Times photos by Trevor Wilson // NATIONAL RECORD: Carmel junior Drew Kibler shakes an opponent’s hand after swimming the 50 freestyle. Kibler set a new national record in the event with a time of 19.38. The previous mark was set by Vladimir Morozov of Torrance, California, in 2010.
Times photos by Trevor Wilson // NATIONAL RECORD: Carmel junior Drew Kibler shakes an opponent’s hand after swimming the 50 freestyle. Kibler set a new national record in the event with a time of 19.38. The previous mark was set by Vladimir Morozov of Torrance, California, in 2010.
The Greyhounds started their quest for a fourth straight IHSAA Boys Swimming and Diving State Championship in style Friday night at the Natatorium at IUPUI.

Carmel's Wyatt Davis, Stefano Batista, Drew Kibler and Andrew Couchon began the preliminaries with a new state-record (1:28.00) in the 200 medley relay. The time, which is the No. 2 all-time mark in the nation (1:27.74), was just under the state record that Zionsville set last year.

Kibler did set a new national record in the 50 freestyle (19.38) and is seeded first in today’s finals. Couchon (20.55) and Westfield’s Chris Kenney (20.86) both advanced to the final heat, too, with fifth and sixth-place finishes, respectively. Jared Holder, the lone swimmer from Hamilton Heights, finished in a three-way tie for 13th (21.19) and will advance to the consolation heat for the first time.

The Greyhounds dominated in the 200 freestyle, with Jacob Mitchell, Augustus Rothro and Alec DeLong finishing second, third and fourth, respectively. Fishers’ Drake Stallwort earned a spot in today’s finals heat with a sixth-place finish (1:40.95).

Davis gave Carmel another top three finish — this time in the 200 IM with a time of 1:49.88. His teammate, Brett Sherman, placed fifth and Kyle Haflich of Fishers will be seeded sixth.

Kibler kept the momentum, and an outstanding preliminary showcase, going in the 100 butterfly. The senior finished first with a time of 46.81. Stallwort added to his impressive eventing, too, with his second sixth-place finish of the evening. Hamilton Southeastern’s Connor Harrison, Carmel’s Jota Iwase earned spots in the consolation heat.

Kenney provided Westfield with its highest placing of the night in the 100 freestyle with a fifth-place finish (45.99). Griffin Hadley and Alec DeLong of Carmel and Noblesville’s Jack Wolfred all earned spots in today’s consolation heat. Kenney was also a part of the Shamrocks’ 200 freestyle relay squad that finished in 13th along with Cody Fenimore, Cameron Clayton and Brett Calvin.

Carmel set the tone in the night’s longest race — the 500 freestyle — with Mitchell (4:27.14), Rothro and Sherman grabbing spots one, three and four. Fishers also performed well in the event, with Aaron Frollo and Samuel Kuhn both earning a return visit in the consolation heat.

Holder and Davis renewed their rivalry in the 100 backstroke, with the Greyhound once again getting the upper hand. Davis finished second (48.55), just in front of teammate Drew Amaral, but Holder earned his first trip to a final heat with a fifth-place finish (50.35). Hadley and Haflich came in sixth and eighth, respectively.