The HSE Boys Swimmers and Divers were in two separate competitions today – the divers were at the Fishers HS Dive Invite and the swimmers traveled to the Homestead HS Invitational. We don’t like splitting the team up very often but this was a good time to do so and both of these meets met the needs of the team.
While the divers were without their leader and returning state scorer Nathan Barr today, they were able to place 2 young guys in the top 8 – freshman AJ Ricafort brought home 4th place and first year diver Noah Ebeyer took 8th place. This team is young, but hungry and they made their veteran leader proud today.
For the swimmers, this was a really tough meet – bringing home 3rd place equals last year, but there are still a lot of questions about how the championship lineup will shake out for our team. This meet is an absolute slugfest with many of the best swimmers in the state competing for their schools. Most of the older and more experienced swimmers handled this very well while some of the younger guys got caught looking around and letting the meet pass them by. What a great opportunity for our team – there is no better way to prepare for the championships than by facing state level competition.
Blake Ratliff was very good today and had one of the best 100 Backstrokes of his career – all the other events he swam in were impressive as well. He is really dialed in right now and keeps looking to improve. Connor Harrison swam a great 100 Fly and it was his most coachable effort of the season – he is on the right track and if he keeps this up, he will be super fast in February. Our top sprinters DJ Rogers, Andrew Christopher, Nick Bostock, and Zack Bostock gave 100% today – this is a tough meet and they got tougher as a result of some top notch racing today. Ethan Forbes had his best meet of the season and Justin Voelker just keeps racing his tail off!
The Royals coaching staff was also impressed by: a) Keegan Streett coming back for a lifetime best 50 Free after some brutal competition in his premier events – he stayed with it and showed us what he can do, b) Evan Sellers coming from behind for a strong finish in the 500 Free – the resiliency Evan showed allowed him to finish that race better than he started it, and c) Thomas Reising racing as hard as can be – he brings an amazing amount of energy to every single race and is a pivotal inspiration to his teammates!
The Carmel Greyhounds come to HSE Tuesday night – it will be another important challenge for this team as they continue the process of growing into a championship level force to be reckoned with!