The Mudsock trophy for boys swimming and diving will reside on the other side of town for the next year as the Royals suffered their first conference dual meet loss to rival Fishers, 126-60. HSE had won the competition the past two years but a deep Fishers team was too much for the Royals to handle this time around.
Senior Keegan Streett recorded the Royals’ lone individual victory, winning the 200 freestyle.
Despite losing the meet, there were many silver linings as this team continues to find its way. The effort was consistently great and there were even some season-best swims to highlight the evening. While the seniors have led the way all season, this evening it was the junior class that provided many of the evening’s highlights on the blue side.
One sure highlight was Noah Haines in the 200 free, who swam a fearless first 100 yards of his race. With the hard work he’s been putting in this season, it’s only a matter of time until he finds a way to hold on and do something special.
Ryan Harrison had by far his best 200 IM of the season, swimming with serious confidence. For this team to reach its potential it will be vital for him to continue to improve details and find a way to keep getting better.
Drew Hershman continues to grind away at practice, and every time he hits the water he brings fantastic effort. He has some improvements to make, particularly on turns and breakouts but if he continues to show an eagerness to work hard, there’s no telling what he can accomplish this season.
Perhaps the best swim of the evening was Matt Truxall’s 200 IM – he continues to drop time and has improved all four strokes by an incredible margin over the past year. His toughness is obvious to anyone who watches him race and his growth has been incredibly fun to watch.
Despite the losing effort, the team should be full of optimism as the 2021 calendar develops. The conference championships are next, with the state tournament not far away. With more hard work this team is sure to accomplish great things.