INDIANAPOLIS | Crown Point accomplished its goal -- a second-place finish Saturday at the Girls Swimming and Diving State Finals at the IU Natatorium at IUPUI.
Junior Aly Tetzloff in the 100 fly and Hannah Kukurugya in the 500 free were crowned state champions in the process.
“It’s the best feeling,” said Kukurugya, just a freshman.
After finishing sixth last year, C.P. set a goal to finish second in the state this season, knowing what swimmers it had coming back and its incoming freshmen.
“To come down here and achieve a goal of second -- in our mind -- it’s like wining a state championship,” coach Bryon Angerman said. “And we did it with just six swimmers. We only had six athletes that were actually participating today.”
Tetzloff set a state record in the 100 fly in 52.70 -- the fourth-fastest time in the history of high school girls swimming.
“My legs, everything felt good,” Tetzloff said. “I think that’s what you need to feel in swimming.
“In the fourth 25, I knew, it looked like I was ahead so ‘Let’s just take it to them.’ I tried to go fast. I don’t know if I really did.”
After finishing second in the 200 IM, Tetzloff swam the race of her young life to win the 100 fly.
“That was amazing,” said Angerman, adding Tetzloff has the talent and desire to be a state champion.
“As a coach you can put limits on a swimmer. Between her and Hannah Kukurugya, I will never put a limit on their abilities.”
Carmel won its 28th consecutive state title with 399 points, while C.P. overcame Fishers in the final two events to finish state runner-up with 209 points. Fishers finished third with 203.
Chesterton was sixth (133.5), Munster ninth (99) and Lake Central 17th (36).
Kukurugya, who also placed second in the 200 free, just wanted to get ahead of the pack in the 500 free.
“I wanted to be really focused on my race and give it my all, and that’s exactly what I did,” she said.
Also contributing to C.P.’s high finish were the 400 free relay and 200 medley relays that placed second, while the 200 free relay took eighth.
Kelsi Artim was sixth in the 100 breast and Holly Schuster seventh to give C.P. a two-point lead over Fishers with one event left. Rachael Bukowski was ninth in the 50 free.
“In the pool when I was cooling down, I had to look up at (the board at) least five times,” Tetzloff said. “I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, that’s me.’ It was crazy.”