CARMEL – The Zionsville swimming and diving teams got a good mid-season test on Friday afternoon when they traveled to Carmel for a three-way meet with Carmel and Homestead.
Carmel is ranked No. 1 in both polls at the midway points of the season, with Homestead being ranked fifth in the girls and sixth for the boys. The Eagles were ranked 10th and 11th in the polls.
“This is great meet for us to have right at the end of our winter training,” Zionsville head coach Scott Kubly said. “We told the kids before we got here, we are just worried about the way we compete. We weren’t worried about the score and we just wanted to compete hard and see what happens. I thought our energy overall was pretty good and that they competed well.”
The Zionsville boys topped Homestead 113-57 and lost to Carmel 100-70.
The Eagles won six of the events, including a 1-2 finish in the 50-yard freestyle.
“There was a lot of good swims for the guys,” Kubly said. “The 400-free relay going 3:12 was great and the medley relay got a nice win too. We won some individual races too, and to win that many events with this level of competition was great.”
The medley relay team of Will Modglin, Coleman Modglin, Charlie Krone and Jack Donovan won in a time of 1:35.04.
Will Modglin won the 50 in 21.41, with Krone placing second in 22.39. He also won the backstroke in 51.78.
Will Raches won the 100-yard freestyle in 49.03, and Coleman Modglin was the winner in the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.44.
The Eagles 400-yard freestyle relay team of Donovan, Raches, Krone and Will Modglin won in 3:12.93.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Holden Bowlds, Easton Heiser, Andrew Dollins and Coleman Modglin was second in 1:33.43.
Donovan was third in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.66 and fourth in the 500 in 4:53.45. Coleman Modglin was second in the IM in 1:58.02, with Krone (53.32) and Bowlds (54.99) placing fourth in the butterfly and backstroke respectively.
Carmel didn’t swim their full ‘A’ line-up, but Kubly said it was important for the boys team to have success in a meet like Friday.
“You don’t get a chance to swim against the best team in the state, and one of the best in the nation, very often,” Kubly said. “When you get that opportunity, you want to put your best foot forward. I have said this many times before, ‘Carmel makes all of us better’ and that showed today.”
On the girls side, the Eagles came away with three wins on the day, with Devon Kitchel and Elyse Heiser posting victories.
Kubly said he was pleased with the way the girls performed.
“Obviously Devon and Elyse had a tremendous meet,” Kubly said. “It was good to see them post a couple of wins there. We are still trying to find and work out a couple of things before we make the line-up for conference and the sectional. But the girls in general competed well and had some best times.
Kitchel won the IM in 2:05.98 and the butterfly in 56.41.
Heiser won the backstroke in 58.02 and was second in the 100-yard freestyle in 53.24.
The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Kitchel, Carlin Barksdale, Reagan Mattice and Heiser was also second in 3:38.83.
The medley relay team of Peyton Skaff, Kitchel, Heiser and Mattice was fourth in 1:50.46, with Mattice placing fourth in the 200-freestyle in 2:00.25.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Skaff, Shea Sullivan, Katie Buroker and Barksdale was fifth in 1:45.58.
Kubly said with a week until the conference meet and a month until the sectional, it is good to have a meet like this to see how the team reacts against tough competition.
“If you can compete well against these teams, there is no reason that when we get to the HCC or the sectional that we can’t compete well,” Kubly said. “We are trying to work on some things right now, and you can definitely see the differences when you go against this competition. It helps make decisions a little more clear, or maybe gives you more options you didn’t know you had.”
The HCC Meet will be on Saturday afternoon at Hamilton Southeastern High School.
All eight boys teams in the HCC were ranked in the pre-season, with six of the eight girls teams being in the rankings.
Kubly said the Eagles want to have a strong showing against the deepest conference in the state.
“Every team is really quality,” Kubly said. “We are going to come up with some goals this week and we want to go in there with a high level of energy, ready to compete with confidence. We want to show the teams in the conference that we are something to be reckoned with.”