Abundance of area swimmers at state tourney

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Heritage Hills’ Andrew Sadler, left, Samuel Pinckert and Gavin Fuchs are three of seven area swimmers who will be competing at the IHSAA State Swim and Dive Finals at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis this weekend. Fellow Patriots Sam Martin and Austin Schnuck and Jasper swimmers Max Henke and Jason Fleck will also be heading to Indy.

From Herald Staff Reports

Seven members from the Jasper and Heritage Hills boys swim teams will be heading to the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis tonight for the preliminary round of the IHSAA State Swimming and Diving Finals.

Max Henke and Jason Fleck were Jasper’s two state finals qualifiers while Heritage Hills will send the relay team of Sam Martin, Samuel Pinckert, Andrew Sadler and Gavin Fuchs along with diver Austin Schnuck.

Henke qualified after finishing first in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:00.07 as he raced past the competition with the second place finisher finishing with a time of 2:01.54.

A late push almost sent Henke to the state finals in a second event as well but he just fell short to Gavin Fuchs of Heritage Hills as Fuchs won with a time of 4:52.16 while Henke finished with a time of 4:52.20.

Fleck qualified for state after dominating in the 100 butterfly with a time of 51.88 which broke the Jasper school record which was previously held by — you guessed it — Jason Fleck. The second place finisher finished with a time of 55.29.

Max Henke will join Jasper teammate Jason Fleck as the Wildcats’ representatives at the IHSAA State Swim and Dive Finals in Indianapolis this weekend.

Just like Henke, Fleck also nearly advanced in a second event but was narrowly defeated by Pike Central’s Jacob Bohnert who finished with a time of 1:47.08 compared to Fleck’s 1:47.79.

For Heritage Hills, the Patriots will send their 400 freestyle relay team of Martin, Pinckert, Sadler and Fuchs who won the event with a time of 3:15.47 just narrowly defeating Jasper’s relay team of Nolan Henke, Max Henke, Grant Hawkins and Fleck with a time of 3:16.31. The 400 freestyle relay team’s victory also clinched Heritage Hills first boys swimming sectional championship in school history.

In addition to the relay team advancing to the state tournament, Fuchs will also compete in the 500 freestyle after narrowly defeating Max Henke with a time of 4:52.16.

Diver Austin Schnuck qualified for the regional diving tournament at Bloomington South with a score of 441.05 which placed him second overall.

At the regional, Schnuck had to place in the top eight in order to advance to the state finals and passed that mark with flying colors. His fifth place finish with a score of 391.40 sent him to the state finals where diving preliminaries will begin at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

The swimming preliminaries will be held tonight at 6 p.m. with the semifinals at 9 a.m. tomorrow and finals at 1 p.m. for both swimming and diving.

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