Adam Bratten is a happy, but kind of lonely young man.
The Goshen High School senior is happy to be a No. 1 seed in the IHSAA boys swimming sectional going into the finals. He’s a little lonely because the Redskin is the only top seed that isn’t a member of the No. 3 ranked Northridge Raiders.
Bratten leads the 100-yard freestyle field with a time of 48.73 after Thursday night’s preliminaries held at Concord High School.
“Adam had a great night,” Goshen coach Nate Duell said. “The 100 free is not an event he swam a lot during the season, but we took a look at things for sectional and thought he had a chance in the event. So far the gamble is paying off.
“We are not in a position to challenge for the team title so the sectional is more about what can our individuals do.”
Diving preliminaries are Saturday at 9 a.m. The top four divers advance to the regional on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at South Bend Riley. Event finals begin at 1 p.m.
All winners and any swimmer or relay making the state cut advancing to the state meet at the Indiana University Natatorium on Friday, Feb. 22 (prelims) and Saturday, Feb. 23 (diving prelims and event finals).
Northridge senior Austin Flager leads the 50 freestyle (21.15) and 100 backstroke (52.08), junior Jon Stoller the 200 individual medley (1:59.96) and 100 butterfly (53.82) and freshman Seth Cripe the 200 free (1:48.62) and 500 free (4:56.02) as the Raiders are poised to capture their 12th overall sectional championship, 11th in a row.
“Twenty-three of our 24 swims tonight are in the finals on Saturday,” Northridge coach Joe Keller said.
“My biggest problem is going to be trying to watch all my kids. We have some events with three swimmers in the championship finals.
“We had a good night. Five of our younger and less experienced swimmers were shaved and rested for tonight. They went 5-for-5 in lifetime bests.
“On Saturday, our objective is to swim as fast as we possibly can to set ourselves up in the best possible position for state.”
Flager’s time in the 50 free was a sectional record breaking the mark of 21.28 by Michael Richline of Concord in 2009 and a pool record breaking the mark of 21.25 by Alex Burtch in 2009.
Also for Northridge, freshman Jesse Drake tops the 100 breaststroke field (1:03.85).
The Raiders lead all three relays. Flager, sophomore Philip Keller, freshman Jeremy Burbrink and Drake are first in the medley relay (1:43.77); junior Jordan Lantz, sophomore Lucas McLain, junior Takoda Friesen and senior Austin Bernth the 200 free (1:33.26); Cripe, freshman Conner Sandt, sophomore Chayton Friesen and senior Tyler Matthews the 400 free (3:32.13).
“We used 12 different kids in relays,” Keller said. “No one swam more than one relay tonight. That gives us a lot of options for Saturday.
“There are a couple of mechanical things we need to work on with some kids. Things like starts or turns. I saw some kids trying to do things to make themselves go faster. When you try to do it you are not going to go faster. At this point of the season you have to be on cruise control.
“So much of swimming at this point is mental. We have guys like Flager, Bernth and Stoller that have so much state experience they can show the others it’s no big deal.”
Goshen’s medley re;ay of Bratten, senior Tyler James, senior Daniel Swihart and sophomore Ian Duell are second (1:46.62).
“The medley relay set the tone for the evening,” Duel said.
“I was really pleased. We had almost 100 percent lifetime bests.”
Swihart is sixth in the 100 fly (57.79).
Redskin senior Trevor Wood was a swimmer the coach highlighted.
He placed 19th in the 50 free (26.10) and 21st in the 100 free (1:00.57).
“He dropped two seconds off his 50 time,’ Duell said. “Who does that in a high school sectional? That is an age group kind of drop. His career is over, but it was great to see him go out like that.”
Concord senior Trent Chamness is third in the 50 free (22.79) and junior Luke Vander Vliet third in the 100 back (57.17).
“We swam pretty well,” Concord coach Tom Johnson said. “There were a few spots we hoped to see some bigger drops in time but not too many.”
