The Harrison boys swimming team is sending nine swimmers to the state meet this weekend at the IUPUI Natatorium.
The Raiders have swimmers in four different events.
The 200 Medley Relay with Sam Arvin,Luke Johnson, John Roop, and Noah Javens, the 200 Freestyle with John Roop, the 200 Freestyle Relay with Joseph Fraseur, Luke Johnson, John Roop, and Noah Javens, and the 500 Freestyle with John Roop.
Although the 200 Medley Relay team finished in second at sectionals last weekend, they still managed to break the school record with a time of 1:37.94.
“Last year the Medley Relay team missed the school record by 0.01 seconds, and it feels great to help the relay this year finally break the record.” said senior Sam Arvin. “It is exciting knowing what potential we have going into state.”
Junior Noah Javens described the feeling as “crazy thinking about, but it is pretty cool too.”
The 200 Medley Relay team is ranked 21st in the state, while the 200 Freestyle Relay team is ranked 25th.
Standout junior John Roop is ranked in both of his individual events.
Roop comes in as 9th in the 200 Freestyle and 17th in the 500 Freestyle.
Roop has now made it to the state meet three consecutive years and is competing in four events this year, the most a swimmer can do.
Going to state means so much to each swimmer but it means the most to senior Joseph Fraseur who is swimming in the state meet for the first time in his career .
“It means that four years of hard work have paid off and that buying into the training system and trusting my coaches worked.” said Fraseur. “I’m very excited for the state meet to be able to swim with my friends/teammates and compete at the highest level of high school sports while also celebrating my swimming career at HHS.”
State preliminaries are Friday February 24th and the top 16 in each event will advance to the state finals on Saturday.