backstroke. Glover finished second to Will Raynor of Omaha Creighton Prep a year ago after winning the event in 2011. He’s also entered in the 100 butterfly and will race his pal Jacob Molacek of Prep and defending champion Garrett Cadotte of Ralston/Omaha Gross in what will be one of the feature events.

>> Ryan and Sean Tate, Omaha Creighton Prep, So.
The Tate twins got their first taste of state a year ago when both won a gold medal on one of Prep’s freestyle relays. Ryan finished third in the 100 butterfly and sixth in the 200 individual medley, while Sean was fourth in the 50 and 100 freestyles. They are entered in the same events this year — Ryan is ranked second in the IM and third in the fly, while Sean is seeded first in both the 50 and 100.

>> Jack Turman, Papillion-La Vista/Papillion-La Vista South, Sr.
Turman is the defending state champion in the 500 freestyle. If he can shave just over three seconds off his winning time of 4:42.79 from the 2012 state meet, he would become the first swimmer to crack The World-Herald’s all-time chart in this event since 2009. Turman also is seeded second to Molacek in the 200 free.


>> Erin Oeltjen, Millard West, Sr.
The defending state champion in the 100 backstroke and was the 2011 champion in the 100 butterfly. Oeltjen will be competing in both of those events in her final state championship meet. She is the No. 1 seed in the butterfly at 57.65 and is ranked second in the backstroke at 58.83.

>> Aimee Fischer, Lincoln Southwest, Jr.
Fischer is the only female who is seeded first in two events — the 200 and 500 freestyles. She is the defending state champion in the 500 free and also finished third in the 50 free at the 2012 state meet.

>> Laura Miksch, Columbus, Jr.
Miksch is entered in the same two events she swam at the 2012 state meet — the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. She is the defending champion in the 50 free and is tied for ninth on The World-Herald’s all-time chart at 23.86. Miksch finished second in the breaststroke and is seeded third this year.

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