CROWN POINT | Crown Point didn’t want to leave the festive pool deck -- six years is a long time.
No. 1 Crown Point wrapped up its first sectional title since 2008 in dramatic fashion Saturday, dethroning five-time defending champion Munster 489-477.
“Amazing” said senior Holly Schuster, who qualified for state in the 100 fly and played a key role with her second in the 100 breast. “We worked toward this our whole season. All four years we’ve wanted this, and finally my last year, we got this.”
Entering the 100 breast, the 10th event, No. 3 Munster led CP by seven points. CP swam to its seeds, as Kelsi Artim and Schuster finished 1-2 and Alex St. Amour took fifth to put the hosts up by six points with just the 400 free relay left.
“We knew we could hold our seeds, and we knew Alex could pull through and get us more points today,” Schuster said.
CP led 449-443 after the 100 breast and won the 400 free to wrap up the coveted title.
“The girls had a goal at the beginning of the year. They wanted to be undefeated in dual meets, they were. They wanted to win sectionals, and they did,” coach Bryon Angerman said.
“Now, the goal is to be in the top three at the state meet. At this point now, I’d like to not wait (six) years to win the next sectional title.”
Munster coach Matt Pavlovich knew going in that Crown Point was going to be tough to beat.
“I can’t get over how well our girls did today,” he said. “They really fought. They have a lot to be proud of. They really responded through a lot of adversity today, and they swam like sectional champions today.”
The Seahorses showed their mettle as Allison Cunningham (200 free), Mary Beth Blocher (50 free, 100 free), Nikki Smith (100 fly, 500 free) all made the state cut. The 200 free relay won to advance, while the 400 free relay made the state standard as well.
“Every pool record is gone except for the 100 back,” Angerman said.
Lake Central’s Holly Spears won the 50 and 100 free to advance, Abigail Prince won the diving title, while its 200 free and 400 free relays made the state cut.
Tracilyn Muszalski will also make the trip to Indy in the 200 IM and 500 free.
Highland’s Jackie Smailis won the 100 back to advance to state. K.V.’s Madison Babicka fell short of her goal to qualify in the 50 free but set school records in the 50 and 100 free and as part of the 200 and 400 free relays.
But it was Crown Point’s day, as freshman phenom Hannah Kukurugya won the 200 and 500 free in stunning fashion, while Aly Tetzloff took the 200 IM and 100 fly and all three relays advanced to state.
“Munster put in a good fight,” Tetzloff said. "Everyone did really good actually.”