INDIANAPOLIS — While the Columbus North boys swimmers didn’t quite swim up to the lofty seeds they had put themselves in heading into the state meet, the Bull Frogs did better than their positions from Friday night’s preliminaries.
North placed in the top five in all six events in which it was entered for Saturday afternoon’s finals. Led by a championship from junior Cody Taylor in the 100-yard breaststroke and a runner-up finish in the 200 individual medley, the Bull Frogs finished sixth as a team for the second consecutive year.
“We graduated a lot of points last year,” North coach Jim Sheridan said. “These guys had to learn to move up into the top eight to continue the points, and to have four guys here this year and continue this movement where everybody takes home a medal, it’s a tremendous accomplishment out of these young men.”
Taylor, junior Sam Loescher, sophomore Matthew Freudenthaler and senior Sam Parker finished second in the 200 freestyle relay in a school-record 1:24.99. North Central won in 1:24.26.
“The 200 free relay, we really wanted to win,” Freudenthaler said. “We were happy we got the record, just not satisfied that we didn’t win.”
“Obviously we would have liked a blue medal for it,” Taylor said. “But when you go a certain time, to an extent, it doesn’t matter what place you get, you’re happy with how you did and you’re proud of yourself.”
The same foursome — this time with Loescher leading off, followed by Parker, Freudenthaler and Taylor — took third in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:07.83. Chesterton, which swam a state-record 3:01.05 in Friday’s prelims, went 3:04.77 in the finals to take the title.
“We didn’t do as well as we were hoping, but that happens,” Parker said. “It’s a learning experience.”
“The 200 free relay, I’m satisfied with the time because we got the record,” Loescher said. “The 400 free relay, not so much, but you can’t be unhappy with getting third in the state.”
Said Taylor, “That last relay, we would have liked to get second. We missed the (school) record by a little bit for the second year in a row, which was a bit of a disappointment, but we’ll take another run at it next year.”
Loescher tied for fifth in the 50 freestyle in 21.28. He came back with a fourth-place finish in the 100 freestyle in 46.10.
“I wasn’t really happy with my times, but I knew going into the finals that all I wanted do was place better than what I was going into it after the prelims, and I did that,” Loescher said. “Nothing really clicked like it did in the sectional finals or prelims for state, but I was satisfied with my times.”
Parker had also qualified for state in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle and finished 19th in both in Friday’s prelims.
“I know Sam Parker was a little disappointed in his individual races, but I can’t say enough about his leadership that he provided this team,” Sheridan said. “It’s something we haven’t seen here in a number of years with the Frogs. I hope my younger guys took the lesson from Sam Parker this year because he brought a lot of lessons along with him.”
“Four people and sixth place — that’s pretty good,” Parker said. “I think we’re pleased.”
Seymour senior Nick Hester finished 31st in the diving competition. He was eliminated after the first round and scored 126.90 for five dives.
Jennings County senior Taylor Eder finished 22nd in the 100 backstroke, and Panther sophomore Trever Wilson took 32nd in the 100 breaststroke in Friday’s prelims.