200-YARD MEDLEY RELAY — 1, Northridge (Austin Flager, Philip Keller, Jeremy Burbrink, Jesse Drake) 1:43.99; 2, Goshen (Adam Bratten, Tyler James, Daniel Swihart, Ian Duell) 1:46.62; 3, Elkhart Central (Landon Kruip, Alex Brosh, Samuel Wenzel, Payton Phelps) 1:48.34; 4, Concord (Luke Vander Vliet, Cameron Culp, Brian Rees Paul, Andrew Hinds) 1:50.25; 5, Elkhart Memorial (Mitchel Howard, Austin King, Cameron Green, Brenden Macklem) 1:52.25; 6, Wawasee (Danny Allen, Mason Germonprez, Corey Kenworthy, Austin Krizman) 1:52:35; 7, DeKalb (John Turner, Seth Gillespie, Kahler Goldsmith, Brycen Spangler) 1:52.93; 8, NorthWood (Nathan Nunemaker, Jacob Snider, Riley Smith, Connor Yoder) 2:00.81; 9, Angola (Chris Mapes, Chris Clemens, Evan Watkins, Tevin Crody) 2:01.11; 10, East Noble (Phillip Phan, Joseph Vandiver, Jacob Dickerson, Matthew Lewis) 2:02.65..
200-YARD FREESTYLE — 1, Seth Cripe (Northridge) 1:48.62; 2, Liam O’Neill (Elkhart Central) 1:50.10;. 3, Sebastian List (Wawasee) 1:51.28; 4, Tyler Matthews (Northridge) 1:51.72; 5, Stephen Krecsmar (Concord) 1:51.84; 6, Alexander Mark (Concord) 1:52.82; 7, Chayton Friesen (Northridge) 1:53.12; 8, Conner Flora (Elkhart Central) 1:55.41; 9, Agustus Johnson (Elkhart Central) 1:59.60; 10, Noah Shreiner (Goshen) 2:00.02; 11, Zachary Wright (Concord) 2:00.46; 12, Seth Shoemaker (Wawasee) 2:00.65; 13, Caige Wahlgren (Wawasee) 2:02.62; 14, Matthew Lewis (East Noble) 2:04.73; 15, Brycen Spangler (DeKalb) 2;05.09; 16, Mitchell Troyer (Elkhart Memorial) 2:06.19.
200-YARD INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — 1, Jon Stoller (Northridge) 1:59.96; 2, Austin Bernth (Northridge) 2:01.48; 3, Erik Huang (Elkhart Central) 2:06.62; 4, Luke Vander Vliet (Concord) 2:07.15; 5, Joe Mueller (Northridge) 2:07.28; 6, Andrew Hinds (Concord) 2:11.44; 7, Andrew Busse (Wawasee) 2:11.89; 9, Arman Salim (Fremont) 2:12.23; 9, Brandon White (Concord) 2:14.49; 10, Mason Germonprez (Wawasee) 2:14.59; 11, Corey Kenworthy (Wawasee) 2:16.98; 12, Alex Metcalfe (Goshen) 2:20.64; 13, Alex Brosh (Elkhart Central) 2:20.94; 14, Austin King (Elkhart Memorial) 2:21.41; 15, Austin Barfell (Elkhart Central) 2:23.18; 16, Mitchel Howard (Elkhart Memorial) 2:24.16.
50-YARD FREESTYLE — 1, Austin Flager (Northridge) 21.15 (sectional record breaks 21.18 by Michael Richline of Concord in 2009 and pool record breaks 21.25 by Alex Burtch of Concord in 2009); 2, Brad Whitehead (Elkhart Central) 22.76; 3, Trent Chamness (Concord) 22.79; 4, Luke Smith (Wawasee) 23.03; 5, Conner Sandt (Northridge) 23.12; 6, William Riblett (Elkhart Central) 23.49; 7, Nathan Rose (Concord) 23.52; 8, Lucas McLain (Northridge) 23.55; 9, Payton Phelps (Elkhart Central) 23.66; 10, Ian Duell (Goshen) 24.17; 11, Seth Gillespie (DeKalb) 24.22; 12, Kahler Goldsmith (DeKalb) 24.32; 13, Brian Rees Paul (Concord) 24.43; 14, Cameron Green (Elkhart Memorial) 24.62; 15, Branden Macklem, (Elkhart Memorial) 24.88; 16, Tristen Singleton (Elkhart Memorial) 24,89.
