On the first day of a three-day road trip, the Royals won a hard-fought battle with a small but very tough Bedford North Lawrence team, 112-73. They also won their dual with host Jasper 145-38 in a fun double-dual meet format.
After the first four events, the Royals led BNL by just six points. Connor Harrison earned the first event victory for HSE in the 50 free, which was then followed by a 1-2 sweep in diving by freshman AJ Ricafort and senior Nathan Barr.
Blake Ratliff won the 100 fly, Zack Bostock won the 100 breast, and the Royals won the 200 free relay (Alex Kaminski, Ratliff, Noah Haines, DJ Rogers).
The test for this team moving forward will be how they respond to being challenged. Despite not swimming their very best lineup, they were outperformed in many key aspects of racing and need to improve their engagement and encouragement of one another. They have the potential – but must grow together.
Highlights for the Royals included the following swimmers:
Zack Bostock, who swam a great 100 breast but has been perhaps the Royals’ most consistent athlete this season in terms of bringing a positive attitude and growth mindset to the pool. He always wants to be better and challenges his teammates to do the same.
Thomas Reising, who swam an inspired 100 free and just seconds after the race was already picking apart his mistakes and identifying areas he can be better. Athletes who have a desire to improve usually find a way to do it, and his passion right now
Alex Kaminski, who raced a very tough 200 IM that seemed to get better throughout the race and did an outstanding job encouraging and coaching teammates all afternoon.
The Royals return to competition tomorrow in a dual at Bloomington South that begins at 4 pm.