In the 100 freestyle, Summer finished sixth in another school record time, :51.36. Another Carmel freshman, Veronica Burchi, took top honors in :50.29.
Brown owned the school records in both events going into the state finals, then lowered both marks in Friday’s prelims and again Saturday.
“It was a good season,” Summer reflected. “I don’t know if It could have been any better. I’m happy with my times. I’m happy with my teammates and coaches. It was great because last year I got fifth in the 200 free and this year to get second blows my mind.”
Summer is right on track to match her brother Teddy’s resume. He took fourth in the 200 free and second in the 500 free as a junior in the 2002 state meet before winning state titles in the 200 individual medley and 500 free as a senior, on his way to earning the Herman F. Keller Mental Attitude Award.
“Her brother made the trip down from Ann Arbor to see her swim. He’s been her idol since she was 7 or 8 years old, or maybe even younger,” Bennett said. “To look up to him and see him perform that well, and then to go out and do something like this in front of her family is really special. I’m really happy to be able to go down to state with her, and am honored to coach a girl with the high level of character that Summer has. Her family has a strong commitment to helping her be her best. I’m lucky as a coach to have a family like that to work with.”