Parrett landed in 13th place in Friday night’s state preliminary rounds in the backstroke with his time of 52.97 in what was a record-setting event. Northridge’s Austin Flager put together a huge swim with a time of 49.21, but didn’t hold a candle to the eye-popping prelim time from Chesterton’s Aaron Whitaker, who shattered the state record with a 47.73, which previously stood at 48.99 by Penn’s Andrew Elliott in 2008.
While Flager and the Raiders put themselves in position for state championships, Warsaw did not fare nearly as well as far as qualifying. Aside from Parrett’s backstroke, the next-highest placing for the Tigers was a 20th position by Spencer Davidson in the breaststroke at 59.26. Davidson also placed 30th in the butterfly at 54.73, while Parrett was 31st at 22.31 in the 50 freestyle, an event Northridge’s Flager is the top seed entering Saturday after posting a 20.57.
Wawasee’s Zac Hershberger had the only swim for the Warriors in Indianapolis, taking 29th overall in the breaststroke with his time of 1:01.90 Friday night. Former Northridge star Brennen Berger, now frontlining for the Carmel Greyhounds, leads the event with a time of 55.42.
Warsaw’s Zach Taylor got his first taste of state finals swimming with a 2:06.32, 32nd place, effort in the individual medley while the Tiger medley relay were 24th at 1:39.97. The Warsaw 400 freestyle relay team did not post a time after being disqualified.
Northridge’s medley relay are sixth heading into the finals after a 1:35.49 Friday night. Jon Stoller will swim twice individually after placing fifth in the IM (1:53.81) and 11th in the butterfly (51.42) while the Ridge 200 free relay team of Flager, Stoller, AJ Bernth and Takoda Friesen swam a 1:25.99 for fifth in a tight jumble of teams.
Rounding out the area swims at state, the Northridge 400 free relay team were 21st at 3:16.11 and Goshen’s Adam Bratten placed 28th with his 48.72 in the 100 freestyle. Culver Academy had four swims Friday night, led by the 28th place time of 1:31.18 by the 200 free relay team. Leopoldo Burgue was 31st 5:07.42 in the 500 free and Bryan DeVries posted a 50.91 in the 100 free and 1:50.96 in the 200 free, both taking 32nd place.
Finals swims and dives will begin this afternoon at 1 p.m. at the IUPUI Natatorium.