INDIANAPOLIS — Austin Flager of Northridge will be the No. 1 seed in the 50-ayrd freestyle when the IHSAA holds its state championship meet in boys swimming and diving Saturday, Feb. 23.
Flager posted a blistering time of of 20.57 in his heat on Friday, besting second-seeded TImothy Martin of Jeffersonville by .21.
But in the event he won a title in last year — the 100 backstroke — Flager had to settle for the runner-up position, as Chesterton’s Aaron Whitaker set a state record with a time of 47.37, which smashed the record formerly held by Penn’s Andrew Elliott of 48.99. Flager’s time on Friday was 49.21.
The finals continue at 9 a.m. today at the I.U. Natatorium in downtown Indianapolis with the diving preliminaries. Finals begin at 1 p.m.
Northridge also has junior Jon Stoller in the finals of the 200 IM, where he’ll be the No. 5 seed after posting a time of 1:53.81.
Coach Joe Keller’s Raiders also have two relay teams in the finals, as the 200 medley relay team is seeded sixth, while the 200 free relay team posted the fifth best time. Penn is the second seed in both events.
It was a good day for the Kingsmen, as Penn will have finalist in four events and all three relays .
Bowen Anderson and his brother Tanner are Penn’s top seeded individuals, as Bowen is seeded third in the 100 butterfly and Tanner is the three-seed in the 100 breast stroke. Bowen Anderson is also No. 7 in the 500 free, while teammate Seamus-Lucero-Dixon is the seventh-seed in the 100 free.
Penn’s 400 free relay team will be seeded fourth, but they have a tough road to a win, as Chesterton broke the state record with a time of 3:01.05 — besting the old mark of 3:03.43 set by Carmel in 2004. The Trojans’ time is six seconds faster than second-seeded Carmel.
Chesterton, a heavy favorite to win the state title, set three state records in the preliminary round.
One other intersting story is in the 100 breaststroke, where Brennen Berger, who trasfered to Carmel from Northridge prior to this year, posted the fast time by over a second. Berger was the state runner-up for the Raiders in 2012.