Western’s Poe wins sectional title
Panther diver Cameron Poe defends championship while Carmel wins team title
Friday, February 24, 2017 9:00 AM
The Carmel Greyhounds won every event at the IHSAA Noblesville Boys Swimming and Diving Sectional except one, the one-meter dive. For the second consecutive year, the sectional diving champion was Western’s Cameron Poe.
The Greyhounds ran-away with its 10th consecutive sectional title, easily outscoring runners-up Westfield 535-399. The host Millers were third with 380 points, followed by Maconaquah (167), Kokomo (162), Western (159), Hamilton Heights (137), Northwestern (122), Tipton (90), Eastern (42) and Guerin Catholic (18). Carmel is the two-time defending state champion and owns a record 16 state titles.
Poe, a junior, won his second straight sectional title by topping his own Western record with 430.65 points. He needed every one of those points to defeat senior Trevor Crupi of Westfield by one point. Crupi won the sectional as a sophomore in 2015; Poe finished ninth that year.
The top four divers at each sectional advance to the regional round, which takes place on Feb. 21 (Poe will dive at the Fishers Regional). A year ago, Poe finished 11th in the regional round with the top eight advancing to the state finals. Poe and Crupi will be joined by Dalton Outlaw (Maconaquah, 339.10) and Jared Newman (Noblesville, 338.50) as the regional representatives from the Noblesville Sectional; Kokomo junior Max Waltemath just missed a regional berth with a fifth-place finish.
On the swimming side, no Howard County student-athletes qualified for the 80th Annual IHSAA Boys Swimming and Diving State Finals at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis on Feb. 18. In swimming, only the sectional champion advances to the state finals (no regional round), plus any swimmer who tops the state standard time.
For Kokomo, Max White was the top performer with a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (:53.04). Jack Stevens was sixth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:03.95). The Wildkats placed all three relays on the podium with a fourth in the 400-yard freestyle (White, Christian Abney, Caleb Cook, Stevens); fifth place in the 200-yard freestyle (White, Brian Harding, Stevens, Cook); and eighth in the 200-yard medley (Abney, Alexander Whiteman, Vinh Lee, Harding).
Western’s Josh Everetts finished sixth in the 500-yard freestyle (5:03.56) and eighth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.41). The foursome of Zachary Zentz, Gavin Schmidt, Gary Purcell and Everetts placed fifth in the 400 free relay and seventh in the free relay.
For Northwestern, Gus Bourff, Jaden Pratt, Michael Bolyard and Ethan Breisch took home a sixth place in the 200 free relay.
Complete results are available at the IHSAA website.