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February 23, 2014

Freeman advances to regionals

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – No area swimmers won championships at the Crawfordsville Sectional to advance to the state meet, but one diver did qualify for regional competition.

Kale Freeman, of Fountain Central took second in the 1-meter springboard event and doing so allows him to dive again on Thursday in the Brownsburg Regional.

The sophomore said that advancing was one of his goals for the season, but that he did not expect to get there this year.

“Last year I finished ninth and the pressure got to me,” Freeman said, “but today I just wanted to go out there and dive as well as I could.”

Asked whether his improvement came from doing dives better or tackling tougher dives, he said it was the latter.

“I added a two-and-a-half and a reverse one-and-a-half to what I do and it made a big difference,” he explained. “When you get the higher DD’s [degree of difficulty, the point value of a dive], the totals really add up.”

Freeman said he is excited about advancing, saying, “I’ve never been there so it’ll all be new to me, but I’ll just go and do my best and enjoy it.”

His teammate, Joe Nine, came the closest of any area swimmer to advance to the state meet as he took second in the 200 free. He was fourth in the 100 fly and helped the Mustangs to a pair of ninth-place finishes in the two free relays.

Fountain Central took ninth, behind the seventh place Seeger Patriots and eighth place Benton Central Bison.

The top finisher for the Bison was freshman Cameron Cripe in the 100 back.

Seeger’s Jayson Smith took third in the 500 free and Jarrett Smith of the Patriots took fourth in the 100 free. Those two combined with Solomon and Isaac Hunter to pick up a fifth in the 400 free relay and a seventh in the sprint relay.

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