Homestead won its second swim sectional of the year Saturday at South Side, with the Spartans’ boys team following up a championship performance by the girls two weeks prior.
The Spartans defeated runner-up Carroll 504-459 while winning five events.
Homestead’s Cameron Luarde was the champion in both the 200-yard individual medley (1:47.22) and 100-yard breaststroke (55.59), both of which are new sectional and Homestead school records.
The school’s 200-yard medley relay team of Cameron Luarde, Spencer Koehrn, Ethan Dalton and Joseph Hammes also placed first on the afternoon in 1:33.37, shaving 0.07 seconds off their school record, and the Spartans’ Brendan White won the 1-meter diving event with a 416.6 for a new career high.
It was Homestead’s first team title since 2018.
Despite not returning home with the team trophy this year, Carroll earned championship finishes in six events Saturday.
Senior Chandler Lipp, a Purdue University commit, placed first in both the 200-yard freestyle (1:42.33) and 100-yard freestyle (46.77), and was part of Carroll’s first-place 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay teams. His finish in the 200 freestyle was good for a new Carroll school record.
“It felt great, but I couldn’t have gotten to where I was today without my teammates,” Lipp said. “They trained their butts off all year and pushed me to where I was, and it’s going to be amazing to see what happens going forward for them as well.”
Lipp was joined by Luke Lawson, Evan Bushong and Chandler Marsh in the 200 freestyle relay, finishing in 1:26.72 for first. The 400 freestyle relay team of Lipp, Marsh, Owen Dankert and Adam McCurdy posted a winning time of 3:09.44.
“We have incredible depth because of our coaching,” Lipp said. “John (Gibson), Ben (Sutton) and Tori (Bagan) have done a great job helping us with the little things that make the biggest difference. And just having our teammates to race in practice helps. Personally, I was racing Tristan (DeWitt) last year, and that helped me improve my speed a lot, and I’ve been helping Adam and Owen in the same way. We’ve just been training off each other. We were a little short-manned today compared to past years, but that’s going to change next year.
Dankert set a new sectional record in the 500 freestyle, finishing in 4:36.06 for first, and Bushong won the 100-yard backstroke in 51.79.
Concordia’s Finlay Brooks also had a successful outing, winning the 50 free (20.53) and 100 fly (49.43).