Swimmers set for fast times at sectional

Friday, February 19, 2016

The IHSAA boys' sectional swim meet at Avon High School Saturday promises some stiff competition for Putnam County schools.

But North Putnam, South Putnam and Greencastle will pose a challenge for others as well as each team has some fast swimmers in a prime position after the prelims Thursday.

North Putnam 200-Medley team of Andrew Rodger, Jonah Creamean, Joseph Davis and Amos All are seeded sixth and South Putnam's team of Zach Rayce, Jared Seidler, Lorenzo Mainetti and Jake Hutcheson is seventh.

Rayce will also be seeded second in the 100-backstroke with his prelim time of 54.13 less than a second behind the leader from Avon.

Davis is seeded at No. 4 in the 100-yard breaststroke.

The Cougars also have Creamean racing in the 200-yard individual medley seeded eighth. The 50-freestyle features Greencastle's Logan Wood seeded seventh, the 100-butterfly will feature Creamean of North Putnam and Racye will be racing in the 100-freestyle for the Eagles.

The 200-freestyle relay will feature Greencastle's Jacob Kessler, Jack Curtis, Nathan Gobert and Wood seeded fifth.

"I was very impressed with the performance of our young men tonight. All week long we talked about giving it all they had, taking risks, and imagining excellence," GHS coach Kent Menzel said. "Their positive attitude led to lifetime bests for 30 of our 35 swims for the night. Truly phenomenal swimming. Our best performance for the night was from Junior Logan Wood, who will be swimming in the championship heat of the 50 free. Logan recorded four of those lifetime bests tonight in both relays as well as the 50 and 100 free, where he will be in the consolation heat."

The Cougars' team of Dylan Arnold, Cameron McPherson, Chase Ruble and Michael Noble is seeded eighth.

In the final event, the 400-freestyle relay South Putnam's team of Jake Hutcheson, Jared Seidler, Mainetti and Rayce will be seeded sixth and North Putnam is seeded eighth with Amos Allen, Creamean, Rodgers and Davis.

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