Noblesville's Luke Conner will be competing in two relays and will take part in the 100 breaststroke for the Millers at state. file photo.
Noblesville's Luke Conner will be competing in two relays and will take part in the 100 breaststroke for the Millers at state. file photo.
Two weekends ago the county's girls' swimmers had their shot at a state title, and in case you missed it, the Carmel Greyhounds won their 29th-consectutive state title.

Now, it's the boys turn to hop into the pool and show the state what they've got as they compete for the 78th Indiana High School Athletic Association swimming state title, beginning on Friday.

This year's state meet will be well represented by Hamilton County high schools. Five area schools will be competing: Noblesville, Carmel, Hamilton Southeastern, Fishers, and Westfield.

All five of these schools competed in last year's state meet and all placed in the top 40. Carmel and Hamilton Southeastern placed in the top 10 at fifth and seventh, respectively.

However, now it's time to see what they'll bring to the table this year and how much better they've gotten since last season's run.

On Tuesday, the diving regionals took place and three area swimmers made it through to Saturday. Senior Austin Smith and freshman Cole VanDevender will represent Fishers. Smith qualified for state with his score of 452.75 and finished eighth at state last year.

"Austin learned how to dive when he was a freshman," Fishers head coach Jay Chambers said. "That year, he was fortunate if he could hit the water when he fell off the board."

Joking aside coach Chambers has been very impressed with the work he's put in over the years.

"He progressed quickly under the coaching of Kristy and Jeff Ford," he continued. "We hope he can finish in the top 5 this year."

Representing Westfield will be sophomore Trevor Crupi. He grabbed the eighth spot at the Fishers' regional with his score of 386.45.

Crupi not only made it out of a tough regional and sectional to make it to state. He also had to compete every day with his fellow talented divers who have forced him to bring his best all the time.

"Those guys are a group we relied upon for a high performance throughout the season," Westfield head coach Kyle Messmore said. "They are good at delivering when it counts."

"They've always had someone to compete with, someone to push them and that makes them great at the end of the season," he added.

The relay events looked to be packed this year with three area schools competing in all three relays. Carmel, HSE and Fishers will compete in all of the relays. Noblesville is competing in the 200-yard medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay. Westfield is competing in the 200 freestyle relay.

Carmel breezed through their relay races in sectional, winning each event. The Royals took 2 of 3 relays but lost the 400 freestyle relay to Fishers.

The Royals only competed in the 400 freestyle relay last year at state but have picked up the intensity in all relays this season. HSE head coach Andy Pedersen states that there isn't a focus on the relay events but does note that they help develop swimmers into better athletes over the course of a season.

"We try not to focus on relays at the expense of other events," Pedersen explained. "It's rather as a holistic approach to helping each one of our swimmer develop into an athlete that can compete in four events at the high school level."

Competing in some of the relay teams will be HSE senior Joe Young who is also taking part in the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke. Based on seed times, Young will be strong contention for first place in both events and was the only swimmer to post a sub-50 second time when qualifying for the 100 backstroke.

"Joe Young is having a fantastic year and looks to finish on a high note," Pedersen added. "He has done a great job over the last 12 months gaining experience with higher levels of competition."

Other great competitors from area teams are Noblesville's Luke Conner and Justin Ogle. Conner will be competing in both relays for the Millers and will take part in the 100 breaststroke. Ogle will also compete in the breaststroke and the 200 medley relay.

"Luke and Justin have worked very hard this year," Noblesville head coach Rich Wolfred said. "We would love for both of them to get in the top eight."

"Obviously they are going to have to go faster to get into the final heat," he continued. "They have to stay ready this week and work on any weaknesses they may have in their event."

For Fishers, juniors Glen Brown and Luke Ingram will look to grab top prizes in their events. Brown is swimming in the 200 and 500 freestyle events in addition to his relay duties. Ingram will take part in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke.

"Glen is just a few ticks away from an Olympic trial cut in the 400 meter free and is a beast worker in practice," Chambers stated. "Luke has really grown as competitor this season and is looking forward to the meet this weekend."

The swimming preliminary round begins Friday at 6 p.m. with the top 16 swimmers moving on to compete in Saturday's consolation and final heats.

Diving prelims, semifinal and final rounds will all take place on Saturday with the prelim round starting at 9 a.m. All final and consolation events will start at 1 p.m. on Saturday.