New Palestine diver Colin Stacey claimed a sectional championship, leading the Dragons to a fourth-place finish in Saturday’s IHSAA boys swimming sectional at NPHS.
Stacey, a junior, tallied 462.4 points in the diving competition, winning by a large margin over runner-up Quinton Jones of Connersville (368.45). He will compete in Tuesday’s diving regional at Plainfield.
The Dragons tallied 269 points to finish fourth. Greenfield-Central won the title with 453.5 points, ahead of Mt. Vernon (409) and Richmond (271). NP finished ahead of fifth-place Connersville (212), as well as Eastern Hancock (180), New Castle (143.5), Centerville (119) and Hagerstown (67).
The Dragons’ top finishers in the swimming events were the three relays, all of which finished fourth. Marlon Cabrera, Chase Siler, Tyler Corey and Jackson Schwartz swam the 200 medley relay in 1:47.27. Damon Estes, Siler, Ben Miesse and Kyle Ellis posted a time of 1:38.76 in the 200 free relay. Corey, Schwartz, Cabrera and Estes posted a time of 3:36.45 in the 400 free relay.
Corey was fifth in the 50 freestyle (23.75) and sixth in the 100 freestyle (52.72). Schwartz had the Dragons’ other top-five finish, placing fifth in the 100 freestyle (51.8). He also was eighth in the 200 freestyle (1:58.5).
Austin Lines was sixth in diving (256.6).
Cabrera had a seventh-place finish in the 100 butterfly (59.14). He was also eighth in the 100 backstroke (1:00.99). Ben Miesse had an eighth-place finish in the 100 butterfly (1:01.05).
Estes also had an eighth-place finish in the 50 freestyle (24.36). He placed 10th in the 100 freestyle (53.90).
Several other Dragons also placed in the top 16.
Siler finished ninth in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.81) and was 11th in the 200 IM (2:19.1). Ellis had a 10th-place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.00). Darrell Drake was 10th in diving (168.5). Miesse placed 11th in the 200 freestyle (2:01.46). Anthony Stultz was 15th in the 100 backstroke (1:06.99).