Local swimmers bow out after preliminary round

From Herald Staff Reports

Local swimmers are accustomed to encountering a swift field at the state finals. This year’s first day of the state meet at the IUPUI Natatorium may have been as fast as it’s ever been.

Carmel swimmers toppled five state records in Friday’s preliminaries in Indianapolis, and swimmers from Jasper and Southridge ended their seasons and experienced just one day of the two-day finals. The top 16 in each event advanced to today’s consolation and final rounds.

Emma Hopf logged the best finish by an area swimmer, as the Jasper freshman grabbed 21st place in the 50-yard freestyle. Hopf swam a 24.39 in that event and finished the 100 free in 54.37 for a 31st-place effort. Carmel’s Amy Bilquist established state records in both those events, blazing to the top effort in the 50 (22.15) and 100 (49.06).

Local swimmers were represented in 10 swimming events at Friday’s preliminaries and just one was able to improve on the seed time from last week’s sectional. Jasper’s Payton Painter knocked off nearly two-tenths of a second from her sectional time to finish the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.78 for 31st place.

Jasper’s other individual representative, Cady Mehringer, grabbed 29th in the 200 individual medley, notching a finish of 2:15.57.

Southridge senior Sydney Barrett capped her career by improving on a 32nd-place effort in the 200 free for a 27th-place result shortly later in the 500 free. Barrett clocked 2:02.74 and 5:24.60, respectively, in the events.

Barrett’s Raider teammate, junior Taylor Miles, finished the 100 butterfly in 1:00.14 for 32nd place.

Jasper also sent all three of its relay groups to the finals, finishing 29th in two of them. Addison Nolan, Painter, Olivia Krodel and Hopf churned to 1:55.39 in the 200 medley relay, and Hopf, Claire Egler, Mehringer and Alissa Haas hit the wall in 1:43.65 in the 200 free relay.

Jasper’s other relay group took 32nd in the 400 free; Mehringer, Egler, Rachel Louviere and Haas notched a time of 3:52.94.

Carmel’s other three records came via Claire Adams in the 200 free (1:46.96) and 100 backstroke (53.38) as well as the Greyhounds’ leadoff 200 medley relay group (1:41.17).

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