Wilson Beckman knew he had a lot left in the tank after an impressive performance in Saturday's Munster Sectional.
Beckman followed up wins in the 100-yard freestyle and 100 back with strong finishes in Friday's state meet preliminaries in Indianapolis.
Going up against Chesterton's Aaron Whitaker -- who holds the state record in the backstroke (47.29) -- Beckman knocked nearly a second off his sectional time of 50.17 with a 49.2-second swim, leaving him as the No. 2 seed for today's state finals.
"That was a really great swim," Beckman said. "It was probably my best of the night. I came in with the confidence I never really had during the season. I think I can drop more (time) tomorrow."
Beckman also captured the No. 5 seed for the finals in the 100 free, finishing in 46.12.
Beckman's teammate Joey Gardner will be back today in the championship heat of the 100 breast, earning the No. 6 seed after finishing in 56.06 seconds. Gardner also finished 10th in the 200 individual medley (1:52.45) and will return in the consolation heat. Gardner hopes to break Joe Wulf's breaststroke team record of 55.85 seconds in the finals.
"I didn't do as well as I had planned (in the IM)," Gardner said. "In the 100 breast, I blew away my expectations. I just wanted to beat my time, and I dropped more than I thought I would."
Munster's 200 medley relay will be in the consolation heat after finishing ninth (1:36.13). The Seahorses' 400 free relay finished 16th (3:12.92) and will compete in the consolation heat.
Munster coach Matt Pavlovich was pleased with the swims overall.
"They were good swims," he said. "Our relays did really well at sectionals, so we knew it was going to be a bit of a challenge to repeat those times."
No other Lake County swimmer or relay team will compete in championship heats. Crown Point's 200 medley relay finished 15th (1:37.64). Andrew Kvachkoff was 12th in the 100 breast (57.02).
Lake Central's Connor Homans will return for consolation heat competition in the 50 free (11th, 21.36) and 100 free (16th, 47.33).