Jasper swimmers cap season

From Herald Staff Reports

Jasper’s boys swim team qualified one of its largest contingents in years for the state finals. And Friday night, the group of Wildcats both sampled a taste of the state finals atmosphere and discovered how swift the competition is.

All of the Wildcat swimmers ended their seasons after the preliminary round at the IUPUI Natatorium. The top 16 finishers in each event move on to today’s consolation and finals. Jasper still has one representative remaining in the conclusion of the state finals today, as Austin Young will compete in the prelims of the diving competition.

Five state records were established in a speedy day of the swim prelims, as Jasper’s Jackson Beckman grabbed his team’s top finish of the night. Beckman churned through the 50-yard freestyle in 22.19, finishing in a three-way tie for 25th place.

Cole Erny, another Wildcat senior along with Beckman, finished his career by clearing the five-minute mark in the 500 free (4:59.53), good for 30th place. Mitch Mehringer was 31st in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.06).

Jasper finished 32nd in five events, including two of three relays. Alec Vennekotter, Mehringer, Ben Nolan and Beckman completed the 200 medley relay in 1:43.53, and Beckman, Matt Head, Nolan and Erny joined for a time of 3:25.76 in the 400 free relay. In the 200 free relay, Jasper clocked a time of 1:32.32 with Vennekotter, Erny, Head and Mehringer.

Also tucking away 32nd-place finishes were Erny in the 200 free (1:49.39), Beckman in the 100 free (49.41) and Vennekotter in the 100 backstroke (59.90). Nolan picked up 35th in the 100 butterfly in 56.36.

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