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CC’s Crain swims back to state

CC’s Crain swims back to state
CC’s Crain swims back to state
Photo submitted by Matt Hamblen. Corydon Central senior Hunter Crain flexes as he stands atop the podium after winning the 100-yard butterfly during Saturday’s sectional finals at Jasper. By winning the event in a school-record 51.68, Crain secured a spot in this weekend’s state finals.
By Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]

A crowd was on hand at the Jasper Natatorium on Saturday as the Indiana High School Athletic Association sectional finals took place for boys’ swimming.

Of the 13 high schools represented in this meet, the North Harrison Cougars were among the best teams as they finished tied with Tell City for fourth place with a combined 159 points. Individually, the best local performance belonged to Corydon Central senior Hunter Crain.

After winning the 100-yard butterfly in the preliminaries just two days earlier with a time of 53.88, Crain pushed himself to another trip to this weekend’s state finals by winning the event with a school record time of 51.68. He also finished strong in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing second in the event with a time of 54.46.

The Panthers also had a decent day from freshman Booker LaHue, who finished 12th in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.09.
The Cougars’ strong sectional finals came in part due to finishes in the relay races, finishing third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:37.25), fourth in the 400-yard freestyle (3:45.58) and seventh in the 200-yard medley (1:58.68). Individually, the top performance came courtesy of senior Cody Vernon, who finished fourth in the 100-yard (50.25) and fifth in the 50-yard freestyle (22.35).

Cougars’ senior Elliot Pappano was the only other swimmer to finish in the top eight of an event, finishing seventh in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:01.32.

Team Scores: 1. Jasper 470, 2. Bedford North Lawrence 440, 3. Heritage Hills 205, 4. Tell City 159, 4. North Harrison 159, 6. Forest Park 142, 7. Pike Central 132, 8. Tecumseh 92, 8. Northeast Dubois 92, 10. South Knox 86, 11. Vincennes Lincoln 70, 12. South Spencer 45, 13. Corydon Central 42.