The New Castle boys swim team opened the New Palestine Sectional Prelims with some great swims, setting them up well for Saturday afternoon. The Trojans will have 7 individuals swimming and diving on Saturday, as well as 3 relay teams competing. Ben Hall led the way, placing 5th in the 200 Freestyle to qualify for the championship heat. Hall also placed 9th in the 500 Freestyle, just missing the championship heat by a second. The other Trojan to qualify for 2 events was Jackson Criswell placing 10th in the 200 Individual Medley and 11th in the 100 Freestyle. Swimming in the championship heat of the 100 Breaststroke on Saturday will be Aidan Sipes, who placed 8th Thursday night. Swimming in consolation finals Saturday will be Connor Griffey, 12th in the 100 Backstroke, Andrew Lacey, 15th in the 100 Breaststroke, and Dominique Strunk, 16th in the 50 Freestyle. Garrett Rusch will also be Diving on Saturday.
The Relay team had some strong performances, as all teams qualified for the Championship Final. The Trojans are seeded best in the 200 Freestyle Relay where the team of Sipes, Griffey, Criswell, and Hall placed 3rd going into Saturday. The 200 Medley Relay team of Griffey, Sipes, Hall, and Criswell placed 4th with their season best time by a little under 5 seconds. To finish the meet the 400 Freestyle Relay team of Strunk, Trenton Round, Lacey, and Griffey, swam a best combined time for the season and placed 7th going into Saturday. A couple of teams like to hold back their best relays for Saturday, but our boys are swimming well and I’m excited for how they swam. I’d like to see us hold our places if we can’t move up.
Overall, what a night! The boys swam awesome. They left it in the pool, and that’s all we can ask for from them. I couldn’t be happier with our times. We had 23 of 24 swims be personal best times. A lot of the times were multiple second drops, not just a half second or 1 second, which tells me they gave it all they had. We had great swims from the kids that didn’t advance individually as well, in Kaleb Carter, Shaun Moore, Trenton Round, and Aidan Shunneson. This group is still so young with 10 of our 12 swimmers being Sophomores and Freshman. To have a night like Thursday night, I was thrilled, and it gives us confidence going into Saturday.