AHS Swim & Dive Teams Reflect on Season, Boys Work Towards State Finals

Josh Hartman | Reporter

With the current 2019-2020 swim season coming to a close, there are many achievements to look back on. Both the girls’ and boys’ teams had their own successes and even broke some records along the way.

Junior Hannah Jones swam a new record for the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.33, breaking her own previous 2019 record of 56.92. Jones currently holds three swim and dive records at AHS.

“The team performed very well,” Jones said. “We’ve had better years speed-wise with the seniors that had already graduated, but with the people we had this year, we made the most of it. Confidence and trust are important not only in sports, but life in general.”goggles

Jones has one more year left in her career as an Avon swimmer, and she looks to make her last season the most successful.

“[This season], we won one dual meet [and] had two relays, as well as two individual swims by me make it to State,” Jones said. “The boys won two relays at Sectionals and are swimming those at State. We also had five individual swims for the boys make it to State.”

Senior Charlie King is a swimmer on the boys’ team who looks to keep his momentum as they near state finals.

“The real energy that I manifest is from my teammates,” King said. “They are all so energetic and when we work together for one cause, there isn’t anything I can’t do.”

King talked about some of his personal achievements as well as the teams’ achievements.

“[I am the Hendricks] County Champion in the 200 Freestyle Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay on a team with Austin ToneyBrandon Rodriguez, and Maverick Bray,” King said.

King said that he looks to place in one of the top eight spots in both of his events and take his relays up to state finals.

“As we near the weekend [of State], I feel very confident because of my accomplishments this season,” King said.

The girls’ swim season has concluded, and the boys’ team looks ahead to State on Feb. 28 and 29.

Graphic by Morgan Jones.

Update (March 2, 2020): Over the weekend, Avon Swim & Dive teams competed at State. The boys’ Swim & Dive team results can be viewed here. The girls’ Swim & Dive team results can be viewed here.

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