INDIANAPOLIS – Will Modglin is no stranger to the IUPUI Natatorium, or swimming big meets there.

But even with that experience, he knew that it was different this time around, swimming in his first IHSAA State Finals. Any nerves didn’t show however, as Modglin placed second in the 100-yard backstroke, and helped the Eagles place in the top-3 in two relays en route to a fifth-place team finish.

“I was thrilled with the way the weekend went,” Modglin said. “It was so cool racing here, it was just a different experience. It’s a lot different than a club meet here. You are representing your high school and your whole community.”

Modglin had his best performance ever in his signature event, the backstroke.

He broke 48 seconds for the first time, going 47.91. The only person to beat him was Carmel’s Wyatt Davis, who became a four-time state champion in the event in a time of 45.80.

“I was so happy with that time, it was my goal to go under 48,” Modglin said. “It really helped being next to Wyatt in the race. Having one of the fastest backstrokers in the nation next to me, it really pushed me.”

Modglin’s time was half a second faster than Davis went as a freshman, and was the 10th fastest time by an 15-year-old American ever in the event.

Zionsville head coach Scott Kubly said Modglin has been impressive all year long.

“He lives, eats and dreams swimming,” Kubly said. “He loves the sport, and he works really hard every single day. It is going to be exciting to see what he can do in the next three years.”

Modglin also placed 10th in the 100-yard freestyle in 45.70.

He said he knows there is still a lot of room for improvement.

“I feel like the year went pretty well overall, but I know there is still a lot I can improve on,” Modglin said. “I know that I have to keep the intensity up. In the past, I have kind of let myself go in the summer, but I know now I have to pick up the intensity to get where I want to.”

The Eagles also placed second in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

The team of Charlie Krone, Will Raches, Jack Donovan and Modglin finished in a time of 3:04.36. All four swimmers will be back next year.

“It can be one of things where the sky is the limit on what they can do,” Kubly said. “It will be fun to see how this all works out. As long as they keep working hard and have the right attitudes, great things will come.”

The Eagles got a third-place finish in the medley relay. The quartet of Modglin, Krone, Raches and Coleman Modglin finished in 1:30.02.

It was part of a strong weekend for Krone, who also placed seventh in the butterfly in 50.53, the top finish by a sophomore in the event. On Friday night in the prelims, he lowered his time in the 50-yard freestyle to 21.21 and just missed the consolations, placing 17th.

“He has really been strong the last couple of months,” Kubly said. “It really started with his 50 on Friday. He really set the tone for the rest of his weekend. He was seeded toward the bottom, and nearly made it back. I think that gave him a lot of confidence, showing him that he was ready to go and that the taper was working for him. He had great relay splits, his butterfly was good, he was great.”

Coleman Modglin was the other medalist for the Eagles, placing fifth in the breaststroke in a time of 55.26.

He was also 11th in the IM in a time of 1:51.87.

Kubly said he knew it wasn’t the statement the elder Modglin had wanted, but his growth during his four-year career and the leadership he showed will be beneficial to the Eagles in the upcoming seasons.

“He is an example of just believing in the system and that good things will happen,” Kubly said. “He has been a leader on this team and I know he is going to go up to Purdue and excel there. He is going to be a great ambassador for Zionsville swimming.”

Also swimming on Saturday for the Eagles, Jack Donovan moved up to 11th in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:42.48.

The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Coleman Modglin, Donovan, Gabe Berry and Andrew Dollins also placed 11th in 1:26.90 and Caleb Berrong placed 12th in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 57.81.

All-in-all it led to a fifth-place finish, the Eagles fifth top-5 finish in the last six seasons.

“We were 13th last year, and to move up to fifth is great,” Kubly said. “We got a couple of runner-ups and that was a great end of the meet. We did what we had to do. We were in ninth going into the last three events to go, and we were able to leap frog some teams into fifth.”

Friday Night

INDIANAPOLIS – The Zionsville boys swimming and diving team will be bringing a number of swims back on Saturday for Day 2 of the IHSAA State Finals.

The Eagles had 14 swims come into the day on Friday night for the prelims, and advanced 10 of them in the top-16.

The top finishes of the day came at the end of the meet for the Eagles.

First, Will Modglin set the school record with a time of 48.13 in the 100-yard backstroke, earning him the 2-seed in the event for today’s finals behind Carmel’s three-time defending champion Wyatt Davis (46.85).

In the next event, the 100-yard breaststroke, Coleman Modglin set the school record with a time of 54.49, and also earned the 2-seed in the event, placing just behind Munster’s Kyle Adams (54.30).

The Eagles closed the day with a second-place qualifying time in the 400-yard freestyle relay, with the team of Charlie Krone, Will Raches, Jack Donovan and Will Modglin finished in 3:04.63. Carmel is the top-seed in 3:04.48.

The medley relay team of Will Modglin, Coleman Modglin, Charlie Krone and Will Raches placed third to kick off the meet for the Eagles in a time of 1:30.93.

Krone qualified seventh in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 50.06 to earn a spot in the championship final today. Krone also won his heat of the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 21.21, but just missed out on the consolations, placing 17th.

Jack Donovan placed 16th in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:42.91 and will come back for the consolation final. He placed 17th in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:43.22.

Also back in the consolations will be Coleman Modglin in the 200-yard IM, who qualified ninth in a time of 1:50.88.

Will Modglin qualified ninth in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 45.56. Caleb Berrong dropped 0.80 seconds off his seed time in the 100-yard breaststroke, and qualified for the consolations in 14th in a time of 57.90.

Holden Bowlds placed 23rd in the butterfly in a time of 51.88 and placed 21st in the 100-yard backstroke in 52.83.

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Zionsville Times Sentinel and Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Zionsville Times Sentinel and Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.

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