It was an exceptional night for Crown Point at the preliminaries of the state swimming and diving finals Friday at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.
C.P. will have swimmers in six events and all three relays in finals with another three in consolations. Freshman Hannah Kukurugya led the way with a first in the 500 free and a second in the 200 free, while the 400 free relay of Rachael Bukowski, Aly Tetzloff, Kukurugya and Mackenzie Artim took second.
“The girls will go out and swim for some medals (today), and hopefully they can come home with some rings,” Crown Point coach Bryon Angerman said. “We set six school records.”
The top eight will vie for the state championship honors today, while those finishing nine through 16 will compete in the consolations. The diving prelims and semis begin at 8 a.m., and the finals for all events start at noon.
Munster also had a good night and advanced four swims and two relays to the finals and one in the consolations, while Lake Central got two swims and a relay on to the consolations.
“We were real happy,” said Munster coach Matt Pavlovich, whose team set five school records. “We’re real excited to see how well they can do.”
Kukurugya turned in a 4:51.76 in the 500 free, while Munster’s Nikki Smith was fifth.
In the 200 free, Kukurugya was second, and C.P.’s 200 medley relay of Tetzloff, Kelsi Artim, Kukurugya and Bukowski placed second. Tetzloff was second in the 200 IM and fourth in the 100 fly.
Munster’s Smith was second in the 100 fly, while Mary Beth Blocher advanced to the finals in both the 50 free and 100 free. She placed eighth in each to advance. Allison Cunningham finished 16th in the 200 free to advance.
“It was a real fast meet,” Pavlovich said. “The top two places in the 50 broke the state record. That’s a sign of how tough it is and the type of competition.”
C.P.’s Bukowski was 10th and L.C.’s Holly Spears was 12th in the 50 to get to the consolations. Spears placed ninth and C.P.’s Mackenzie Artim was 14th in the 100 free.
Blocher also helped Munster’s 200 free relay place fourth with Megan Wimmer, Cunningham and Smith. C.P. was seventh in the event with Bukowski, Kelsi Artim, MacKenzie Artim and Holly Schuster.
L.C’s 200 free relay of Victoria Springman, Spears, Jessica Lopez and Tracilyn Muszalski took 10th to advance to the consolations, while Springman, Muszalski, Hailey Garlich and Spears took 13th in the 400 free relay to move on.
“We swam well,” L.C. coach Todd Smolinski said. “We were hoping a few others would’ve fallen our way. It’s a chance where you get the opportunity to score some points in the events and finish as high as you can.”
Munster’s 400 free relay of Cunningham, Smith, Wimmer and Blocher was seventh.
Highland’s Jackie Smailis placed 13th in the 100 back to advance to the consolations.
“We’re really excited to have an opportunity to swim even faster (Saturday),” Highland coach Ryan Harrington said.