The Bearcats shook off a cold day with some hot swims at Boilermaker Aquatic Center on Saturday at the North Central Conference Championships. Despite their 5th place finish, the small, but mighty team swam season bests, and some lifetime bests all day long.
Leading the way for the Bearcats was the conference championship winning swim from Alec Hale going 48.8 and pulling away from the field in the 100 freestyle. Alec chipped in with a conference runner-up in the 200 freestyle as well going 1:47. Lukas Bradford made the podium in his two individual events on the day finishing 5th in the 200 IM and 4th in the Butterfly. Both Lukas and Alec also made the podium in the 200 Medley Relay (4th) as well as the 200 Freestyle relay (4th). They were joined by Eliyahu Young, Vincent Rogers, and Zane Brown.
The 400 Freestyle relay of Brock McCoy, Bryce McAbee, Eliyahu Young, and Nikko Morris also took home hardware finishing 8th in the 400 free relay. Not to be outdone the Bearcat divers had their share of success as well putting Griffin Hill and Nick Schmaltz on the podium in 6th and 7th respectively, and having Logan William just 20 points shy of making his first NCC podium.
One of the biggest highlights of the day has got to be the fabulous 500 freestyle swim from Brock McCoy. Brock came in to the meet with a seed time of 5:59, but outlasted the competition winning his heat in exciting fashion going a 5:40 and taking home a heat winner t-shirt. Nikko Morris took 2 heat winners shirts home, swimming in his first competition since coming back from pre-season injury. Nikko’s 1:06 100 Butterfly showed that he is already back to last year’s form! Finishing right behind Nikko in 12th place, and dropping 7 seconds to get there, was Bryce McAbee who has really excelled in his new butterfly role. Other head turners today were Zane Brown, dropping 5 seconds in the 200 and Vincent Rogers, putting all of his training together to go under 1:20 in the 100 breast. Finally, Carter Tharp debuted a new event swimming the 100 backstroke looking like an old pro and going a 1:35 in his first time out.
It was great to see some speed after nearly 3 weeks of grueling Christmas training. The boys take on Anderson and Kokomo next at home on Saturday. See attachment for full conference results.