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CN's Taylor sets state record in 100 breaststroke
March 2, 2014Columbus North High School
INDIANAPOLIS -- Senior Cody Taylor set a state record in one event, placed second in another event and helped two relays to runner-up finishes Saturday (March 1), leading the Columbus North boys swimming team to a fourth-place finish in the IHSAA State Finals.
Senior Sam Loescher also produced two top-five finishes for the Bull Frogs, who totaled 133 points as a team.
Chesterton won the team title with 240 points. Avon was second with 198 followed by Penn with 187 and Columbus North. Carmel was fifth with 124, while Bloomington South (115), Hamilton Southeastern (109), Northridge (107), Zionsville (105) and Fort Wayne Carroll (84) rounded out the top 10.
The team crown was the second in a row for the Trojans and their fourth in seven seasons.
Taylor successfully defended his championship in the 100-yard breaststroke, winning in a state-record time of 54.24 seconds. That broke the record of 54.56 he set in the preliminaries on Friday. On Friday, Taylor broke a mark of 54.82 set by Tyler Lemert of Fort Wayne Concordia in 2007.
Taylor also was runner-up in the 200 individual medley in 1:48.35. Chesterton senior Blake Pieroni, the defending champion, won that race in 1:46.83.
Loescher placed fourth in the 100 free in 45.87 and fifth in the 50 free in 21.09. Pieroni became a third-time champion in the former race in 43.81, while Zionsville junior Kyle DeCoursey captured the latter dash in 20.59.
Two Columbus North relays also posted second-place efforts.
The 400 free relay of Loescher, junior Matt Freudenthaler, sophomore Chase McQueen and Taylor finished in 3:07.27, behind only Chesterton's 3:01.65.
Taylor, Freudenthaler, McQueen and Loescher teamed for a 1:25.05 clocking in the 200 free relay. That mark tied with an Evansville Memorial quartet for second place, less than a half second behind Penn's winning time of 1:24.65.
Taylor's state record was one of four set Saturday. Chesterton senior Aaron Whitaker set two records, 46.31 in the 100 butterfly and 47.06 in the 100 backstroke in defending his titles in both events. He also was joined by Jack Waller, Pieroni and Gary Kostbade in setting a mark of 1:29.64 in the 200 medley relay.
Two additional records set Friday withstood Saturday's swims. Pieroni won the 100 free title but had a faster time of 43.52 in the preliminaries. The Chesterton 400 free relay prevailed Saturday, but it had a better mark of 2:59.36 in the prelims.
Other state champions included Avon junior Parks Jones in the 200 free (1:37.11), Hamilton Southeastern senior Cody Coldren in diving (536.20) and Penn junior Bowen Anderson in the 500 (4:25.01).
Pieroni was chosen winner of the Herman F. Keller Mental Attitude Award. Pieroni owns a 3.87 grade-point average and is a member of National Honor Society, Campus Life, Interact Club, Spanish Club and Student Athletic Council. He will attend Indiana University on a swimming scholarship and study biology.
At Natatorium at IUPUI
Top 20 teams: Chesterton 240, Avon 198, Penn 187, Columbus North 133, Carmel 124, Bloomington South 115, Hamilton Southeastern 109, Northridge 107, Zionsville 105, Carroll (Fort Wayne) 84, Franklin 79, Homestead 72, Munster 66.5, West Lafayette 66, Jeffersonville 61, Evansville Memorial 59, Castle 50, Valparaiso 46, South Bend St. Joseph 38, Center Grove 37.
200 Medley Relay: 1, Chesterton (Aaron Whitaker, Jack Waller, Blake Pieroni, Gary Kostbade) 1:29.64 (state record; old record 1:30.65, Chesterton, 2014 prelims).
200 Freestyle: 1, Parks Jones (Avon) 1:37.11
200 Individual Medley: 1, Blake Pieroni (Chesterton) 1:46.83; 2, Cody Taylor (CN) 1:48.35.
50 Freestyle: 1, Kyle DeCoursey (Zionsville) 20.59; 5, Sam Loescher (CN) 21.09.
1-Meter Diving: 1, Cody Coldren (Hamilton Southeastern) 536.20.
100 Butterfly: 1, Aaron Whitaker (Chesterton) 46.31 (state record; old record 46.61 by Whitaker, 2014 prelims).
100 Freestyle: 1, Blake Pieroni (Chesterton) 43.81; 4, Sam Loescher (CN) 45.87.
500 Freestyle: 1, Bowen Anderson (Penn) 4:25.01.
200 Freestyle Relay: 1, Penn (Mate Kovacs, Bowen Anderson, Hudson Bersch, Adam Wait) 1:24.65; 2 (tie), Columbus North (Cody Taylor, Matt Freudenthaler, Chase McQueen, Sam Loescher) 1:25.05; 2 (tie), Evansville Memorial (Mitch Sullivan, Eric Klipsch, Jacob Wininger, Brooks Logan) 1:25.05.
100 Backstroke: 1, Aaron Whitaker (Chesterton) 47.06 (state record; old record, 47.29 by Whitaker, 2013).
100 Breaststroke: 1, Cody Taylor (CN) 54.24 (state record; old record 54.56 by Taylor, 2014 prelims).
400 Freestyle Relay: 1, Chesterton (Blake Pieroni, Ethan Whitaker, Patrick Curley, Aaron Whitaker) 3:01.65; 2, Columbus North (Sam Loescher, Matt Freudenthaler, Chase McQueen, Cody Taylor) 3:07.27.