Central relay teams lead way to Twin City title
URBANA — Champaign Central won eight of the 12 events Thursday at the Twin City Championship boys’ swimming and diving meet, but that only skimmed the surface of what a deep Maroons roster accomplished.
Central produced 32 top-five finishes while rolling to a 157-point victory in the four-team meet at the Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center. The Maroons totaled 547 points to outdistance runner-up Centennial (390).
“Certainly, this is a meet where the whole team does play a part,” Central co-coach Tom Lockman said. “I think the depth is certainly a strong point of our team. We have a lot of guys that contribute.”
Recent extreme cold has played havoc with area athletic programs’ competition and training schedules, with the Maroons among those affected. Central had a meet canceled last Saturday, then did not practice on Monday and Tuesday when classes were canceled. That time off, Lockman said, forced a change of approach to this meet.
“We were just really focusing today on working with the guys not to concentrate on times but just get up and race,” Lockman said.
Central’s depth was particularly evident in the points-rich relay events. The Maroons finished 1-2-3 in the 200-yard freestyle relay, 1-2-4 in the 400 free relay and 1-2-5 in the 200 medley relay.
Central had similar dominating results in several individual events. Scott Wierschem led a 1-2-4 finish in the 100 free. Cam Barnard paced a 1-3-4 finish in the 100 butterfly. And Evan Miller was at the front of a 1-2-5 showing in the 100 breaststroke. The Maroons also placed 2-3-4 in the 500 free.
Isaac Kasten (diving) and Payton Woods (50 free) were Central’s other winners.
Five Maroons swam on two first-place relays: Barnard, Miller, Woods, Spencer Hays and Brandon Bell.
Evan Peirce was a two-event winner for Centennial, capturing the 200 and 500 freestyles. Logan Starks (200 individual medley) and Heath Rogers (100 backstroke) of the Chargers also placed first.