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Capital Aquatics makes record showing at state

Capital Aquatics makes record showing at state
Capital Aquatics makes record showing at state
Cam Lasley of Capital Aquatics takes part in the 200-meter butterfly at the USA Swimming Summer State Finals in Indianapolis over the weekend. Lasley finished third in the event to lead Capital Aquatics to a program-record 23rd-place finish out of 115 teams. Submitted photo
By Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]

Despite only being in its third year of existence, the Capital Aquatics swim team continued to build success.

Traveling to Indianapolis during the past weekend, Capital Aquatics was just one of more than 100 teams from throughout the state to take part in the annual USA Swimming Summer State Finals at the Natatorium on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

An octet of swimmers — Eli Robbeloth, Eli Coomer, Jack Hildreth, Isaac Mikel, Miles Elrod, Malachi Mikel, Cam Lasley and Brecke Wolfe — represented Capital Aquatics at the state meet. While going up against a number of teams, including some Indianapolis programs that field hundreds of swimmers, the eight swimmers led Capital Aquatics to a program-best 23rd-place finish out of 115 teams. Their previous best at a state meet was when they finished 32nd a year ago.

“We had a really great meet (because) our team finished in its highest position at a state championship meet since the club was founded in 2019,” Capital Aquatics head coach Mike Woertz said. “Many of those teams, especially in the Indianapolis area, have 300, 400 or even 500 swimmers, so this is quite an accomplishment for us, a team that rosters about 80 and has only been around for three years.”

Wolfe had the lone performance for Capital Aquatics among female swimmers, scoring 21 points in six events, including medaling in the 200-meter butterfly in the girls’ 11-12 division. Lasley followed in the boys’ 11-12 division, leading the team with 27 points, including a third-place finish in the 200-meter butterfly.

Capital Aquatics also fielded teams in three relays as the quartet of Robbeloth, Elrod, Coomer and Hildreth medaled in both the 200- and 400-meter relays. Robbeloth, Coomer and Hildreth also teamed up with Mikel to medal in the 400-meter medley relay.

While not scoring the most points individually, Hildreth had one of Capital Aquatics’ top performances as he placed high enough in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle and the 100-meter butterfly to qualify for the Central Zone National Championships. Hildreth will represent Team Indiana at the event, which includes swimmers from 15 other states.

The Central Zone National Championships will take place Aug. 4 through 7, with two host cities, Elkhart and Minneapolis.