CARMEL — For the fourth straight year, Summer Brown is headed to the girls swimming state finals in multiple events.
The Western senior and Vanderbilt recruit punched a pair of tickets Saturday in the Carmel Sectional. She earned sectional-champion honors in the 200-yard freestyle and placed third in the 500 free, making the state cut in the latter for the state meet next weekend at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.
“Her work ethic is second to none,” Western coach Brad Bennett said. “She’s focused on her goals and goes after achieving them year-round. She does a great job of goal-setting in a way that culminates in this month. I’m just very lucky as a coach to be able to coach someone like Summer.”
Brown took top honors in the 200 free in 1:51.81, ahead of defending state champion Claire Adams of Carmel. Adams edged Brown in the state finals a season ago.
The top four swimmers in Saturday’s 200 free final were in a dead heat at the last turn, but Brown was able to out-swim the field for the top spot on the podium.
“It was a good race against the defending state champion in Claire Adams,” Bennett said. “Hopefully it was a good preview of what we’re going to see Friday and Saturday [at state]. But we plan on doing our best regardless of what anyone else does, continuing to improve.”
Brown broke her own school record in placing third in the 500 free in 5:00.43. The record had stood since she swam a 5:05.23 in the state finals as a freshman.
“Placing higher would’ve been nice, but you can’t ask for anything more than a five-second drop from your best time,” Bennett said. “So it was a great swim, really smooth. She really set herself up for some success next weekend.”