INDIANAPOLIS — With a late rally, Avon overtook Penn for a runner-up finish at Saturday’s boys’ swimming state finals at IUPUI.
Avon trailed Penn by 22 points with three events to go, but Christian Lorenz and Chandler Bray took second and fifth, respectively, in the 100 breaststroke, and Grant Lewis, Greg Sprout, Grant Sprout and Parks Jones placed third in the 400 freestyle relay to finish.
That gave Avon 198 points, 11 ahead of third-place Penn. With 240 points, Chesterton won its second straight state title.
Avon started the day with a solid swim in the 200 medley relay, as Bray, Lorenz, Lewis and Greg Sprout finished two spots behind the new state record set by first-place Chesterton.
Jones followed that up with a victory in the 200 freestyle, just .09 seconds off the state record. It was Avon’s first-ever state swimming championship.
Avon had a whopping three swimmers in the 200 IM, as Bray finished fifth, Lewis sixth and Sprout 16th. That put the Orioles in first place overall with an 80-79 lead over Chesterton.
Avon had one swimmer in the next three events (Lewis, who was 10th in the 100 butterfly). Chesterton had four, two of which won titles, and that’s where the defending champs put permanent separation between them and the field.
After Grant Sprout took fourth in the 500 free B final, Jones placed second in the A race. Jones, Bray, Grant Sprout and Michael Goldhammer followed with a sixth place in the 200 free relay.
Penn won both of those events to take over second with a 22-point lead over Avon, but that set off the Orioles’ stellar finish on their way to the runner-up trophy.
After the meet, Avon’s Jon Karr was named IHSAA Coach of the Year.
Avon now has two state titles (girls’ soccer, volleyball) and two state runners-up (boys’ soccer, boys’ swimming) this year.
One other Hendricks County school was represented on Saturday, as Brownsburg’s Vince Partlow placed 16th in the 200 free.
— A complete wrap-up of Saturday’s event will appear in Wednesday’s Hendricks County Flyer.