Photo by Lori PoteetThe Crawfordsville boys’ swimming team won the sectional title in their home pool on Saturday.
Photo by Lori Poteet

The Crawfordsville boys’ swimming team won the sectional title in their home pool on Saturday.
The excitement was palpable Saturday at the Crawfordsville Aquatic Center. The host Athenians were capturing the sectional swimming title and with each event it became more and more of a sure thing.

Crawfordsville ended up swimming away with the meet, gathering 401 points, greatly out-distancing second-place Western Boone (307) and third-place Twin Lakes (302.

"Crawfordsville has a rich tradition of sectional championships. We have re-focused ourselves and had two years to re-evaluate what it means," Crawfordsville head coach Kevin Hedrick said. "Not one of these guys has been on a sectional champion swimming team. We're really excited to be able to do this and have such good swims."

There was even more energy pumped into the building when the swimmers touched the final wall in the 100-yard breaststroke. Crawfordsville's Thomas Fairfield claimed the sectional championship, breaking a minute. He finished in 59.59, his fastest time of the year.

"Thomas has been geared up for that race since last year," Hedrick said. "We were encouraged at conference when he was at 1:00."

Joining Fairfield as a sectional champion for Crawfordsville was diver Caleb Whicker.

Whicker was 10 points off the sectional record in diving.

"That's a really huge deal for us. We're really excited for Caleb to go," Hedrick said.

"I just need to execute on all my dives. Straight legs, straight arms, riding the board . . . just everything we do in practice," Whicker said regarding what he needed to do well at the Plainfield regional on Tuesday to be in the top eight and advance to state.

Whicker won the event with a score of 433.10. Austin Odom-Whitlock also advanced to the diving regional for North Montgomery.

"We had some guys who were shaved and tapered for Thursday and came back and shaved time today," Hedrick said.

Hedrick credited the team's depth for the win.

"I can't say enough about that freshman class," he said. "We're going to hopefully maintain that depth."

North Montgomery finished fourth with 276 points.

Their 200-yard freestyle relay team of Luke Spencer, Javan Barton, Jeffrey Miller and Gus Maxwell broke the school record to win the sectional in 1:31.50. They narrowly beat Crawfordsville's time of 1:31.81.

Southmont finished in sixth with 175 points.

"We were 10th last year and this year we ended up sixth. We had a lot of good races and still dropped a lot of time since Thursday," Southmont co-coach Ian Line said.

"We have a great bunch of boys that have bought into our philosophy since day-one and have never quite," co-coach Buck Waddell added.

When asked if they could put a stamp of 'success' on this year's season, Waddell answered "Absolutely. There's no other stamp we would put on it."

Additionally, Hedrick was voted as the sectional Coach of the Year by his peers.

"That's a real honor for the coaches to vote that way. I take that very seriously and very humbly," Hedrick said. "The coaching staff is grateful to our boys and how they stuck together and worked."

The divers will head to Plainfield on Tuesday. Fairfield will swim at the state prelims at IUPUI on Friday.