Published Thursday, February 27, 2014 AT 12:27 AM / Updated at 12:27 AM
Swimmers to watch
Steve Beideck Omaha World-Herald

Garrett Cadotte, Ralston/Omaha Gross, Sr.: Cadotte won the 100-yard butterfly as a sophomore and is the top seed entering his final high school meet. He is seeded first in that event at 50.49. Cadotte also is seeded second to Omaha Creighton Prep’s Jacob Molacek in the 200 individual medley.

Sean and Ryan Tate, Omaha Creighton Prep, Jr.: When it comes to the chase for the team title, two Tates are better than one for the Junior Jays. Sean is seeded first in the 50 (20.76) and 100 (46.13) freestyle sprints while Ryan is No. 2 in the 100 butterfly behind Cadotte (50.91) and the 200 free behind Michael Mollak of Elkhorn/Elkhorn South (1:44.42).

Vladislav Blazhievskiy, Lincoln Southwest, Jr.: Blazhievskiy is more than just a name that tongue-ties announcers and broadcasters. He is the defending champion in the 500 freestyle and enters state as the No. 2 seed behind Creighton Prep sophomore Brandon Abboud, whose 4:50.15 is only 0.31 seconds ahead of Blazhievskiy.

Luke Van Wie, Grand Island, Sr.: If the Islanders are going to make some noise in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, Van Wie will need to deliver. A steady performer for four years, Van Wie is seeded fourth in the 50 and 100 freestyles.

Olivia Calegan and Dannie Dilsaver, Lincoln SW, Fr.: Dilsaver is the top seed in the 200-yard individual medley (2:07.22) and 100 freestyle (53.20), while Calegan is No. 2 in the 50 free at 24.11 behind Laura Miksch of Columbus and No. 1 in the 100 breaststroke. Calegan already is No. 4 all time in the breaststroke with her 1:04.36 at the Heartland Conference championship meet.

Holly Hopson, Millard North, So.: Hopson no longer is a hidden gem after winning four gold medals at the Metro championships. Hopson is seeded first in the 200 freestyle (1:54.14) and the 500 freestyle (5:09.27).

Elizabeth Amato-Hanner, Omaha Westside, So.: Amato-Hanner has been strategically placed in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke after winning the 200 IM title last year. She is seeded first in the 100 backstroke at 57.20, which is 1.58 seconds ahead of the No. 2 seed and the fifth-fastest time in state history.

Laura Miksch, Columbus, Jr.: Miksch is the two-time defending state champion in the 50 freestyle and is ranked No. 4 all time with the 23.49 she posted to win the 2013 state title. Her best this season is 23.89, but the multi-sport star is known for significant drops at state. That means the state record of 23.20 is not out of Miksch’s range.

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