“The guys were ready to go tonight. They were pumped after watching the girls have a great performance in their sectional.”
Elkhart Central leads in the other two individual event and the other two relays. Senior Brad Whitehead leads in the 100 free (49.37) and junior William Riblet in the 50 free (22.23). Junior Luiz DeMiranda Leao, junior Liam O’Neill, freshman Erik Kulp and Riblet top the field in the 200 medley relay and Laeo, junior Conner Flora, Riblet and senior Payton Phelps in the 200 free relay (1:28.70).
“We feel great after tonight, but I know Northridge is going to come out hot and heavy on Saturday,” Central coach Ryan Bounds said. “We are going to give it our best shot on Saturday. One of our goals is to get all three relays to state. Our medley relay set a school record tonight. I’m very excited top see what our sprint freestylers can do.
“We are going to rest one more day and then be ready to turn things inside out in the finals. We also know Concord is going to be coming after us.”
Concord leaders are sophomore Nathan Rose second in the 50 free (22.64) and classmate Stephen Krecsmar second in the 100 fly (54.88).
“I’m very pleased,” Concord coach Tom Johnson said. “The kids we had focused on tonight’s performances did well. We even moved a couple of them into championship finals. The other kids we have focused on Saturday. There could be some interesting races on Saturday. The 50 and 100 frees seem to be wide open.”
Freshman Ian Shreiner Barger is eighth in the 100 back (1:00.57) to lead Goshen. Freshman Henry Miller, senior Alex Metcalfe, senior Noah Schreiner and Shreiner Barger are fifth in the 400 free relay (3:44.85).
“We swan pretty well,” Goshen coach Steve Guipe said. “I was a little worried after the 200 free, but we came through it. This is a fast field and (I’m glad we got as many back on Saturday as we did.”