Swimming

Munster Swim Club fifth at Age Group State Championships

2013-08-26T22:00:00Z 2013-08-27T17:55:03Z Munster Swim Club fifth at Age Group State ChampionshipsJohn Burbridge john.burbridge@nwi.com, (219) 933-3371 nwitimes.com

Munster High School's relatively new pool is so big that it goes to Illinois.

Or rather Illinois goes to it.

"This is the Illinois Senior State Championships," Munster Swim Club coach Matt Lee said of the meet held in Munster's pool which is in Indiana.

"It moves around from year to year," said Lee, who was volunteering his assistance at the meet. "They need a big facility to host something like this as well as a long-course pool, and we just so happen to have that here, so ... since we're just over the state line ... they decided to hold it here for the first time."

Year after year, winter after winter and summer after summer, Indiana holds its Senior and Age Group state meets at the same place: the Indiana University Natatorium at IUPUI in Indianapolis.

The MSC sent 42 qualified swimmers to Age Group Long Course Championships held July 25-26, and returned home with a fifth-place overall finish.

"We didn't have any individual firsts, but we scored points across all age groups and had multiple medalists and finalists throughout the weekend," Lee said. "Our relays also swam well."

Munster finished behind perennial champion Carmel, runner-up Fishers Area Swim Tigers, Duneland Swim Club (third) and SWAC Swim Team (fourth).

"Now is the time for our kids to get away from swimming and be just kids for the rest of the summer," said Lee, whose team won't get back into the pool for nearly a month and a half after the Long Course Championships.

"Not all of our swimmers do the long course season," Lee said. "Some are into soccer and baseball during the summer, so they have no time for swimming. But the ones who plan to swim in college someday tend to go year-round."

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