Jacobey Jones Advances To Regional As Swimmers Compete Well At Sectional

Posted on February 20, 2012 in Boy's Swimming, Winter Sports

By Chuck Landis clandis@chronicle-tribune.com www.chronicle-tribune.com

FISHERS – Oak Hill couldn’t have performed much better according to coach Mark Yordy in Saturday’s finals of the Hamilton Southeastern Sectional swimming and diving meet.

The Golden Eagles set a school record in the 200-yard freestyle relay, and diver Jacobey Jones advance to the regional with a second-place performance.

Best of all, they nearly snuck out a third-place team finish but finished 11 points behind state-ranked Anderson.

“We made Anderson sweat, which was fun,” Yordy said. “We had an unbelievable day and were ahead of Anderson until the last couple events. They were definitely worried about us.”

Jones advances to the Fishers Regional at 6 p.m. Tuesday with his runner-up finish behind Hamilton Southeastern’s Cody Coldron. Coldron finished with 504.60 points and Jones amassed 405.50 from the judges.

Oak Hill’s 200 freestyle relay of Collin Brown, Blair Said, Kegan Anderson and Grant Brown turned in a 1:31.03 and finished fourth in the finals. The previous record was 1:31.20 set last year with Drew Hobbs, Michael Daugherty, Collin Brown and Jake Althouse.

Marion’s Luke Lance had a good day with a fourth place in the 50 freestyle and fifth in the 100 backstroke. Lance swam a season-best 23.04 seconds in the freestyle and was 0.4 seconds off his school record in the backstroke set Thursday with a :56.83 clocking.

Neither Lance nor the Oak Hill relay team earned an automatic spot in Friday and Saturday’s IHSAA state finals. They will learn by this afternoon if their times are good enough to receive at-large berths.

First-place finishers in each swim event automatically qualify for state, and any swimmer who meets the state standard time in their event also gets a berth. Then, the next fastest times that would bring each event to 32 entrants will receive callbacks from the IHSAA.

No. 15-ranked Hamilton Southeastern easily won the team title with 527 points, followed by No. 10 Fishers with 381 and No. 25 Anderson with 281. Oak Hill collected 270 points, and Marion was eighth out of 10 teams with 85 points.

Jones had the best performance from an Eagles divers since Chris Simmons won the event in 2010. Although Jones was off his 495-point school record performance earlier this year in the Central Indiana Conference meet, diving coach Bobby Hart was pleased with Jones’ showing.

“He did well enough to beat the rest of the field except one guy,” Hart said. “But he was leading (Coldron) by eight points after five dives, and it should have been 18, and then he just cruised.”

Hart likes Jones’ chances of earning one of the eight available spots for the state finals at Tuesday’s regional.

Among Oak Hill individuals in the championship finals, Anderson was sixth in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly; Grant Brown was sixth in the 100 freestyle; Hobbs was seventh in the 100 breaststroke, and Collin Brown was eighth in the 200 freestyle. Diver Colton Bragg finished in seventh place.

In relay events, the 400 freestyle relay was fourth in 3:23.62 – six seconds better than Thursday’s prelims – and the 200 medley relay placed sixth.

Marion’s 200 freestyle relay finished sixth and the medley relay was seventh.


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