IHSAA BOYS STATE SWIMMING: ROBINSON, KNIGHT MAKE FINALS
StaceyPageOnline / Sports on Friday, February 23, 2018
INDIANAPOLIS – There will be one more day for Brady Robinson, and an extra day for Grant Knight to get some quality experience. The two swimmers made the consolation finals at the IHSAA Boys Swimming State Finals.
Robinson, a senior from Wawasee, reached the consolation finals of the individual medley by posting a 1:52.55, landing 13th in the event. Robinson came into the event as the 12 seed, making his third straight state finals in the IM, placing 12th a season ago and 26th as a sophomore.
Knight, a sophomore from Warsaw, raised his stock in the breaststroke, coming in as a 16 seed but moving up to 10th with a 57.29. Knight posted a 57.77 at the sectional finals, and is just .13 off of Carmel’s Andrew Rafalko in the leader position. Knight was 19th in the breaststroke as a freshman.
Knight was 31st in the IM with his time of 1:59.14 and was on two relays that saw their state runs come to an end Friday night. The Tiger medley relay barely got wedged out of a consolation swim, placing 17th at 1:37.53. The team of Knight, Nick Zogbi, Alex Cook and Evan Borchers fell short of Penn’s time by .44, the Kingsmen taking the final consolation spot. The 200 free relay from Tiger Town came in 23rd at 1:28.89, comprised of Cook, Knight, Zach LaLonde and Ian Deming.
Deming ended up 29th in the butterfly at 53.95.
Wawasee’s Jared Krugman had two individual swims, his 200 free relay placing him 21st at 1:44.20 and his 500 freestyle 18th at 4:42.55. Krugman, a junior, was seeded 13th in the 500 coming in and 24th in the 200.
Krugman, Robinson, Brett Willaman and Isaiah Metcalf were disqualified from their 400 free relay, their 3:16.38 wiped off the board.
The area swimmers saw no one advance to a championship final, but several make consolation swims for Saturday.
The most precipitous rise came from Culver Academy’s Forrest Baumgartner, who was seeded 31st in the 100 freestyle but posted a 46.75 to land 11th. Baumgartner also made the consolations of the 50 free after placing 11th.
Concord’s Kallaghan Findley made the IM consoles with Robinson, and teammate Matt Bond is in the breaststroke consoles with Knight, as is Northridge’s Matt VanCoppenoelle. Northridge’s Nick Dibley made the consoles of the 200 and the Raiders have their medley relay in the consoles, and Concord’s 200 free relay is swimming for ninth.
Two state records were set Friday night, both by championship favorite Carmel. Their medley relay posted a ridiculous 1:28.00 to lead the pack while Drew Kibler, who is on the medley team, went an absurd 19.38 in the 50 free. Kibler is also a half-second off record pace in the butterfly as the top seed there.
Diving begins Saturday morning with preliminary rounds, with the finals connecting with the swim finals that begin at 1 p.m.