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February 18, 2013

Giants send one to finals

Warriors end on high note

BROWNSBURG — Covenant Christian boys’ swimming team ended its season in the consolation rounds of Saturday’s sectional swim meet at Brownsburg while Ben Davis will send one swimmer on to the state finals this weekend.

Warriors’ senior Clint McNamara ended the season and his career on a high note with a personal best and a school record breaking swim in the preliminary round of the 200 free with a time of 2:10.16 and followed Covenant coach Craig Bauer’s philosophy of improving every time in the pool.

“We don’t look at making it to state as our goal,” Bauer said. “We focus on bettering themselves and we make this a lifetime sport. This has to be something they enjoy and if they’re going to get better, it’s because they enjoy it. We’re going to make sure they work hard but they also enjoy it.”

The strategy is appropriate for a smaller school like Covenant Christian. The motivation to compete comes from the opportunity to get better each time and the Warriors did not fall short in that attempt, ending  the season with their best effort yet.

“All the times entered for their swims were their best times. They bettered their times,” Bauer said. “They won in our own minds because they improved their times and they’ve been doing it throughout the whole year. We had a school record broken by Clint McNamara Thursday in the preliminaries and he had already broken the record earlier this year.”

For Ben Davis, the season is now in limbo as the Giants await the results to find out if they will be sending anyone to state. Regardless, there is still plenty to be excited about because alongside senior Cole Crouch, the other three members on the Giants’ 200 free relay team are sophomores Darrin Frazier, Caelen Pretty, and Jess Partin.

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