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State swimming and diving championships

Homestead’s Frebel places 2nd in diving

Spartans also get 9th; Snider 3rd in 100 butterfly

– As Kevin Frebel accepted his second-place diving medal at the boys swimming and diving state championship Saturday, he was full of emotions. He waved to the fans, took in the moment and then hurried off the podium to return to his team.

Despite the disappointment of falling short of being the state champion, Frebel knows he will be back.

“Everyone knew coming into the finals this afternoon that Kevin and Cody were the heavy favorites,” Homestead head swimming and diving coach Chad Englehart said.

Cody Coldren, a senior diver from Hamilton Southeastern, edged Frebel in the final three dives. Having defeated Coldren for the first time at the Fishers Dive Regional, Frebel was optimistic heading into this weekend’s competition.

When the final scores were tallied, Coldren earned 377.95 and Frebel 370.70.

“He would have loved to have won it, but the most important thing is that he will be back,” Englhardt said. “I’m also excited about some of our up-and-coming divers and the fact that our diving coach, Jill Eakright, will be back to continue the awesome job that she does.”

Homestead diver Noah Marble also impressed by placing ninth and being the only freshman to make the diving finals.

Although Snider struggled to provide a powerful team performance, lone finalist Gabriel Swardson was able to swim himself into a third-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly. Swardson finished in 49.39 seconds, cutting two-tenths off his qualifying time.

Carroll’s Ryan Huizing was also in the 100 butterfly final and ended up with a sixth-place finish, recording a 50.21.

The sophomore swimmer also made the final heat of the 50 freestyle and earned himself another medal, swimming a 21.24 and finishing in seventh place.

“Overall it has been a great weekend for not only me, but the whole team,” Huizing said. “We dropped time on the relays, and it’s been so fun to swim with everyone here.”

Repeating their impressive sectional performance, Carroll once again finished ahead of Homestead, placing 10th with the Spartans coming in at the 12th spot.

“I’m thrilled with where we finished,” Englehardt said. “Over the past couple of years, we’ve fallen off a bit, and to get back to this place where we are competitive is amazing.”