Club Olympia, Donner swim at Senior State

Ashley Freel repeated as Senior State champion in the 200-yard freestyle last weekend to lead Club Olympia athletes at the Indiana Swimming 2023 Short Course Senior State Championship at Pike High School.

Club Olympia finished 21st overall out of 76 teams from around the state.

Freel also medaled by finishing fourth in the 200 butterfly and seventh in the 100 backstroke. She placed ninth in the 100 freestyle and 13th in the 200 backstroke.

Brady Beyer medaled in four of his six individual events, including a second-place finish in the 1,650 freestyle, fourth in the 1,000 freestyle, sixth in the 400 individual medley and eighth in the 200 breaststroke. Beyer also took 10th in the 100 breaststroke and 13th in the 200 IM.

Annie Murer claimed 30th in the 500 freestyle, 50th in the 200 freestyle, and 63rd in the 100 freestyle. Ty Maher was 35th in the 1,650 freestyle, 36th in the 1,000 freestyle, 63rd in the 200 butterfly and 81st in the 200 freestyle.

Joshua Pendleton, a 12-year-old who qualified to compete at Senior State in two events, finished 37th in the 1,650 freestyle and 62nd in the 200 butterfly. Those events are not offered for competition in the 11-12 divisions at Age Group State. His times in those events have him ranked first in the U.S. in the 1,650 by eight seconds and 14th in the 200 Butterfly within his age group.

Todd Hundley finished 49th in the 200 backstroke, 70th in the 200 IM, 83rd in the 100 backstroke and 94th in the 100 butterfly. Judah Nickoll took 68th in the 100 backstroke and 95th in the 50 freestyle. Cole Ehara was 73rd in the 100 breaststroke and 99th in the 100 freestyle. Cavan Stilson competed in his first club state meet, finishing 84th in the 100 freestyle and 98th in the 50 freestyle.

Club Olympia 800 freestyle relay team of Keaton Stephenson, Nickoll, Ehara and Beyer finished 24th. Stilson, Nickoll, Ehara and Beyer took 33rd in the 200 medley relay and 34th in the 400 freestyle relay. Nickoll, Beyer, Hundley and Stilson were 33rd in the 400 medley relay. Stilson, Nickoll, Stephenson and Beyer finished 37th in the 200 freestyle relay. Stilson, Pendleton, Mellencamp and Mayer took 42nd in the 800 freestyle relay. Mellencamp, Ehara, Pendleton and Mayer were 47th in the 400 medley relay.

Misha Machavariani had qualified for Senior State in multiple events, but was traveling due to prior commitments.

Club Olympia has 11 athletes competing this weekend at the Age Group State Championship at the IUPUI’s Indiana University Natatorium for swimmers 14-and-under. Starting Thursday, Freel will be competing in USA Swimming’s Speedo Sectionals, also at the Natatorium. The rest of the swimmers not at Age Group State will have two-to-three weeks out of the water awaiting the start of practice for the summer Long Course Season.

The club’s Learn-to-Swim program is already full for Session One, which runs from April 10 to May 11. There will be signups soon for a Second Session in May, followed by two sessions this summer. For more information, visit

Donner earns cut for State Long Course meet

Donner Swim Club had several athletes competing in the Senior State Championship.

Diego Cotero Tapia, Jude Abdallah Aarush Mahato and Isaac Proffitt earned a Senior State Long Course meet for this summer in the 200 freestyle relay. Cotero Tapia, Abdallah, Brock Smith and Proffitt o made the Summer Senior State Cut in the 400 medley relay.

Cotero Tapia also made the finals in the 200 butterfly, 200 IM and 100 butterfly and earned a Speedo Sectional cut in the 100 butterfly. He also swam the 400 freestyle relay with Mahato, Deglan Cunningham and Proffitt.

Mahato is swimming three individual events at this weekend’s Age Group State meet. Also competing are two 10-and-under relays — Bryant Babb, Ritvik Prithiviraj, Cooper Bringman and Cade Paulsen, in the 200 medley relay will be swum by Paulsen, Bringman, Prithiviraj and Gavin Ley in the 200 freestyle relay.

The Hauser seventh-grade girls basketball team won the Mid-Hoosier Conference regular-season and tournament titles. Team members included, front row from left, Hayden Hedrick, Ava Dempsey, Madeline Wilmer, Nevaeh Paetzel, Addyson Russell, Dinah McCartney; and back row, coach Robert Jordan, manager Olivia Harris, Laikyn Craig, Peyton Norris, Abby Stacey and coach Michael Brock.

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