Here are a few finals races — in the order they will take place — that you want to catch on TV or online. Of course, those not listed here also will be good.
Girls 200-yard freestyle: Sophomores Alana Palmer of Lincoln Southwest and Caroline Theil of Lincoln Pius X square off in a race that got a lot more interesting Friday when Palmer dropped 5.48 seconds from her seed time. Their career bests are now separated by 0.07 seconds.
Girls 200 individual medley: Southwest’s Dannie Dilsaver vs. the timing system. She is 0.61 seconds from breaking the Devaney Center pool record of 2:00.34 set by former Olympian Tracy Caulkins. Dilsaver’s career best is 2:00.37.
Boys 200 individual medley: Lance Culjat of Omaha Brownell-Talbot, Noah Barr of Papillion-La Vista/Papillion-La Vista South and Caleb Piti of Prep all are less than two seconds from landing on the all-time Top 10 in this event. Can any or all of them go below 1:53.70?
Girls 50 freestyle: Southwest’s Olivia Calegan vs. the timing system. On Friday, Calegan became the first girl in state history to go below 23 seconds. Her coach — Leigh Ann Fetter-Witt — is a former Olympian (Seoul 1988) who was the first woman in history to swim the 50-yard free in under 22 seconds.
Girls 100 butterfly: Theil vs. Omaha Westside’s Elizabeth Amato-Hanner. Five girls landed on the all-time Top 10 in this event this season, and they are two of them. Theil’s best is 55.52, Amato-Hanner’s best was Friday’s 56.28.
Boys 100 butterfly: Grand Island’s Matthew Novinski vs. the timing system. Novinski hopes to go less than 50 seconds, and he came closer than ever Friday with a 50.32. He got a strong push Friday from Southwest’s Nolan Reid (51.57); expect the same on Saturday.
Girls 100 freestyle: Calegan vs. the timing system. After she went 50.30 for a state record Friday, how close can she get to 50-flat?
Girls 100 backstroke: Clara Walstad of Southwest vs. Amato-Hanner. Amato-Hanner had the state record for a year, then lowered it Friday in her prelim heat. Walstad took control of the record with a 55.33 in the next heat. Who will hold it Saturday? Tune in to find out.
Boys 100 backstroke: Novinski continues his quest to be the first boy in state history to go under 49 seconds. The crowd will be cheering, while Luke Hezel of Ralston/Omaha Gross and three challengers from Prep will be pushing him. My guess? It happens here.
Both 400 freestyle relays: Many a track coach has said there’s no better way to end a meet than with a 1,600-meter relay. The same holds true for swimming meets with this event.