INDIANAPOLIS — The Columbus North 200-yard freestyle relay team extended its season by one more race after placing in the top 16 in Friday’s preliminaries of the Boys Swimming State Finals at IUPUI’s Indiana University Natatorium.

Evan Patterson, Jared Carroll, Thomas Goble and Sam Russell touched the wall in 1 minute, 28.09 seconds to earn the final advancing spot at 16th place. They were just 21-hundreths of a second faster than 17th place.

The Bull Frogs will compete for ninth through 16th place in the consolation finals, which begin at 1 p.m. today.

“I’m very excited and glad to have the opportunity to swim even faster,” said Goble, the only senior of the advancing quartet. “We started off pretty strong. We lost some momentum in the middle (of the race), but (today) I think we’re ready to come back full force.”

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Goble also competed in the 50 freestyle, where he finished 35th in 22.27. Other individual races for the Bull Frogs were the 200 individual medley where Russell (1:55.07) finished 24th, and the 500 freestyle, where Nick Green (4:44.78) took 21st.

Green also swam on the 400 freestyle relay team with Patterson, Carroll and Russell. They missed advancing to today’s consolation race by one spot.

The quartet touched the wall in 3:12.86. However, they were 3.27 seconds behind 16th place and finished 17th overall.

North coach Logan Schaefer likes the 200 freestyle relay’s chances of swimming even faster today.

“We swam well, and I think we’re set up (today) to go even faster,” Schaefer said. “That’s our goal for now. Be better (today).”

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Frank Bonner is a sports writer for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5632.