Mustangs top CP, Bulldog relays advance
By Mark Smith firstname.lastname@example.org February 19, 2013 12:10PM
Lowell's Alex Torres swims the 200 yard freestyle during the swim sectional preliminaries on Thursday, February 14, 2013, in Crown Point. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media
CROWN PONT Boys Swim Sectional
1 Munster 431
2 CROWN POINT 412
3 Lake Central 347
4 Highland 272
5 Rensselaer 183
6 Morton 128
7 Bishop Noll 122
8 Griffith 105
9 LOWELL 73
10 Kankakee Valley 55
11 Clark 46
12 Gavit 34
13 North Newton 27
14 East Chicago 14
15 Hammond 10
Updated: February 19, 2013 12:18PM
Crown Point was strong but Munster was stronger as the Mustangs took their 28th consecutive swiming and diving sectional title Saturday, topping the hosts 431-412 at the 15-team Crown Point Sectional.
Crown Point’s 200 medley relay team of Nick Hulls, Joel Gintzler, Andy Kvachoff and Johnny Lynk (1:36.79) topped Munster (1:37.48) at the start of the finals to give the Bulldogs a lead in team points that they held most of the day.
After Hulls, Gintzler, Kvachkoff and Lynk (1:28:27) also won the 200 free relay over second place Highland (1:28.50), Crown Point led Munster 314-304 after nine of the 12 sectional events.
But the Mustangs won five individual events, including Wilson Beckman’s win in the backstroke and Joey Gardner’s first place finish in the breaststroke, late in the meet, giving Munster, the Northwest Crossroads Conference champs, a lead they would not lose.
Highland won the final event, the 400 freestyle relay, in a time of 3:17.03 and Munster placed second (3:25.73) to prevent any last second comeback by the Bulldogs.
CP gets both relays to the finals as well as Gintzler, who was second in the butterfly, Lynk, who was second in the 100, and Kvachkoff, who was second in the breaststroke.
The state finals begin at 5 p.m. Friday at the IUPUI Natatorium just west of downtown Indianapolis.