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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2012
IHSAA BOYS’ SWIMMING AND DIVING STATE FINALS
Carmel High School celebrates after winning the IHSAA Boys’ Swimming and Diving State Finals at the IUPUI Natatorium on Saturday. Carmel
edged Bloomington South by a half-point for its third straight title. PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CECIL/SPECIAL TO THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR
Carmel takes state title;
Jeff team finishes seventh
in 500-yard freestyle
Top teams - 1, Carmel 246.5. 2, Bloomington South
245. 3, Northridge 217. 4, Chesterton 175.5. 5, North
Central 151. 6, Columbus North 117. 7, Jeffersonville 110. 8,
Bloomington North 102. 9, Westfield 92. 10, Highland 75.5.
11, Valparaiso 73. 12, South Bend St. Joseph’s 64. 13,
Center Grove 62. 14, Franklin 51 .15, Homestead 50 .16,
Carroll 42.5. 17, Hamilton Southeastern 38. 18, Batesville
38. 19, Fishers 36. 20, Zionsville 32.
200 Medley Relay – Bloomington South (Nick
Wonder, Scott Haeberle, Logan Jastremski, Brendan
200 Freestyle – Trevor Carroll, South Bend St.
200 Individual Medley – Jacob Cook, Homestead,
50 Freestyle – Adam Johnston, Highland, 20.79.
One Meter Diving – Joshua Arndt, LaPorte, 543.8
100 Butterfly – Max Irwin, Bloomington North, 48.72
100 Freestyle – Blake Pieroni, Chesterton, 44.85
500 Freestyle – James Costin, North Central, 4:33.09
200 Freestyle Relay – Bloomington South (Jacob
Kelzer, Jastremski, Jesse Smith, Michaelsen), 1:24.44.
100 Backstroke – Austin Flager, Northridge, 49.84
100 Breaststroke – Zech Banks, Carmel, 56.0
400 Freestyle Relay – Bloomington South (Wonder,
Kelzer, Michaelsen, Haeberle), 3:04.9
By Paul Shepherd
Special to The Courier-Journal
INDIANAPOLIS — The Jeffersonville boys’ swimming and
diving program will have to wait
one more year for a team to surpass the accomplishments of the
That squad finished a schoolbest sixth at the state finals. This
year’s team fell just short of duplicating that feat, with a seventh-place finish Saturday in the
IHSAA Boys’ Swimming and
Diving State Finals at the Natatorium at IUPUI.
Carmel edged Bloomington
South by a half-point to win its
third straight state title.
“We did really well,” Jeffersonville senior Zach Blankenbeker said. “We took a little bit of
a gamble and didn’t shave until
(Saturday) morning. We came
into Friday’s prelims hoping to
make it through, which we did. It
was a perfect meet for us. We’ll
always be (measured) against
the 1976 team. That’s the greatest team we’ve had. We’ll obviously be in good standing in Jeffersonville history.”
Blankenbeker overcame a
slow start in the 500-yard freestyle to finish as the state runnerup behind North Central senior
James Costin. Blankenbeker fin-
Mark Cooney of Carmel High School swims in the 200-yard individual
medley during Saturday’s state championships.
ished in 4:35.54 to Costin’s
4:33.09. He added a fourth-place
finish in the 200 free with a time
of 1:40.6; nearly two seconds
faster than his time in Friday’s
“It’s kind of nerve-racking,
because in the 500 I’m always in
eighth place at the 200 mark,”
Blankenbeker said. “I’m always
thinking in my head that the 500
is a ‘guts’ race. I want to run people down. I always believe that I
have the most guts. I know in my
heart I can run people down. In
that race, I knew I had something
Red Devils’ sophomore Tim
Martin finished fourth in the 50
free in 21.04 seconds and fourth
in the 100 free in 46.16.
Jeffersonville’s 400 free relay team of Blankenbeker, Martin, Ty Arthur and Austin Smith
placed sixth in 3:09.39. The same
foursome placed eighth on the
200 free relay team (1:26.45).
Floyd Central junior Oscar
Anderson finished eighth in the
200 individual medley with a
time of 1:57.57. Highlanders junior diver Dylan Nichols advanced to Saturday’s state preliminary round but wasn’t
among the top 24 to advance beyond the morning preliminaries
to the semis. Nichols finished 31st
In the closest finish in 23
years, Carmel needed a fourthplace finish in the meet’s final
event, the 400 free relay, to guarantee its third straight championship. The Greyhounds got it,
surging from eighth to fourth to
win over Bloomington South
246.5-245. Jeffersonville finished with 110 points. Floyd Central tallied 17 points for 24th
“That’s why we do sports, to
be in those moments,” Carmel
coach Chris Plumb said. “It’s not
the outcome, but how you perform in those moments. They
knew we had to be fourth or better. That was the way the entire
meet went. Whatever we had to
do, we went out and did it.”
The Madison High School
girls’ basketball team’s run toward a state title came to an end
The Cubs lost 70-54 to Mount
Vernon (Fortville) in a Class 3-A
semistate game at Southport.
Madison’s season ends at 18-8.
Mount Vernon (23-5) will play
Fort Wayne Concordia for the 3-A
title 6 p.m. Saturday at Indiana
State University’s Hulman Center in Terre Haute. Concordia
beat Western 46-35 in the semistate at Warsaw.
Northeast Dubois (22-4) advanced to its first Class A final
since 2005 after beating Southwestern (Shelbyville) 54-51 in the
Bedford semistate. Dubois plays
Fort Wayne Canterbury at 10:30
a.m. Saturday in Terre Haute.
Canterbury (24-2) beat Riverton Parke 77-59 at Plymouth, and
will play in its fourth state final in
five seasons, having won in 2008,
‘09 and ‘10.
Defending 2-A champion Fort
Wayne Bishop Luers beat Seeger
49-36 at Plymouth, advancing to
Saturday’s championship game,
which follows the Class A title
game. Luers faces Evansville
Mater Dei (26-1), which beat Triton Central 51-37 at Bedford.
Columbus North (23-3) and Indianapolis North Central (22-5)
play in Saturday’s Class 4-A final,
which follows the 3-A game at
ISU. North beat Ben Davis 50-46
in overtime at Southport. At Warsaw, North Central won 65-50
over Penn - the team that lost to
Jeffersonville in last season’s 4-A
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Valley 47: Curtis Howard tallied
12 points and R.J. Jackson 11
points Friday night as the visiting
Musketeers (8-12) got past the
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21 8 8 13 - 50
Seymour (6-14) - Kirtley 23, Lucas 10, Joray 4, Hubbard 4,
Booth 2, Mills 2.
Silver Creek (13-7) - Sprigler 15, Ricketts 14, Meyer 13,
Brooks 5, McCall 2, Taylor 1.
3-point goals - Kirtley 4, Lucas 1, Sprigler 3, Ricketts 4,
10 14 17 20 - 61
13 10 11 13 - 47
Eastern Pekin (8-12) - Logue 6, Jackson 11, Hurst 6, Howard 12, Albertson 6, Wolf 2, Duncan 8, Churchman 9, Daugherty 1.
Springs Valley (5-15) - Crow1, Weddle13, Nigg 2, Baggett
12, Wolfington 2, Robling 1, Whitaker 2, Nachreiner 2, Galloway 12.
3-point goals - Howard 2, Baggett 2, Nachreiner.
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