Another Year, Another Big Class for Wabash Swimming and Diving. The team has doubled in size in two years, with no signs of slowing down. We are very excited to have another large, talented, and excited group of young men joining the team. Without further ado, here are the new faces you can see making a big impact in the pool next year:
Jack Belford- Jack comes to Wabash out of Carmel High School. Jack finished in the Consolation Finals of the 500 Free at the IHSAA State Championships. Jack’s times places him just off school records in the 500 Freestyle and 400 IM. But, Jack’s 1000 and 1650 personal bests come in well under the school record in those events. Jack will also look to compete in the 200 Fly next year.
Josh Bleisch – Josh hails from Noblesville High School. At the IHSAA State Championships, Josh competed in the 100 breaststroke. Josh will help fill a strong lineup of Wabash breaststrokers with his prowess in both the 100 and 200. Josh is working on his freestyle sprinting as well. Josh’s breaststroke times will place him in the consolation heats at the NCAC Championships.
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Arturo Granados, – Arturo comes to Wabash from Cathedral High School in Indianapolis. Arturo finished 3rd at his sectional meet in the 500 freestyle, as well as touching the wall 4th in the 200 IM. He is also a distance swimmer who also focus on the 1650 and the 400 IM.
Clayton Highum – Clayton is the second of three Carmel swimmers joining the team next year. Clayton was a member of the state championship team for Carmel. Clayton comes in with times in the 100 and 200 fly and 400 IM that would place him in the consolation heats at the NCAC Championships.
Elliot Johns – Elliot Johns completes the trio of Carmel High School swimmers joining the squad next fall. Elliot competed in the 100 back and 200 Free at the IHSAA State Championships this year. He was also a member of the 400 Free Relay. Elliot can swim all freestyle distances as well as the backstroke events and will be a key member of the 2012-2013 squad.
Erik Kile, Greenfield IN – Erik Kile is a distance swimmer from Greenfield Central High School. Erik’s primary events are the 500 and 1650 freestyles, 400 IM, and 200 Butterfly.
Ivan Koutsopatriy – Ivan is leaving Eaton, Ohio for the great state of Indiana in a few months. Ivan is a relative novice in the sport. He is primarily a freestyle sprinter and will be looking forward to advancing his skills at the next level. At the Miami District II meet in Ohio, Ivan placed in the top 8 in the 50 freestyle.
Christian Lopac – Christian comes from Cokoto, MN which is about an hour outside of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Christian excels in the distance freestyle events, 400 IM and 200 Butterfly. Christian is also a fantastic writer.
Chris McGue- Chris McGue will follow in his father’s footsteps as a Wabash student. Chris has only been swimming for three years, but has developed quite a repertoire of events, being able to swim every distance of freestyle. Chris finished second in his sectional in the 50 freestyle and 3rd in the 100 freestyle. At the ISHAA State Championships, Chris was a member of Chesterton’s 200 and 400 Freestyle Relays. He will be a welcome addition to the team in the fall.
Dylan Miller – Dylan Miller hails from Milan, Michigan. Dylan is the ideal teammate and is able to swim both sprint and mid distance freestyle events. His versatility will provide much balance to the roster next year. Dylan competed in the 50 and 100 freestyle at the Michigan Division III state meet this past year. Dylan will also be graduating from high school this spring as one of the top students in his class.
Joel Paquin – Joel won’t be traveling too far from home next year when he sets foot on Wabash’s campus, as he hails from Brownsburg. Joel has an uncle that graduated from Wabash. Joel is a distance swimmer that swims the 200, 500, 1000, and 1650 freestyles. At his sectional meet, Joel finished in the top 5 in the 200 and 500 freestyle events. He is looking forward to being part of a large distance group this fall.