FISHERS — Local swimmers took to the pool at Hamilton Southeastern on Saturday afternoon in the boys’ sectional finals, looking for a spot in next week’s state finals.
The host Royals swam away from the competition, easily outdistancing second-place Fishers 510-366.
Locally, Pendleton Heights came home fourth, Anderson was sixth, Liberty Christian was eighth and Elwood was ninth. Pendleton diver Dylan McCammon wound up second in the 1-meter diving competition, sewing up a spot in Tuesday’s diving regional at Fishers.
McCammon is the only local swimmer/diver to advance to the next round as the top four divers move on to the regional.
The day began with some controversy as Hamilton Southeastern’s win in the 200 yard medley relay was disqualified. According to officials, the team jumped in the pool for their “cool-off” before all swimmers had finished their competition. The DQ gave the spot to Fishers’ team of Luke Ingram, Jacob Reichert, Brad Jacobs and Joe Moser.
Anderson’s team of Hamilton Smith, Cody Gray, Tyler Davidson and Skyler Parrish finished fourth in the event.
In the next two races, Royals’ swimmers made up for the mistake and set the tone for the day. Luke Johnson set a sectional record of 1:41.01 in the 200-yard freestyle and Joseph Young followed that with another record in the 200-yard individual medley. Overall, Royal swimmers won 10 of the 11 remaining events after the DQ. The only race not won by Hamilton Southeastern was the 100-yard fly.
While McCammon was the only Arabian to advance in the competition, several Pendleton swimmers had solid performances.
Aric Fredericks was fourth in the 100 fly, and Tyler Parrish was third in the 100 free. Landis Hollingworth was fifth in the 100 yard backstroke, while senior Tyler Young finished eighth in a personal best time of 1:04.59. “I thought we did pretty well, I was happy with fourth place,” said Pendleton coach Jeff Maydak.
After a strong showing Thursday, the Arabians were a little frustrated with their results Saturday but it is not because they swam poorly. The host Royals and Fishers both saw swimmers pick up as much as four or five seconds from their times in Thursday’s preliminaries, which set the field for Saturday’s final.
“Some of the individuals that were highly seeded didn’t realize that some of Hamilton Southeastern (swimmers) do not give their best effort on Thursday,” said Maydak. “We’re not of the caliber that we can take it easy on Thursday and get the job done. I think they were surprised by some of the placings and how they tumbled.”
It showed in the 100 fly, where Fredericks tied for the No. 1 seed in the prelim but finished fourth, and in the 100 free, where Parrish was second Thursday but was third Saturday.
Both swimmers finished close to their prelim times, but the winners picked up between two and three seconds from their times on Thursday.
McCammon had a shaky first dive but came back with two solid performances to earn his second straight regional appearance. “McCammon dove great today,” Maydak said. “I think that’s a personal best for him. He’s been fantastic for us all season long and continues to impress. There was some real competition between second, third and fourth but he really came on when he needed to, his last two dives were superb.”
McCammon fell just short of his goal of 500 points, scoring 495.75. Pendleton seniors competing in their final meet included Young, Casper Guldager and diver Mats Klink, who wound up ninth. Ryan Reske is listed on two relay teams but did not compete.
Anderson coach Jeff Eddy was happy with his team’s performance after the Indians scored 188 points to come home sixth. “We had some good times today, we had some times that weren’t quite where I wanted them to be, but I cannot complain with the effort,” Eddy said. “It is a great group of young men, and I’m very proud of them.”
Eddy cited performances by Tyler Parrish in the 50 free and Tyler Davidson in the 100 free but stopped short of naming more. “It’s hard to select one or two people because I’m proud of all of them.”
Hamilton Smith was busy on the day, finishing seventh in the 200 individual medley and the 100 fly to go along with a sixth-place finish in the 400-yard free relay to end the day. Davidson was eighth in the 50 free, seventh in the 100-yard free and sixth in the 400 free relay.
In the diving competition, Anderson’s Bryant Swinford was 10th, Trevor Lane was 13th and Alonzo West was 14th. Anderson seniors participating in their final meet included Davidson, Parrish, Joel Butler, Zach Abbott, Collin Pratt and Patrick Cole.
In other local results, Liberty Christian’s 200-yard medley relay team of Mark Burnett, Isaac Goar, Taylor Binkerd and Griffin Davidson came home seventh. The foursome also scored an eighth-place finish in the 200-yard free relay. Elwood’s Aaron Haas was 16th in the 200-yard individual medley, Derek Haas was 13th and Nick Roberts was 15th in the 50-yard free. Roberts also placed 14th in the 100-yard free, while the 400-yard free relay team of Anthony Marlow, Ty Slayton, Aaron Cruz and Derek Sims was seventh.