Crimmins going for state title, school record

Saturday, February 28, 2009
Greencastle senior swimmer Luke Crimmins blasts off the blocks at the beginning of the 100-yard backstroke. Crimmins will compete today at the IHSAA State Swimming Finals.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Tiger Sharks represented Greencastle High School in seven events in Friday's prelims. Today, only one event will be going for a state title.

Luke Crimmins made it out in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 53.96, slightly faster than his seed time.

"The plan is to go up. I can't go down anymore," Crimmins said. "My plan is to capture the school record that Daniel's little brother holds.

"I'm only two-tenths off so hopefully I can make a run for it," he added.

There is a small chance that the Tiger Sharks could have one of their relay teams in the consolation round. The 200-yard medley consisting of Crimmins, Ryan Payne, Nick Stevens and Jesse Elkins broke the school record again with its time of 1:39.64 putting them in 17th place and making them the first alternate for the event.

"Our goal this season was to get here and to get people back," GHS Coach Daniel Bretscher said. "And to get a relay back and it is very disappointing to have the medley relay team finish 17th, just being three-tenths away from making the consolation is really frustrating.

"I have mixed feelings about how today went," he continued. "I'm glad that we got Luke back in the backstroke and we would have liked him to go a little faster, but he was only two-tenths off the school record, but it was great to see the last relay break the school record."

Greencastle's last relay team, the 400-yard freestyle that consists of Stevens, Austin Woodall, Guffey and Crimmins, snapped the school's 22-year old record for the event with a time of 3:19.01 placing them 21st in the state.

"It feels good to finally see a team get that record," Bretscher said.

Crimmins also swam in the 200-yard freestyle event, finishing 24th with a time of 1:46.84.

The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Guffey, Payne, Elkins and Luke Smith finished in 29th place with a time of 1:31.60.

The one swimmer that Bretscher was hoping to see swim in today's finals was Nick Stevens, who according to Bretscher, is one of the best swimmers to ever come out of the Greencastle program.

"This is the end of Nick's career and he has been one of the best swimmers in Greencastle history and I really wanted to see him swim (Saturday), but it didn't quite happen," Bretscher said. "We came here and gave it our all and that's all you can ask for."

Stevens swam in the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle events. In the 200 he finished 24th with a time of 1:46.84 and 27th in the 500 with a time of 4:55.31.

Even though the 2009 team was one of the best swim teams in the history of the school, Bretscher still feels a little empty.

"This has been one our greatest teams ever, but it's one of those things that you have set your sights a little higher than what you accomplished, so you can't help but feel a little disappointed," Bretscher commented.