North Putnam freshman Dane Gray and his Avon-based USA swim team recently won the Boys 13-14 year old USA State swimming Championship held at the IUPUI Natatorium. Gray's Avon team outdistanced perennial favorites Carmel and Hamilton Southeastern. Gray qualified to compete in eight events over the three day meet. Gray qualified for finals in five of his eight events, medaling in four events. Gray had two second place state runner-up finishes, a third, and a fourth place finish. He also had finishes of 15th, 31st, 45th and 49th. Gray registered lifetime bests in five of his eight events. Gray was most excited about breaking the one minute barrier in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 59.72 sec., his time of 53.62 sec. in the 100-yard free and 24.05 sec. in the 50-yard free.