INDIANAPOLIS – If last Saturday was any indication, fans better go ahead and buy the two-day pass.
The boys swim sectionals from around the state posted some serious speed, not just from the blue blood programs, but from all over the place from the Ohio River to Michiana. An incredible 241 state cut times were achieved in the 11 swim events heading into this weekend’s IHSAA Boys Swim State Finals, and trend would have it state records are likely going to be broken before this weekend is over.
The thrill of the hunt this past weekend saw Concord dethrone 15-time defending sectional champion Northridge as just one snippet of the entertainment from the state tournament’s first weekend. The Minutemen have nine swims and a diver heading to state, all but one swim landing a state cut time. Leading the way are its 200 and 400 free relays, seeded fourth and eighth respectively, Kallaghan Findley fourth in the individual medley and 11th in the breaststroke and Matt Bond fifth in the 200 freestyle and tenth in the breaststroke.
Not to be outdone, Northridge is sending nine to Indianapolis, but uncharacteristically the Raiders do not have a top-10 seed heading into the weekend.
Wawasee had an outstanding day at Concord, watching Jared Krugman win a title in the 500 and qualify for state in the 200. The junior is seeded 13th in the 500 and 24th in the 200, his time in the 500 (4:41.20) a more stable bet to make the second day. Brady Robinson also will swim this weekend for the Warriors, making the state cut in the IM for the third straight year and is seeded 12th. The two will swim legs of the Warrior 400 free relay, which was picked up as a callback after posting the 28th best time in the state. The Concord Sectional saw Wawasee, Concord, Northridge and Elkhart Central all send 400 relay teams to state, one of three events where four are going along with the IM and breaststroke. Three from the 200 free are going to state from the sectional.
Warsaw is sending five events to the state prelims, two with decent shots at making the second day. The 200 free relay is seeded 28th, Ian Deming and his surprise win in the butterfly is seeded 30th and Grant Knight in the IM is seeded 31st, all well behind the pace of the front half of the field. While it’s possible to make a big move, Warsaw likely has a better shot at a second swim from either Knight in the breaststroke, who comes in 16th at 57.77 and just .59 away from eighth, or its medley relay (1:37.35) which is sitting at 19th and less than a second away from the top half.
Also keep an eye on Elkhart Central diver Logan Brown, who broke the Concord Sectional record and blitzed the Mishawaka Regional Tuesday night. Brown, who finished fourth at the state meet last year, has the second-highest score from the regional at 523.7.