When Munster junior Wilson Beckman was in middle school, he always looked up to the 2009 and 2010 Seahorses boys swimming teams.
Those teams were state runners-up, and included top swimmers Kevin Behrens, Dillon Thompson and Joe Wulf.
"It was cool just to see small-town Munster make a name in the state meet," Beckman said. "We've always been a small town, but we make a big name for ourselves in the state meet."
After that class graduated, it was time for Munster to bring in a new group of talented swimmers.
Fast forward four years, and the Seahorses are poised to have another strong showing at state.
That's largely due to Beckman, who is seeded second in the 100 back (50.17) and seventh in the 100 free (46.43), while the 200 medley relay is fourth (1:34.32) and the 400 free relay is 13th (3:11.18).
"I think I'm seeded second with a bunch of different guys," Beckman said of the parity in the 100 back. "It's going to be a really competitive race for second. Individually, I just want to drop more time. I think about just improving that."
Beckman said his biggest improvement from his sophomore year to now has been his leg kick, which he described as simply being bad last season. He worked on it over the summer, improved it and his times in the backstroke have dropped.
Munster coach Matt Pavlovich said he thinks Beckman still has a lot left to give. Beckman wasn't shaved during the Munster Sectional when he posted his seed times, so time drops are expected.
"He's happy, and it's good to see him happy because he has high expectations of himself," Pavlovich said. "He's always looking for that little extra something to always make himself better. He's the type of kid who will stay after practice and work with coaches or himself if there's something he thinks he needs to improve on. He's in a good spot, and I'd like to see him up there with the top dogs, obviously."
Beckman's teammate, Joey Gardner, is seeded seventh in the 200 IM (1:51.97) and third in the 100 breast (56.37).
"It's obviously really exciting," Beckman said. "I always wanted a really great state team, and I think we have that now. I think we should be top 10 (as a team), and we should be even better next year, competing for a state title."