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Boys Varsity Swimming · Eagles Finish Strong in Sectional Final

The boys’ swim and dive team was back at Avon for the Sectional finals on Saturday and performed in stellar fashion. Though no swimmer earned a State bid, Lee Haywood (with a new school record) will represent South at the diving Regional after placing 3rd in Saturday’s meet. The Medley relay team of Seidler, Steffy, Hinkle and Hutcheson broke their own school record for the 4th time this season with their third place finish of 1:45.00. Perhaps most impressive was the team finish of 5th place behind only Avon, Plainfield, Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South, all of which are dominated by club swimmers. Team scores were as follows:

Avon – 404

Plainfield – 346

Terre Haute North – 345

Terre Haute South – 295

South Putnam – 172

Greencastle -163

Tri-West -147

Cascade – 125

Danville – 103

North Putnam – 98

West Vigo – 0 (forfeit)

The athletes came into the meet on Saturday with focus, as they all dropped time from their preliminary swims on Thursday. Below is a list of the athletes’ final finishes and times, lifetime bests noted with an ‘*’.

Jake Hutcheson:

200 free – 7th, 1:48.79*

500 free – 5th, 5:05.92*

100 free – (relay lead off) 49.89*

Evan Steffy:

200IM – 11th, 2:15.79

100 breaststroke – 10th, 1:09.34

Eric Hinkle:

200IM – 14th, 2:18.75*

100 fly – 11th, 59.92*

Jared Seidler:

50 free – 6th, 23.11

100 free – 11th, 51.94*

Lee Haywood:

11 dives – 3rd, 447.95*

David Lorimer:

11 dives – 12th, 215.80

Kyle Cunningham:

100 fly – 16th, 1:05.98

100 back – 16th, 1:09.33*

The 200 freestyle relay team of Cunningham, Haywood, Harris and Carr placed 7th with a time of 1:39.40, a best time for that group, and the 400 freestyle relay team of Hutcheson, Hinkle, Steffy, and Seidler finished 6th with a time of 3:29.08.

An updated version of the Men’s All-Time Top Ten Swims can be seen here, with current team members in blue: Men’s Top Ten

Congratulations to all the guys on an impressive season!!