Club Olympia, Donner finish June on high note

Club Olympia joined several of Greater Indianapolis’ larger swim clubs to compete in last weekend’s Summer Spectacular Invitational at the historic Riviera Club near the campus of Butler University.

The four-day event combined one night of distance events, one night of sprint events followed by two mid-distance events and two days of traditional invitational events in the unique 50-meter pool laid out in the middle of the Riviera’s recreational pool which is enjoyed by club members and their families during the competition.

Club Olympia’s 40 swimmers performed well enough across the four days of competition to secure a second-place finish behind the host Riviera Swim Team, but ahead of teams including Washington Township Swim Club (North Central High School) and Lawrence Swim Team (Lawrence North High School).

In the Girls Open 1,500 freestyle, Connelly Furnish swam a personal record and was able to take first place, followed by Hope Westphal (second) and Maggie Johnson (fourth). For the boys, Misha Machavariani was first, followed by Ty Mayer (second), Todd Hundley (fourth), Cavan Stilson (sixth) and Tony Machavariani (eighth).

Dathan Wolf placed fifth in the Boys Open 800 freestyle, followed by Judah Nickoll (seventh), Lane Mellencamp (eighth in his last meet as unattached) and Luke Miller (ninth). Ashley Freel won the Girls Open 400 individual medley, followed by Maggie Johnson in second. Cole Ehara placed fourth in the Boys Open 400 IM. Westphal and Connelly Furnish placed first and second in the Girls Open 400 freestyle. Misha Machavariani was first, with Mayer, Hundley, Dathan Wolf and Judah Nickoll all in the top 10 for the Boys Open 400 freestyle.

For the sprint events, Freel placed first in three of the four Girls Open events, winning the 50 backstroke, 50 butterfly and 50 freestyle. Furnish took second in the 50 breaststroke. Other top-10 performances were turned in by Westphal, Johnson and Annie Murer in the sprint events.

Freel ended up as the top scorer for Club Olympia with 231.5 points, winning all seven of her events for a total of 11 victories. Westphal scored 202 points, finishing first in one event, second in four and third and fourth in her other two races. Johnson scored 172 points, and Furnish added 125.

Emily Meek won three events and placed second in two in the Girls 8-and-under division to finish with 94 points in just five races. Aashka Shah scored 81 points and placed second in two of her six Girls 11-12 races. Bella Zhang scored 67 points in her six Girls 8U races, including placing third in the 100 breaststroke. Lily Pendleton scored 60 points and placed third in three of her four 10U events.

The leading scorer on the boys side was Tony Machavariani with 180 points, winning all nine of his 10U events. His older brother Misha scored 141 points, with one first-place finish and three seconds in his seven races. Vivan Shah won six his seven races in the Boys 8U events, getting second in the other, to score 137 points. Daxton Wolf scored 112 points in his seven Boys 10U events, placing as high as second in the 50 butterfly. Xavier Zhang was right behind Wolf with 108 points in his seven 10U events, placing as high as second in the 200 IM. Daxton’s older brother Dathan scored 94 points in the Boys Open events. Aahan Gupta scored 89 points in his eight 10U events. Teddy Machavariani, a younger brother to Misha and Tony, and in his first year on the team, also scored 89 points in his six 8U events, placing third in two races and fourth in three.

Cole Ehara, competing in the Boys Open events, scored 84 points. Hundley scored 68 points and placed as high as third in the Boys Open 200 butterfly. Despite two DQs as a new swimmer in his first year on the team, Sarthak Deshmukh scored 67 points in his four other Boys 8U events, including a first in the 50 breaststroke. Adir Joshi scored 63 points in his eight Boys 10U races. Shourya Malviya scored 61 points in his six 10U events, including placing third in the 50 butterfly. Joshua Pendleton won all three of his Boys 11-12 races to score 60 points.

Others competing in the Riviera meet included Ivan Bondar, Hannah Dean, Aubrey Hernandez, Aahana Ingole, Eli Isaacs, Jesse Isaacs, Jasper Nickoll, Lovely Panda, Chad Pendleton, Rylan Perkins, Aksh Ranjan, Ali Trueblood and Saanvi Vibhuti.

