BY TRIBUNE SPORTS STAFF
---- — NOBLESVILLE — Western sophomore Glen Brown will enter Saturday’s Noblesville Boys Swimming and Diving Sectional finals with the top seed in both the 200-yard freestyle and 500 freestyle after finishing with the top time in both events in Thursday’s preliminary round.
Brown posted the top time in the 200 free in 1:44.27, and returned to post the night’s best finish in the 500 free in 4:44.41. That 500 free time is below state-cut time (4:44.69), but Brown will have to repeat that performance in Saturday’s finals to earn the automatic passage to the state finals. He’s just over a quarter of a second off of state-cut time in the 200 free (1:43.99).
“He’s going to have to swim faster Saturday than he did [Thursday] night to maintain those,” Western coach Brad Bennett said. “He had two nice races, swimming really nice times. I think he had a little left in the tank, but so does his competition.”
Western advanced 20 of its 27 swims to Saturday’s finals. The top eight seeds in the preliminaries swim in the championship finals, the next eight swim in the consolation finals.
Josh Everetts will swim in the championship heat of the 500 free as the No. 8 seed after turning in a time of 5:27.88 Thursday.
The 200 and 400 free relay teams, made up of the same foursome of Asa Sheffer, Matt Duke, Connor Hill and Brown will both be seeded third.
Everetts was 14th in the 200 free, while Reggie Manuel followed in 16th. Duke was ninth in the 200 IM, while Josh Jansen was 12th and Jim Kelly 14th. Sheffer and Hill finished 10th and 15th respectively in the 50 free, while Duke and Jansen were 11th and 15th respectively in the 100 fly.
Sheffer added a 12th-place showing in the 100 free, while Hill followed in 16th. Adam Lyons was 12th in the 500 free, Kelly was 16th in the 100 backstroke, and Ted Martin took 16th in the 100 breast stroke.
“We accomplished what we set out to [Thursday] night and got a bunch of guys into Saturday,” Bennett said. “We had a pretty nice night across the board for everybody. We’re not really disappointed in the guys who didn’t get in. It wasn’t for lack of effort, training or desire on their part. But, we’re really pleased with the guys who did.”
Kokomo had all three relay teams, plus Jordan Bousum qualify for Saturday’s championship finals.
The Wildkats’ team of Adam Harding, Nathan Banush, Alex Whiteman and Caleb Cook placed eighth in the 200 medley relay (1:53.12). Kokomo was fifth in the 200 freestyle relay with a foursome of Cook, Bousom, Logan Hawk and Blake Brookshire in a time of 1:34.08, and the 400 freestyle relay team of Brookshire, Bousum, Banush and Hawk was sixth (3:34.50).
Bousum was fourth in the 50 freestyle with a time of :23.03.
“This is the most guys that we have had in the finals,” Kokomo coach Jay Glick said. “All three relays in the finals is a plus for us.”
Several other Kats qualified for the consolation finals. Brookshire was ninth (:23.32) in the 50 freestyle. Hawk took 10th (1:00.64) in the 100 backstroke. Banush was 11th (1:59.11) in the 200 freestyle, and Josh Church was 16th (5:51.86) in the 500 freestyle.
Kokomo had three qualify in the 100 breast stroke with Whiteman with a ninth-place finish (1:10.87), Colton Platt was 10th (1:11.54) and Jake Benzinger was 13th (1:12.18), and the Kats also scored three spots in the 200 individual medley consolation final with Hawk placing 10th (2:16.07), Benzinger 13th (2:23.69) and Adam Harding 16th (2:26.41).
Brookshire was 11th (:51.73), and Bousum was 13th (:52.44) in the 100 freestyle, and in the 100 butterfly, Banush was 14th (:59.14) and Cook was 16th (1:03.61).
Northwestern’s Gray Longshore will swim in the championship heat of two events, taking seventh in both the 200 free (1:49.68) and 100 free (:50.65). Brother Griffin Longshore earned a spot in the championship heat of the 100 butterfly after taking eighth (:55.81).
Griffin Longshore, Anthony Catt, Drew Harris and Will Harris finished sixth in the 200 medley relay. Longshore, Longshore, Kyle Miller and Joel Austin finished fifth in the 400 free relay, while the Longshores teamed with Austin and Will Harris to finish seventh in the 200 free relay.
Miller was ninth in the 200 free andd 500 free. Austin finished 13th in the 50 freestyle, while Will Harris followed in 16th. Austin added a 14th-place showing in the 100 free. Catt took 13th in the 100 backstroke, while Will Devaul followed in 14th.
Eastern’s Shawn Tokarcik finished 11th in the 100 backstroke.