ZIONSVILLE – It wasn’t really a surprise that the Zionsville swimming and diving teams dominated the Eagle Invite on Saturday.
In the 16 years the event has taken place, the Eagles have won every girls title and only lost once in the boys competition.
But, what was impressive for head coach Scott Kubly was the way a lot of people stepped up and had strong performances on Saturday.
“It’s been a strong start of the year for us,” Kubly said. “This meet is really a halfway judging point for us, and we came out and swam well, especially coming off finals week. I was happy with the way we swam.”
The Eagle boys won with 667 points, 273 more than runner-up McCutcheon.
Kubly he has been impressed with the way the boys team has started the season.
“The have started well and the excitement has just gone throughout the entire team,” Kubly said. “It’s not just the meets, practices have been really competitive too.”
Zionsville won every swimming event and went 1-2-3 in four of the 11 events.
In the IM, Caleb Berrong won in 2:00.40, with Bradley Norris second in 2:05.45 and Ethan Lindeman third in 2:12.68. In the 500, Jack Donovan won in 4:54.81, with Easton Heiser second in 5:03.82 and Malcolm Slater third in 5:04.68.
In the 100-yard backstroke, Will Modglin won in 51.17, with Holden Bowlds second in 55.67 and Graham Asam third in 58.14. The Eagles also went 1-2-3 in the breaststroke, with Coleman Modglin winning in 57.01, Norris coming in second in 1:02.99 and Wyatt Seiler third in 1:08.16.
Zionsville also went 1-2 in four other events, including two relays.
In the medley relay, the team of Will Modglin, Coleman Modglin, Charlie Krone and Donovan won in 1:35.10, with the team of Asam, Norris, Liam Mullins and Gabe Berry placing second in 1:43.35. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Dollins, Will Raches, Berrong and Coleman Modglin won in 1:29.87 and the team of Lindeman, Seiler, Slater and Heiser were second in 1:35.92.
In the 200-yard freestyle, Donovan won in 1:46.66 and Raches was second in 1:51.07. In the butterfly, Krone won in 22.05, with Holden Bowlds second in 53.34.
Krone won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.05, Dollins won the 100-yard freestyle in 50.16 and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Raches, Berrong, Bowlds and Will Modglin in 3:18.04.
“I knew Will Raches was going to be big for us coming in, and he has fit in and gelled really well with the team,” Kubly said. “I have really liked the way that has happened. Will Modglin is someone who we knew was going to be talented coming in and we saw him a lot in club, but really the whole freshmen class has come in and have showed what they have. Caleb Berrong is someone who has really come along too, and had a great meet today.”
Zionsville won eight events on the girls side, including four 1-2 finishes.
In diving, Kailee Prather won in 326.10, with Allison Jones placing second in 280.50.
Elyse Heiser won the IM in 2:08.03, with Carlin Barksdale placing second in 2:24.01. Reagan Mattice won the 500 in 5:27.90, with Ruth Cronin placing second in 5:43.05, while Devon Kitchel won the breaststroke in 1:06.03 and Shea Sullivan was second in 1:12.30.
The medley relay team of Peyton Skaff, Sullivan, Kitchel and Katie Buroker won in 1:51.68, with the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Buroker, Marin Hadley, Mattice and Kitchel winning in 1:41.99.
Also winning was Kitchel in the butterfly in a time of 57.08 and Heiser in the backstroke in 58.32.
“We have had some other girls stepping up,” Kubly said. “Katie (Buroker) had a great meet today and I am really happy for her, and Shea Sullivan has really stepped up and become one of our top swimmers too. It will be interesting to see how the next six weeks pan out and we will go from there.”
The Eagles will be off until Jan. 3, when they face Carmel and Homestead in a triangular meet at Carmel.
“It’s going to be good for us to get some good training in,” Kubly said. “We will give them a couple days off next week, and it’s kind of weird that it’s in the middle of the week, but we will do what we have to do and hopefully come out better on the other side.”
The Eagle girls won with 585 points, 205 ahead of second-place McCutcheon.