Boys’ swimming prepares for state competition

By Delaney Smith and Sydney Sears

Shaved heads and bleach blonde hair are now a new addition to the halls of FC thanks to the boys’ swim team. They are traveling to the IUPUI Natorium this weekend the compete in the state finals.

The swimmers have started to focus on their speed and cleaning up their technique so that they can make everything the best they can.

Sophomore Brendon Smith said that the practices have been a lot more intense and the team has been working a lot harder to get ready for state.

The boys are seniors Colin Lyell and Nathan Manias, juniors Elijah Anderson and Marc McCormick, and sophomore Brendon Smith qualified to compete in the upcoming state competition out of the team of about 17.

“We are hoping to be at our best for the end of the season. we took some chances at the sectionals not ‘shaving’ some of our guys to give them the opportunity to be going their fastest at the state championship,” said boys swimming coach Joe Perkins.

The state championship preliminaries are this Friday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. and the finals will be held on Saturday, Mar. 1 at 1 p.m. The swimmers are planning to swim their best times and hope to have the team place higher at state than in previous years.

“I am personally hoping to get top 16 in both of my events and top eight in at least one of the relays,” said Anderson.

Smith and McCormick are also planning on swimming their best times and Smith is also hoping to break some school records.

“We are looking to score as many events as we can, this is the first time in 14 years we have taken all three relays to state and have a good chance of scoring all three,” said Perkins.

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