100-YARD BUTTERFLY — 1, Jon Stoller (Northridge) 53.82; 2, Takoda Friesen (Northridge) 55.09; 3, Jeremy Burbrink (Northridge) 56.40; 4, Arman Salim (Fremont) 57.48; 5, Logan Brugh (Wawasee) 57.67; 6, Daniel Swihart (Goshen) 57.79; 7, Samuel Wenzel (Elkhart Central) 59.13; 8, John Turner (DeKalb) 59.30; 9, Jackson Fann (Elkhart Central) 59.67; 10, Zachary Wright (Concord) 1:10.02; 11, Seth Shoemaker (Wawasee) 1:01.25; 12, Corey Kenworthy (Wawasee) 1:01.92; 13, Brian Rees Paul (Concord) 1:02.51; 14, Alex Metcalfe (Goshen) 1:03.73; 15, Riley Smith (NorthWood) 1:04.17; 16, Austin Barfell (Elkhart Central) 1:05.03.
100-YARD FREESTYLE — 1, Adam Bratten (Goshen) 48.73; 2, Liuz DeMirandaleao (Elkhart Central) 50.26; 3, Brad Whitehead (Elkhart Central) 50.57; 4, Zac Hershberger (Wawasee) 50.68; 5, Conner Sandt (Northridge) 50.81; 6, Trent Chamness (Concord) 50.95; 7, Jesse Drake (Northridge) 51.74; 8, Luke Smith (Wawasee) 51.99; 9, Nathan Rose (Concord) 53.28; 10, Evan Watkins (Angola) 52.55; 11, Logan Elijah (Northridge) 52.70; 12, William Riblett (Elkhart Central) 52.73; 13, Cameron Green (Elkhart Memorial) 53.46; 14, Brenden Macklem (Elkhart Memorial) 53.65; 15, Kahler Smith (DeKalb) 53.83; 16, Ian Duell (Goshen) 54.10.
500-YARD FREESTYLE — 1, Seth Cripe (Northridge) 4:56.02; 2, Joe Mueller (Northridge) 4:59.88; 3, Logan Brugh (Wawasee) 5:01.99; 4, Erik Huang (Elkhart Central) 5:02.06; 5, Tyler Matthews (Northridge) 5:02.58; 6, Alexander Mark (Concord) 5:05.67; 7, Andrew Busse (Wawasee) 5:09.29; 8, Stephen Krecsmar (Concord) 5:09.91; 9, 10, Agustus Johnson (Elkhart Central) 5:14.66; 10, Conner Flora (Elkhart Central) 5:19.50; 11, Cameron Culp (Concord) 5:30.93; 12, Noah Shreiner (Goshen) 5:47.99; 13, Avery Hornor (Elkhart Memorial) 5:45.35; 15, Jory Rogers (Elkhart Memorial) 5:47.62; 15, Brycen Spangler (DeKalb) 5:48.02; 16, Nathan Nunemaker (NorthWood) 5:51.17.
200-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY — 1, Northridge (Jordan Lantz, Lucas McLain, Takoda Friesen, Austin Bernth) 1:33.26; 2, Elkhart Central (Alex Brosh, Landon Kruip, Payton Phelps, William Riblett) 1:36.94; 3, Concord (Nathan Rose, Brian Rees Paul Alexander Mark, Stephen Krecsmar) 1:37.54; 4, Wawasee (Caige Wahlgren, Corey Kenworthy, Luke Smith, Logan Brugh) 1:39.71; 5, Elkhart Memorial (Cameron Green, Mitchell Troyer, Tristen Singleton, Brenden Macklem) 1:39.75; 6, DeKalb (John Turner, Nicholas Kumpfmiller, Kahler Goldsmith, Seth Gillespie) 1:40.10; 7, Goshen (Kyle Butler, Jacob Isnogle, Tyler James, Daniel Swihart) 1:42.09; 8, East Noble (Keegan Gura, Matthew Lewis, Collin Wilson, Jacob Dickerson) 1:46.33; 9, NorthWood (Riley Smith, Jacob Snider, Conner Yoder, Nathan Nunemaker) 1:47.96; 9, Angola (Brady Thompson, Tevin Crody, Jack Wagner, Evan Watkins) 1:49.74.
