Despite not returning home with the team trophy this year, Carroll’s boys swim team earned championship finishes in six events during Saturday’s South Side sectional.
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 and 400 freestyle relay teams. His finish in the 200 free 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.
The Chargers scored 459 team points to champion Homestead’s 504, finishing second overall.
“We’re about going 120%, because if we do that we’re happy,” Lipp said. “We know we tried our best, and that’s all that matters to us. The outcome of the trophy is always nice and it’s always a morale boost for next week, but as long as we get there and do whatever is needed, we’re just excited.”
Also earning state qualifications on the afternoon were McCurdy (second in 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley); Dankert (second in 200 free); Lawson (third in 100 backstroke); and the second-place 200 medley relay team of Bushong, Lawson, McCurdy and Marsh.
The Chargers will compete in the state prelims on Friday, followed by the finals Saturday at 3:30 p.m. All competition can be streamed at ihsaatv.org.