HIGHLAND — Friday afternoon’s Highland Invite was a brief respite for some area teams from rigorous two-a-day practices during the Christmas break.
Times No. 2 Munster showed its workouts are paying off and displayed its depth, swimming to the title with 347.5 points to hold off an early charge by South Bend Riley.
Riley finished with 285 points, while Crown Point was third (157) and Valparaiso fourth (150.5).
“We’re trying to work hard right now,” Munster sophomore Holden Raffin said. “We’re going to start beefing up the yardage.”
Raffin won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 backstroke, while Kyle Adams won the 100 breaststroke and took second in the 50 freestyle. Adams said he’s been swimming at least 6,000 yards everyday.
“I’m surprised that we’re still going this fast with no taper or no rest,” he said.
Grant Afman won the 100 butterfly, and the Seahorses won the 400 free and 200 medley relays.
“I’m really pleased overall,” Munster coach Mat Pavlovich said. “Some positive things going on. Our top guys I thought swam pretty well. Holden’s been sick a little bit so he wasn’t 100 percent at full strength. For being pretty sick, I thought he had some really good swims.”
Raffin said he had the flu Wednesday, and his mom got him motivated.
“She was telling me (about Oklahoma quarterback) Baker Mayfield (and) how he was playing through the flu in the college football playoffs, so I was using that as motivation (Friday),” he said. “And we’re (Ohio State) Buckeye fans, so.”
Munster’s depth showed up and down the board. It didn’t win the 100 free but still scored 30 points as Jake Hemingway was fourth, Joey Baeza fifth and Tony Bohling sixth.
“Some of our midrange kids on our team had some good swims, too,” Pavlovich said. “The depth came through. We had a well-rounded meet with the top guys, and our second and third guys in events I thought swam well in a lot of spots as well.”
Evan Holland won the 500 free for Crown Point in a season-best time of 4 minutes, 50.95 seconds and placed third in the 200 free. Christian Mikrut took second in both the 200 IM and 100 fly.
“The rest of the younger kids swam pretty flat (Friday), but everybody is tired coming out of Christmas,” C.P. coach Bryon Angerman said. “For these guys to step up put forth an effort on a Friday after a hard week of training, it was a good day for us.”
Highland’s Ethan Churilla was a double winner, taking the 50 free and 100 free.
“It was good to see the whole team come out and compete so well after a couple days of hard practicing and no rest,” he said. “I’m pretty pleased with my times and everybody else’s. It’s a good measurement to see how we’ve come along in the past couple days of practice.”
Jack Schwartz won diving to pace Valpo, while Ryan Hrosik tied for second in the 50 free and took third in the 100 fly.
Riley Ingram took second in the 100 free for Lake Central.