What a great day to be a Royal!
The HSE boys brought their very best to the pool for Saturday’s Sectional Finals. Winning this meet against a talented Fishers team would be a tough task, and while the Royals ultimately came up short, it was an outstanding day in every respect for HSE.
The divers got things started for HSE, with seniors Jack Bisesi (fifth, 334.95 points) and Noah Ebeyer (ninth, 297.45 points) leading the way. Sophomore standout Troy Borrero, competing at the sectional meet for the first time, did an outstanding job placing eleventh with 254.50 points. They put up an impressive 29 points, but HSE entered the swimming events trailing by 24 after a dominant 53-point performance by the Fishers divers.
Charlie Rogers (25.45), Justin Voelker (25.17), Thomas Reising (22.03), and Zack Bostock (20.67) got things off to a fast start for the Royals, winning the 200 medley relay in 1:33.32. The squad will enter the meet as one of the state’s fastest, and is the third-best performance in school history.
Keegan Streett recorded his first of two individual wins in the 200 free, winning a close race against Jackson Carlile of Fishers in 1:39.36. Just as exciting were the lifetime-best swims of Noah Haines (fifth, 1:47.65) and Clayton Juffer (sixth, 1:50.06).
Justin Voelker led the way for HSE in the 200 IM, swimming a lifetime-best 1:58.48 and moving up a spot to take third. Matt Truxall went nuclear, dropping almost three seconds to move from sixth to fourth place and finishing in 2:01.45. And freshman Jack Waren held off a more experienced racer to hold on to seventh place.
Two lifetime bests from seniors Zack Bostock (3rd, 21.64) and Logan Hess (5th, 22.08), as well as the 10th place performance from sophomore Skyler Listenfelt, helped chip away at the Fishers lead in team points. What would have been almost a 50 point deficit on the heat sheet was suddenly just a 19-point meet, with the first four events wearing away the impressive lead Fishers had after diving.
Reising put up one of the most dominant performances of the day in winning the 100 butterfly in 50.75, over two seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Reising’s time is the seventh-fastest in HSE history and over two seconds faster than his time from last season. Hess took fourth in 53.85, and Waren used an outstanding final 50 to steal sixth place, passing two swimmers on the final 25.
Streett then took his second W of the day, winning the 100 free in 45.40 and breaking his own pool record in the process. Rogers was fourth with an amazing swim of 48.77, a huge improvement on his lifetime-best of 50.58 entering the meet. Chouchi Ding, swimming in the consolation heat, also recorded a lifetime-best of 51.30, four seconds faster than he began the season.
The distance crew stepped up in a huge way, weathering the storm of a Fishers 1-2-3 finish. Junior Noah Haines (fourth, 4:54.31) and sophomore Clayton Juffer (fifth, 5:04.76) both moved up a spot from prelims and junior Drew Hershman dropped eight seconds from prelims to finish seventh in 5:11.41 – three outstanding swims.
The all-senior squad of Keegan Streett (20.88), Zack Bostock (20.71), Thomas Reising (20.68), and Logan Hess (21.81) won the 200 free relay in an impressive 1:24.08, the second-fastest in school history and a new pool and sectional record. Now down by 14 points but running out of events, the team could only hope to continue the great momentum.
Junior Ryan Harrison took third in the 100 back in an outstanding 52.81, with Rogers just behind in fourth (54.70). Hershman, fresh off his great 500, swam a lifetime-best 58.10 to place seventh.
Voelker stole the show late in the meet with a dominant performance in the 100 breast, winning in 56.82 to earn his first trip to the state meet and breaking the sectional record. His time is third-best in HSE history, just short of current HSE assistant coach Daniel Walter’s school record of 56.52 from when he won the 2003 state meet.
Truxall was again outstanding in taking third, breaking the one-minute barrier for the first time and finishing in 59.75. Sophomore Jason Hua was seventh in a lifetime-best 1:03.95.
Unfortunately there was just one event left, and the team title was now out of reach. However the Royals had one special performance left – an amazing 400 free relay swim of 3:07.57, taking second in a close race. Bostock led off in a lifetime-best 47.01, Streett was impressive with a 45.31, Hess split a 48.83, and Reising had a little magic left, rocketing to an incredible 46.42 split. What a relay this was – only twice in school history has HSE been faster and it’s not hard to envision the Royals being even faster a week from now.
What a meet it was for the HSE Royals – top to bottom, this team was incredible today. Thank you to those who supported this team from all over, and what a great day it was to be a Royal!