INDIANAPOLIS – Numerous area swimmers took to the Indiana University Natatorium on Saturday for the girls swimming state championship finals with many chasing event titles.
Although none won a title, all gained experience and many swimmers improved from last year’s championship times as Carmel won its 27th straight state title with 397 points.
Homestead finished seventh with 106 points; Carroll was 18th with 37; Wawasee was 21st with 32; Snider was 25th with 27; and South Adams was 34th with six.
Wawasee sophomore Breanna Robinson finished third in her events. She led at the first turn in the 100-yard freestyle and 200 freestyle but was unable to sustain her pace. She did set personal bests in both events.
Robinson finished the 100 in 50.67 seconds and the 200 in 1:49.71.
Any time you swim a lifetime best, you have done everything you can do, Wawasee coach Julie Robinson said. These kids are so young, and it’s hard to understand the pressure that’s on their shoulders.
Improvement on her time each time she swims is a motivating factor for Breanna Robinson, but she said her goal is to land on the top spot of the winner’s podium.
It is always my goal to try and get my best time, she said. It is motivating to see people ahead of me. It is a race and I want to be first.
Homestead senior Bailey Pressey swam in four events. Two were individual swims; the others were as a member of the Spartans’ 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams that took fourth place.
Fatigue does play a factor in the later event, Pressey said.
There is no way I would have gotten through that last event without them (teammates).
She said the relaxed team atmosphere during downtime as well as the support they give each other helps keep her going.
Homestead senior Bailey Wills’ dives had a combined total of 372.50 points to earn her a 10th-place finish.
I came here to just have fun and didn’t have any expectation about the meet. I am happy with myself, Wills said.
Homestead junior Caroline Weigand finished third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.37.
Homestead coach Chad Englehart said he was happy with how his team performed.
The whole idea was to come down for the weekend and be relaxed and swim well, Englehart said. We were hoping for a top-10 finish, and we got it.
The Spartans are returning most of their team, and Englehart said the future looks good.
There was some real good talent sitting here watching, he said.
Snider junior Hannah Miller finished eighth in the 500 freestyle in 5:04.05.