INDIANAPOLIS — After scoring a single point in last year’s swimming and diving state finals, the Avon Orioles executed a perfect flip-turn in 2013.
Avon finished ninth at the 2013 IHSAA Boys Swimming and Diving Championship at the IUPUI Natatorium with a score of 97.
“It’s a great performance for these guys,” Avon coach Jon Karr said. “I’m very proud of the way this team came together this year.”
The Orioles scored in nine of 12 events and finished on the podium in three of those nine races.
“That’s pretty impressive for where we were the last few years and we ended up with a top 10 finish so you really can’t ask for too much more,” Karr said.
Junior Christian Lorenz finished an Avon-best fifth in the 100 breast with a time of 57.03.
“It’s pretty good going from 21st last year to fifth this year,” Lorenz said. “It’s a big jump and it’s nice to be in the top eight.”
Lorenz hopes to return next season and end up with the first place, blue ribboned medal.
“Hopefully next year I’ll be going for the blue medal instead of the green this year,” he said.
Sophomore Parks Jones went through the wringer on Saturday as he raced in a third of the events.
Jones’ best finish of his four races was an eighth in the 200 free.
“I’m not too happy with the way I swam because I gained a little bit of time but I am happy that I brought in my first medal from state as a sophomore.”
But he also notched a 15th in the 500 free before immediately starting off the 200 free relay team. That squad of Greg Sprout, Quinn McPhail, Zackary Czerwonky and Jones finished 12th.
“It was definitely hard, especially when you have to lead off on the relay,” Jones said. “But it’s fun just going out there and swimming your hardest.”