Donner swimmers compete

Donner Swim Club competed in meets the past two weekends, and one Donner swimmer swam in the Central Zone Open Water Championships.

Last weekend, Donner was at the IU Nat Summer Invite against 21 other teams from Indiana and nearby states. Camila Murguia Mejia and Rebecca Murguia Mejia earned state championship timings for the 100 freestyle for 10U girls, and Mridula Muthukumaran got her state timing for the 50 freestyle for 13-year-old girls. Cora Tregoning added to her list of Divisional times with the 200 IM and 400 freestyle for 13-14 girls.

The Donner girls team placed third overall with 558.5 points. Among the 27 Donner swimmers, Camila Murguia Mejia was the highest point contributor in 10U with 136 points, followed by Rebecca Murguia Mejia with 117 and Milie Fry with 92. In the 13-14 girls category Mridula Muthukumaran was the highest point winner for the club with 95 points. Ellie Proffitt led the scoreboard for the Open girls category with 26.5 points.

The boys scored 34 points, with Aarush Mahato leading with 29.

Millie Fry had top-five finishes in all her events. Camila Murguia Mejia had a top-10 finish in all events and won the 100 butterfly. Rebecca Murguia Mejia had top-10 finishes in most of her events, with a fifths in the 100 freestyle, 50 breaststroke and 50 freestyle. Alexis Miller had several top-10 finishes, with a fifth in the 50 Backstroke. Shaivi Nighojkar placed 10th in the 100 breaststroke. Mridula Muthukumaran also had several top-10 finishes, including a third in the 200 butterfly. Mahato took seventh in the 100 butterfly. Ellie Proffitt placed ninth in the 100 butterfly.

The previous weekend, Donner took a 26-member squad to the FRST Summer Classic at Franklin.In the girls-10 and under category, Alexis Miller, Camila Murguia Mejia, Shaivi Nighokar, Rebecca Murguia Mejia earned a spot in the Age Group state championship in the 200 freestyle relay.

Camila Murguia Mejia earned a state time in the 50 butterfly. Rebeccca Murguia Mejia earned a Divisional time in the 100 backstroke. Alexis Miller earned her Divisional time in the 200 freestyle and 50 butterfly. Jonathan Callaway in the 11-12 boys category earned a Divisional time in the 50 Freestyle.

The girls team scored 603 points, with Camila Murguia Mejia leading the way with 165. The boys team scored 457 points, with Mahato scoring 135.

In the 10U timed finals girls: Alexis Miller had seven top-10 finishes. Camila Murguia Mejia had eight top-10s, including wins in the 100 butterfly and 50 butterfly. Rebecca Murguia Mejia had 10 top-10 finishes. Shaivi Nighojkar had two top-10s.

In the 10U boys division, Abhyud Ponnathpur had one top-1o finish. Reyansh Nighojkar netted eight top-10s.

In the 11-12 girls, Sanchita Ponnathpur swam to four top-10 finishes.

In the 11-12 boys, Jonathan Callaway netted five top-10s.

In the 13-14 girls, Cora Tregoning and Georgia Abdallah each had one top-1o finish. Muthukumaran had four top-10s.

In the 13-14 boys, Mahato had nine top-10 finishes, including a win in the 50 butterfly. Isaac Niewedde had two top-10s.

In the Open boys category, Jude Abdallah swam to two top-10 finishes. Nicolas Bowers and Isaac Proffitt each had one top-10 swim.

New Donner Swim Club coach Mike Cunningham greets Mridula Muthukumaran after she competed for Team Indiana in the Central Zone Open Water Championship June 17 at Pleasant Prairie, Wisc.

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Meanwhile, that same weekend, Muthukumaran swam for Team Indiana in the Central Zone Open Water Championship at Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. She finished 51 st in the 13-14 age group in the 2.5K freestyle event to help Team Indiana to a second-place finish out of nine Zones represented. Mike Cunningham, who is taking over as the new Donner coach in August, came up from his current club in the Chicago area to cheer for Muthukumaran.