100-YARD BACKSTROKE — 1, Austin Flager (Northridge) 52.08; 2, Adam Bratten (Goshen) 55.42; 3, Luke Vander Vliet (Concord) 57.17; 4, Jeremy Burbrink (Northridge) 57.79; 5, Sebastian List (Wawasee) 57.83; 6, Brandon White (Concord) 58.51; 7, Liuz DeMirandaleao (Elkhart Central) 58.71; 8, Alex Bernth (Northridge) 59.07; 9, John Turner (DeKalb) 1:00.59; 10, Danny Allen (Wawasee) 1:01.91; 11, Logan Haessig (Wawasee) 1:03.39; 12, Landon Kruip (Elkhart Central) 1:04.27; 13, Mitchell Howard (Elkhart Memorial) 1:06.24; 14, Samuel Wenzel (Elkhart Central) 1:06.72; 15, Hayden Ludlow (Elkhart Memorial) 1:07.82; 16, Phillip Phan (East Noble) 1:09.87.
100-YARD BREASTSTROKE — 1, Jesse Drake (Northridge) 1:03.85; 2, Liam O’Neill (Elkhart Central) 1:04.11; 3, Zac Hershberger (Wawasee) 1:04.62; 4, Andrew Hinds (Concord) 1:04.72; 5, Mason Germonprez (Wawasee) 1:05.63; 6, Philip Keller (Northridge) 1:06.04; 7, Austin King (Elkhart Memorial) 1:06.29; 8, Chayton Friesen (Northridge) 1:06.70; 9, Alex Brosh (Elkhart Central) 1:06.98; 10, Cameron Culp (Concord) 1:07.78; 11, Brian Vance (Elkhart Central) 1:08.88; 12, Tyler James (Goshen) 1:11.16; 13, !3, Austin Krizman (Wawasee) 1:12.15; 14, Jacob Snider (NorthWood) 1:12.29; 15, Seth Gillespie (DeKalb) 1:12.91; 16, Collin Wilson (East Noble) 1:13.58.
400-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY — 1, Northridge (Seth Cripe, Conner Sandt, Chayton Friesen, Tyler Matthews) 3:23.13; 2, Wawasee (Logan Brugh, Andrew Busse, Sebastian List, Zac Hershberger) 3:37.74; 3, Elkhart Central (Noah Snyder Agustus Johnson, Conner Flora, Erik Huang) 3:38.92; 4, Concord (Alexander Mark, Zachary Wright, Cameron Culp, Trent Chamness) 3:39.33; 5, Goshen (Kyle Butler, Noah Shreiner, Daniel Swihart, Ian Duell) 3:42.88; 6, Elkhart Memorial (Jory Rogers, Mitchell Troyer, Mitchel Howard, Tristen Singleton) 3:54.25; 7, Angola (Brady Thompson, jack Wagner, Karl Stadtmiller, Evan Watkins) 4:02.19; 8, East Noble (Reid McNamara, Collin Wilson, Phillip Phan, Matthew Lewis) 4:05.06; 9, DeKalb (Madison Burris, Nicholas Kumpfmiller, James Dillinger, Brycen Spangler) 4:07.07; 10, NorthWood (Nathaniel Blucker, Nolan McBride, Logan Berger, Mason Pippenger) 4:30.81.
Area swimmers prep for final push to IHSAA state meet
Adam Bratten is a happy, but kind of lonely young man.
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