HIGHLAND | Midweek, Crown Point girls swimming coach Bryon Angerman described his team as "lethargic, kind of in hibernation."
Snowstorms led to two days of school cancellations and three off days for the Bulldogs, but Times No. 1 Crown Point appeared to break out of their slumber at Saturday's Highland Invitational.
The Bulldogs won 10 events, breaking four pool records and tying another, steamrolling to the team crown with 439.5 points.
"You get in that lull, but we started doing sprints and training hard (when practices resumed)," said Angerman, whose team won nine events last season but finished third overall. "We've really expanded our depth.
"We missed a few other records by tenths of a second, and we might have reached them with a full week of practice."
Freshman Hannah Kukurugya kicked off the record-breaking day by winning the 200-yard free in 1:50.8. Later on, she broke the pool record in the 500 free with a 5:00.6.
"She's probably the hardest worker in my 20 years of coaching," Angerman said of Kukurugya. "Our goal was 1:49, and she's already at 1:50."
Kukurugya attributed her performance to her mental approach.
"You definitely don't want to miss practices, but a lot of this has to do with a proper mindset," she said. "You don't let it get to you and you stay positive."
Aly Tetzloff broke her own pool record with a 54.45 in the 100 fly, and she also won the 100 back. Rachael Bukowski tied the pool record in the 100 free (52.72), and she repeated in the 50 free.
Bukowski and Tezloff combined with Kelsi and MacKenzie Artim to set a pool record in the 200 free relay (1:36.53).
Munster finished second with 363, led by Nikki Smith's pool record in the 200 IM (2:07.62).
"She's faster than she was at this time last year," Munster coach Matt Pavlovich said of Smith. "That was a good swim for her right now."
Defending-champion Lake Central placed third with 293.5. Kallie Higgins led a 1-2-3 sweep in diving, winning the event with 359.15 points.