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Boys swimming: Munster cruises to NCC meet crown

Munster coach Matt Pavlovich shows WilsBeckman his time results after Beckman made new pool NCC record 100 backstroke during NCC

Munster coach Matt Pavlovich shows Wilson Beckman his time results after Beckman made a new pool and NCC record in the 100 backstroke during the NCC boys swim meet in Munster, Ind. Saturday January 26, 2013. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 26, 2013 9:17PM



MUNSTER — The Northwest Crossroads Conference boys swim meet was pretty evenly matched at the top end, with host Munster capturing five events to runner-up Highland’s six.

But the Seahorses depth was the difference as Munster earned the conference trophy, like it has in each year of the NCC’s existence.

“We have a lot of depth and it was a real team effort,” said Munster coach Matt Pavlovich. “We were able to move some kids around to see what we’ll be able to do in the big picture.”

The future looks just as bright for Munster as sophomores Joe Gardner and Wilson Beckman set the pace for the Seahorses. Gardner won the 200 individual medley and set a meet record in the 100 breaststroke at 1:00.27.

Beckman won the 100 backstroke crown with a pool and meet record time of 51.93. And both swam legs on Munster’s victorious 200 medley relay team.

“We’ve got some nice sophomores — its promising looking forward,” Pavlovich said. “Our main goal now is to get ready for sectionals. We’ll have our hands full.”

Highland’s Stephen Castillo turned in the meet’s most impressive individual performance with new meet records in both the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. His butterfly time of 50.73 was a drop of more than three seconds from his previous best as he finished a full body-length ahead of the race’s top-seeded Beckman.

Castillo also led off for the Trojans’ winning 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay teams.

“We think his 50 free is still one of the top times in the state this season,” said Highland coach Ryan Harrington. “But his butterfly is sort of an off-event for him and he wanted one last shot to break the record.”

Highland’s Chris Dabrowski was the meet’s other dual individual winner. The sophomore notched victories in the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle and the 400 freestyle relay.

Munster junior Sammy Odtallah was the winner of the 100 freestyle and also swam on the Seahorses’ winning relay team. Griffith’s Alex Rosales won the diving title with a new pool record score of 500.30.



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