ZIONSVILLE – It wasn’t a perfect day for the Zionsville swimming and diving team on Saturday afternoon at the sectional – but it was pretty close.
The Eagles easily won their 10th-straight sectional title, topping second-place Harrison 553-339, and advanced someone to state in every event next week.
“We did a lot of good things,” Zionsville head coach Scott Kubly said. “The guys swam well. We set ourselves up on Thursday night to do what we did today, and we have a few kids to wait on callbacks, but we will see what happens next week.”
As well as the Eagles swam on Saturday, which included two sectional records and a school record, Kubly said he knows the Eagles have even more in the tank come next week at the State Finals.
Based on seed times for State, Carmel will be a runaway winner, but there will be a tight bunch of teams from second through seventh.
“It’s good to know there is faster swims there,” Kubly said. “Not only that, but going down with a full bus of guys is great. Being there with your teammates and having that support is always a good thing.”
The two standouts for the Eagles on Saturday afternoon were the Modglin brothers.
Senior Coleman Modglin won the IM (1:53.71) and the breaststroke (55.16). The breaststroke time was a new school record.
Freshman Will Modglin won the 100-yard freestyle in 46.21 and the 100-yard backstroke in a sectional record 49.42.
“They are looking great,” Kubly said. “They work hard all year round and they have been working for this day for the last year. Those two have a lot in the tank for next week and it will be fun to see where they land.”
Jack Donovan was also a two-event individual champion for the Eagles, taking the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.29 and the 500-yard freestyle in 4:42.85.
Kubly said the sophomore has done a good job of setting himself up to score in both events next week.
“The times he got today is where he has been wanting to be for the last year,” Kubly said. “He has worked hard on that and we really worked on his pacing to make sure he was able to do what he did today. It was good for him.”
Charlie Krone will be going to state in both his individual events.
Krone won the sectional title in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 50.19. He was second in the 50 in 21.58, but earned a callback to state.
One of the highlights in the meet came in the 100-yard backstroke. Will Modglin won the race, but teammate Holden Bowlds hit the state cut to earn his spot in the State Finals.
Earlier in the meet, Bowlds was second in the butterfly but missed the state cut. He later got a call back to the state finals.
“You could see what it meant to him,” Kubly said of Bowlds after the backstroke. “He was a little bit down when he didn’t get that state cut in the butterfly, and to just see the excitement and emotion when he got there in an individual event was really good to see. I am looking forward to seeing what he can do next week.”
Caleb Berrong also earned a callback in the breaststroke, finishing in a time of 58.70.
All three Zionsville relays won and earned trips to state.
The medley relay team of Will Modglin, Coleman Modglin, Krone and Will Raches finished in 1:31.71. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Berrong, Andrew Dollins, Donovan and Coleman Modglin finished in 1:26.75 and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Krone, Raches, Donovan and Will Modglin finished in 3:07.24.
In diving, Henry Maas placed second with a score of 333.95 to advance to the diving regional.
Other podium finishers for the Eagles: Nick Bohm (sixth, diving), Dollins (third, 200-free and second, 100-free), Raches (fourth, 200-free and fourth 100-free)), Berrong (second, IM), Bradley Norris (fourth, IM and fifth, breaststroke), Gabe Berry (fifth, 50), Easton Heiser (sixth, 50 and second, 500), Liam Mullins (fifth, butterfly), Malcolm Slater (third, 500) and Graham Asam (sixth, backstroke).
Kubly said there were a couple swims in there that the coaches could of challenged for a state cut in, but it just wasn’t meant to be.
“It’s a big learning curve on this thing,” Kubly said. “Once they go through it and see what it’s all about, they will be fine. They are all young and they have some great years ahead.”
The Eagles will head to Indianapolis on Friday night for the prelims. The top-8 finishers in each event will swim for the state title on Saturday.
Finishers 9-16 will swim in the consolations.
“For as young as we are overall, you could tell there were some nerves today,” Kubly said. “So I think it will be a little harder than it was with the girls to keep it all relaxed with them, because the girls have a little more experience, but we want them to enjoy it. We will just tell them to relax, take a deep breath and enjoyment.”