The New Castle boys swim team finished 7th overall at the New Palestine Sectional. The Trojans were led by Ben Hall with a 7th place finish in the 200 Freestyle and a 9th place finish where he won the consolation final heat of the 500 Freestyle. Aidan Sipes landed on the podium, placing 7th in the 100 Breaststroke, as a Freshman. The Trojans lone diver, Garrett Rusch, placed 7th in the diving event, also as a Freshman. Other good swims for the Trojans were, Jackson Criswell placing 9th and winning the 200 Individual Medley Consolation Final. Criswell would also place 11th in the 100 Freestyle. Connor Griffey placed tied for 11th in the 100 Backstroke. Andrew Lacey and Dominique Strunk both had 16th place finishes in their individual races the 100 Breaststroke and 50 Freestyle respectfully.
For the Trojan relays, the Medley Relay team of Griffey, Sipes, Hall, and Criswell, wound up placing the highest with a 5th place finish. The 200 Freestyle Relay team of Strunk, Griffey, Criswell, and Hall, swam their way to a 6th place finish. To finish out the meet, the 400 Freestyle Relay team of Strunk, Luke Atterson, Lacey, and Griffey, placed 8th. All the relays had season best times or were within .1 second of what they swam on Thursday.
Overall, it was a great meet for us. We train all year for sectionals, and the boys really swam outstanding. I’m really excited for the future with this group. We have 10 of the 12 boys as underclassmen, and I’m really excited with how everyone is progressing. Even with as well as the group swam, we all learned some things this weekend that will help us moving forward into next year. This is a special group, and they have a chance to do some special things here in the next few years.