Fort Wayne swimmers in prime position for state titles Snider’s Steele, Carroll’s Kent have solid swims at state finals.

Carroll swimmer Jackson Kent and Snider’s Jacob Steele did what they needed to do at Friday’s IHSAA Boy’s State Swim Prelims at the Indiana University Natatorium. They positioned themselves for state championships. However, those couldn’t be won Friday, but can be today.

The diving competition will get underway at 9 a.m. today, while the finals (top 16 finishers from the prelims) for all events will begin at 1 p.m.

Kent and Steele were among the 23 individuals and relay teams from northeast Indiana that advanced out of the prelims. That number would’ve been even higher, but seven swimmers and relays from the area finished as the first- or second-runner ups (17th and 18th place).

“I just wanted to get a solid spot going into tomorrow,” Kent said of his 200 IM race.

Kent is seeded fourth in that race and fifth in the 100 fly, while Steele was the second-fastest swimmer in the 100 back. Both just wanted to have nice, comfortable swims on Friday in preparation for the season finale today.

“We just wanted Jacob to get one of the top seeds and into one of the middle lanes for (the finals),” Snider coach Stephanie Jamison explained of their strategy for the Indiana University recruit.

Kent swam a 1:50.16, which met one of his goals, which was to beat his sectional time from last week (1:51.48). Northridge High School senior Spencer Lehman earned the top seed with a swim of 1:48.58, but Kent was pacing himself through his race.

“Once I got in and started swimming,” Kent explained, “I kind of felt how my body was.”

He described his swim as “controlled,” and he had plenty still in his tank at the end.

“I felt very controlled,” Kent said. “I feel really, really good and I could just cruise that last 50 (the freestyle leg of the race), not really push it and save a lot of energy for (the finals).”

Steele barely missed out on being the top seed, so he will be in lane 5 right next to top seed, Zionsville senior Tyler Harmon.

Harmon swam a 49.87, while Steele was just .03 slower.

“I thought Jacob looked good,” Jamison said. “His turns were a little close, but he said he was tired. He’s going to rest and then come back ready (Saturday).”

A number of notable swims took place Friday by a pair of Indianapolis-area swimmers.

Carmel junior Drew Kibler shattered a pair of IHSAA records in the 200 and 100 free races.

His time of 1:33.30 beat the old 200 free mark by nearly four seconds. It was the oldest existing record having been set in 2006. Kibler’s swim was the second fastest ever performed by a high school athlete in the nation.

He later set a new state meet record with a 43.25 in the 100 free event.

Also beating the old mark was defending state champ Zionsville junior Jack Franzman (43.44), who also set a new mark as the top seed in the 50 free (19.85).

That swim by Franzman was the ninth fastest by a high schooler ever. <br>

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