Boys swimming: Munster outduels Crown Point to win 28th straight sectional title
By Nick Nochevich Post-Tribune correspondent February 16, 2013 11:18PM
Muster's Joseph Gardner swims the breast stroke on his way to winning the 200 yard IM during the swim sectionals on Saturday, in Crown Point. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 18, 2013 7:13AM
CROWN POINT — Munster continued its streak of sectional titles, but it did not come without a fight from Crown Point. The Bulldogs led most of the day but the Seahorses took over late and captured their 28th consecutive sectional crown.
Munster was tied with Center Grove for the most wins, but Center Grove placed second Saturday, giving the record of 28 in a row solely to Munster.
The margin was slim, 19 points to be exact, but Munster pulled out a solid win on shear perseverance throughout the season according to their coach.
“We battled hard all day and showed perseverance all day as we have throughout the season, we had a solid overall team effort and I am proud of their accomplishment today,” Munster coach Matt Pavlovich said.
Munster’s Joseph Gardner and James Beckman led the Munster charge, capturing two events each for the Seahorses.
Gardner claimed victories in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 IM, and Beckman’s came in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly, all four wins under the state cut times.
The Munster win did not come easy, as Crown Point was a solid challenger, leading for most of the day and taking it down to the final events. Crown Point’s success is a tribute to its leader coach, Doug Norris, who was named coach of the year by his peers.
“We battled well today and it is all a credit to three things, the athletic department here at Crown Point, the parents of the swimmers, and the members of the team. They were focused and determined and allowed me a chance to teach them to swim so the accomplishments today are a tribute to their devotion this season,” Norris said.
Highland will have representative at the state finals in Stephen Castillo, the winner in the 50 and 100 freestyle events. He was also a member of the 400 freestyle relay team.
Alex Rosales (Griffith), Zach Cherogan and Sean Cloghessy (Munster) and Sage Chiaro (Crown Point) all advance to the diving regional on Tuesday and the remainder of winners advance to the state finals Friday and Saturday.