Saturday, February 24, 2018 9:50 pm
Boys state swim
2 Chargers earn state runner-up finishes
While there was little stopping Carmel at the boys swimming state finals Saturday at the IUPUI Natatorium, as the Greyhounds won their seventh state title in the past nine years, Homestead and Carroll both earned top-6 finishes.
The Spartans, paced by fourth-place finishes in three events, finished fifth with 148 points, edging the Chargers, who placed sixth with 145.5. Carmel lapped the field with 417, more than doubling runner-up Franklin's 203.
“We had a really strong senior class, and this weekend it was Riley Anderson, Scott Hodson, Trey Cooley and Bryce Warner stepping up,” Homestead coach Justin Max said. “They all qualified for the second day and scored some big points for the team. They’ve really been great all four years at Homestead and really put an exclamation point on their careers.”
Anderson, Hodson and Cooley teamed with junior Julian Norman to take fourth in the 200-meter freestyle relay, while Norman matched that fourth-place effort in the 200 freestyle and Hodson also placed fourth in the 100 freestyle.
Carroll saw two swimmers earn runner-up finishes in individual events to highlight its day.
Tristan DeWitt swam to a second-place effort in the 200 individual medley. His time of 1:48.12 put him just .17 seconds behind state champion Wyatt Davis of Carmel.
Charger junior Noah Yarian also swam to a state runner-up performance in the 100 backstroke (47.60).
While Carroll coach John Gibson would have liked his squad to crack the top 5, he was pleased with his swimmers’ ability to focus solely on their race plan, rather than getting intimidated by Carmel’s dominating team performance.
“They know the guys from other teams, and I don’t think it really enters their mind,” Gibson said. “They’re just racing the individual or the clock. They’re able to manage their own swims, and they don’t worry about who’s in the lane to the left of them or in the lane to the right of them.”
Warsaw finished the day in 34th place, while Wawasee took 39th.