INDIANAPOLIS — Paced by A-final qualifications by Avon’s Parks Jones, Christian Lorenz, and its 200 yard medley relay squad, Hendricks County swimmers earned eleven qualifications into the second day of competition during Friday night’s IHSAA Boys State Swimming Finals preliminary heats.
It was an especially satisfying night for the Avon swim program as the Orioles team accounted for nine of those eleven advancements.
The best individual placement of the night came from Avon sophomore Parks Jones in the 200 freestyle, where his time of 1:41.29 ranked fifth going into the Saturday finals.
Teammate Christian Lorenz was the other individual to make a championship race, as he was seventh in the 100 breaststroke.
Meanwhile, the Orioles started well by showcasing the depth of their team in getting the last A-final qualifying spot for the 200 medley relay team. That squad was made up of Matt Stowe, Lorenz, Grant Lewis, and Greg Sprout.
Avon coach Jon Karr rode the emotional high of his team’s strong performance.
“By far on the men’s side, this was the best (Avon) has ever done (at state),” Karr said. “We’ve got eight of eleven events with swims tomorrow, and hopefully we can get points in the diving, as well. I’m very pleased with the effort in a very fast meet. Most of the time, we were faster and moving up spots on our seed times.”
While only the top eight placements will swim for state titles on Saturday, team points will also be awarded for placing in the top 16. And, that will earn more points for Avon, as well as getting Brownsburg and Plainfield on the scoreboard.
Lewis made two consolation finals by placing tenth in the 200 individual medley and 14th in the 100 butterfly. Jones got his second individual advancement by getting 12th in the 500 freestyle. Avon’s other individual to advance was senior Colin Mothersead, who tied with North Central’s Rawley Davis for 12th in the 100 breaststroke.