By JIM HOPKINS
PORTLAND—Muncie Central swept eight of the 12 events in the finals of the IHSAA boys swimming sectional Saturday at Jay County High School to easily outdistance second place Bellmont by a 335-232 count.
Delta and South Adams followed in the team score with 193 and 155 followed by Bluffton 128, Norwell 96, Jay County 93, Muncie Southside 52, Adams Central 49, and Blackford 37.
Bellmont won the 200 freestyle relay and the 100 freestyle race to send representatives in those events to the state finals this Friday and Saturday in Indianapolis at the IUPUI Natatorium.
"We broke four school records, won two events and had a swimmer make the state cut. Not to shabby of a sectional. The team also had about 40 personal best swims during the meet," analyzed Bellmont coach Drew Norby, who in a vote of sectional coaches was named "Coach of the Year" at the Jay County tournament.
Anchor Zac Torrey held on to the Bellmont lead in the 200 freestyle relay and he will join teammates Jay Watters, Austin McCord, and Matt Mock in Indianapolis this weekend. The foursome nudged out the Muncie Central team by a 1:31.94 to 1:32.11 clocking for the victory.
Norby noted that with about six yards remaining in the 200 freestyle relay the race was a toss-up and credited a strong kick by Torrey at the end to win. The 1:31.94 was a new Bellmont school record.
Watters beat the field in the 100 freestyle with a time of :49.02 which was a new school record. His effort beat Neal Fennig of Jay County whose time was :49.94. Watters sliced 1.7 seconds off his first place time in Friday nights preliminary round and had he recorded the same time as he did Friday, he would have placed fourth overall in the finals.
Fennig won the 200 freestyle event for the only Jay County victory of the night at 1:49.36, over a three second improvement from Friday.
The best scoring event of the day for the Braves was the 100 freestyle as Torrey was a solid third at :50.62 and McCord earned an eighth place ribbon for 33 team points. They added 27 points in the 200 IM with Michael Miller second at 2:11.53, Mason Werling in fifth and Trey Schisler in ninth in addition.
Miller scored 25 individual team points for Bellmont as he secured third place in the 500 freestyle as well. Bellmont had two other swimmers that scored in the 500 freestyle in addition to Miller with Mock fourth in the championship round and Adam Ralston getting 11th in the consolation for 25 points.
Watters came into the 50 freestyle event Saturday after winning Friday's prelim event but Muncie Central's Timothy Miller nosed him out on Saturday by a :21.69 to :21.73 time. Watters set a new school standard on Friday in addition to beating the state cut time.
Adams Central managed one top-six finish in the championship round with Dylan Krueger in sixth place in the 100 breaststroke.
In the consolation round, Bellmont took one seventh, two eighths, one ninth, one tenth, two 11ths, and one 12th; South Adams had two sevenths, two eighths, three ninths, two tenths, three 11ths, and two 12ths; and Adams Central earned three eighths, one ninth, and two tenths.