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Crain’s season ends with state swim preliminaries

Crain’s season ends with state swim preliminaries
Crain’s season ends with state swim preliminaries
Corydon Central’s Hunter Crain appears relaxed during warm-up prior to competing Friday night in the preliminary round of the Indiana High School Athletic Association state swim finals at the I.U. Natatorium in Indianapolis. Photo by Matt Hamblen
Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]

Harrison County’s lone boy swimmer to compete in the Indiana High School Athletic Association state finals saw his season end after Friday night’s preliminary heats.

Hunter Crain, a junior at Corydon Central High School, advanced from the Jasper sectional after placing first in both the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, his only two events at sectional.

“Hunter knew what he was going up against with schools from the north,” said Matt Hamblen, swim coach at CCHS. “They swim much faster times across the board. You have to be so prepared in all facets of the game to compete. If you don’t succeed in one, put it away and get yourself ready for the next one.”

Crain’s times at sectional — 53.08 in the 100 fly and 55.28 in the 100 backstroke — were new school records. During Friday night’s prelims, at the I.U. Natatorium in Indianapolis, he shaved off a few seconds in the butterfly, swimming it in 52.59 seconds.

“Unfortunately, it did not put him into the top 16 for finals” on Saturday, Hamblen said.

Crain’s backstroke was not as good, as his time went up, to 57.96 seconds, from sectional.

“I believe his lack of making the finals in the fly affected his thinking in the backstroke,” Hamblen said.

The coach called making it to state swim finals an “eye-opening experience.”

“You come off a great sectional, ready to compete at the state level, and you get drummed in the preliminaries,” he said. “You almost have to be prepared for the unexpected. If not, you will be very disappointed.”

Crain told his coach he plans to swim next season and win state.

“I believe he can do anything he wants,” Hamblen said of the junior. “But, you have to start today, not October. Make changes; get stronger.

“Hunter is that type of athlete,” he said. “He will work for what he wants.”