Despite the lopsided score against an outstanding Carmel team Tuesday night, the boys continued to build momentum with some strong performances. Down to just 11 swimmers and 3 divers, the lineup was built to give athletes opportunities to race strong events they didn’t get to swim at Saturday’s Splash & Clash.
Leading the way for the Royals as individual winners were seniors Keegan Streett in the 100 fly and Noah Ebeyer in the diving competition. Streett won a close race, beating Carmel’s AJ Robertson by less than two-tenths of a second, and Ebeyer led a 1-2-3 sweep of the diving competition alongside senior Jack Bisesi and sophomore Troy Borrero.
The divers have been really fun to watch this season, as Bisesi and Ebeyer continue to push each other in practice and competitions. Borrero, despite his inexperience, is improving very quickly – on Saturday he completed his first 11 dive list and this evening he broke 150 points, incredible for someone with only a few weeks of experience! The rest of the season will be really exciting to watch for this group of three outstanding divers.
Freshman Jack Waren was fantastic tonight, recording two lifetime bests in the 200 free (1:59.20, previous best 2:03.58) and the 500 free (5:22.38, previous best 5:42.17). He continues to work hard and is growing every day as he makes the adjustment to high school swimming and will be a leader for our team for years to come.
Junior Noah Haines swam a great meet on Saturday and followed it up with another great effort this evening across three swims, leading the Royals in the 200 free with a 1:56.55. He is very coachable and hungry for feedback and as he continues to work on details like turns and breakouts, he will just keep getting better and better.
Senior Justin Voelker was in sprint mode tonight, racing all freestyle events. He has really mixed up his events as he shows strength in just about anything and is always positive no matter what he’s asked to do. He’s been really good on free relays and is incredibly hungry to get better and to make changes to his sprint freestyle stroke that show he can really help lead our relays at the end of the year.
Sophomore Jason Hua is becoming Mr. Consistency, and shows signs of a breakthrough in his fly and breaststroke with a few small changes. He has been solid in the IM and always has a spot on relays because he races hard in any situation and is always ready to do what the team needs him to do. Very bright future for this versatile swimmer.
And one final shoutout for junior Matt Truxall who has always shown an incredible talent but has upped his level of maturity and focus this season. He is one of the hardest workers on the team and is starting to take ownership of his swims by asking some great questions and honing in on areas he can improve. His strength is in the breaststroke but his other strokes are all really improving and he races as hard as anyone out there.
The Royals have one final racing opportunity in 2020 – they will head to Fort Wayne for the Homestead Invite on Monday. Great meet Royals, let’s keep the momentum going!