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Olympian Swimming: H2O's @ IHSAA Sectional Finals

Records fall as Olympians send swimmers to state

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Columbus East sent boys swimming records flying off the boards in Saturday’s North Sectional.

The Olympians set three school records, a night after tying another school mark.

East sophomore Brady Beyer qualified for next weekend’s state finals in two individual events. More qualifiers are possible through call-backs, although those won’t be finalized until Tuesday since the Castle Sectional finals were pushed back to Monday night.

 

Columbus East-s Mason Curry competes in the 200-yard individual medley in the Columbus North boys swimming sectional finals, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. Paige Grider for The Republic

 

Columbus East's Mason Curry competes in the 100-yard butterfly in the Columbus North boys swimming sectional finals, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. Paige Grider for The Republic

Columbus East's Brady Beyer swims the 500-yard freestyle in the Columbus North boys swimming sectional finals, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. Paige Grider for The Republic

 
 

Columbus East's Dathan Wolf prepares for the 100- yard backstroke in the Columbus North boys swimming sectional finals, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. Paige Grider for The Republic

Columbus East's Dathan Wolf swims the 100-yard backstroke in the Columbus North boys swimming sectional finals, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. Paige Grider for The Republic

 
 

Columbus East's Dathan Wolf approaches the finish of the 100-yard backstroke in the Columbus North boys swimming sectional finals, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. Paige Grider for The Republic

 

Columbus East's Brady Beyer swims the 100-yard breaststroke in the Columbus North boys swimming sectional finals, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. Paige Grider for The Republic

Columbus East's Brady Beyer celebrates winning the 100'yard breaststroke with a time of 57.69 seconds in the Columbus North boys swimming sectional finals, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. Paige Grider for The Republic

Columbus East's Brady Beyer celebrates winning the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 57.69 seconds in the Columbus North boys swimming sectional finals, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. Paige Grider for The Republic

 

Bloomington North won the team title with 425 points. The Bull Frogs edged East Central 367-349 for second, followed by Bloomington South (264) and Columbus East (236).

For the Olympians, Beyer set school records in winning the 500 freestyle (4:40.38) and 100 breaststroke (57.69).

“I was happy with it,” Beyer said. “I haven’t dropped for a long time in my 500, so I was kind of due for a good drop there. The 100 breast, I knew I had a race in me, so I just went out with that kid (Bloomington North’s Jeremiah Boshears) and tried to come home harder, and that’s what happened.”

Dathan Wolf, Beyer, Mason Curry and Chad Kelly set a school record in finishing fourth in the 200 medley relay in 1:39.03. Kelly tied the school record with a 22.32 in the 50 freestyle in Friday’s preliminaries, but was one-one hundreth of a second slower Saturday and finished fourth.

Curry finished second in the 100 butterfly (54.07). East was third in the 400 freestyle relay (3:20.22).

Beyer is the first Olympians swimmer to qualify for state since Kenny Crapse in 2008.

“That’s huge for us,” East coach Doug Trueblood said. “We’re trying to build the program and start to compete. That’s what our goal is. We have some bright young swimmers coming up.”


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