The Raiders posted eight of the 11 top times in swim events, but more importantly, have three swimmers in the finals of every event. Northridge also swam the top time in all three relays, placing itself in the middle of the pool for nearly every event.
Disrupting the Northridge tyranny were a pair of Warsaw swimmers. Jayden Parrett is slotted the top seed in the 100 freestyle (48.74) and also in the backstroke (53.88). Parrett’s teammate, Spencer Davidson, is the top seed heading into the 50 freestyle finals (22.20) and is seeded second in the breaststroke after his (1:01.16). Northridge’s Jesse Drake had the top time Thursday in the breaststroke at 1:01.10.
Warsaw didn’t have the big showing it thought it might have had coming into the meet after a very strong season. The Tigers finished 6-1 overall in NLC duals and were vastly depleted in the Northridge dual due to suspensions to a majority of its top swimmers. With Northridge posting 24 swimmers plus top seeds in the three relays for Saturday, Warsaw only qualified 14 swimmers into championship events to go with its No. 2-seed medley, 200 and 400 relays.
Aside from the three top seeds, Warsaw’s Josh Miller is seeded third in the fly (55.86) and backstroke (56.43), Zach Taylor fourth in the individual medley (2:06.11) and Matt Wildman fourth in the 100 free (50.52).
Wawasee will only have two swimmers in championship races Saturday. Logan Brugh is seeded third in the 500 free (4:54.00) and fourth in the 200 free (1:48.95) while Brady Robinson is third in the IM (2:05.70) and seventh in the breaststroke (1:04.98). The Warrior relays have some work to do, with the medley sixth, 200 fifth and 400 fourth.
One record fell Thursday evening, with Northridge’s Spencer Lehman going 1:43.35 in the 200 freestyle, lowering the 1:44.09 mark formerly held by Nathaniel Stoller of Northridge set in 2011.
The Northern Lakes Conference Boys Swimming Championships will resume Saturday morning with diving beginning its series at 9 a.m. and swimming resuming at 1 p.m. with diving’s final three dives taking place during the afternoon finals at Concord.