Casares Thrilled With Saturday Morning Performance
Howard W. Hewitt - Canton, Ohio - Calling it "the best ever" Saturday performance, Little Giant Swim Coach Peter Casares was thrilled with his team's morning effort.
"We've trained for Saturdays for a couple of years," Casares said of the necessity to still swim fast after two days of the conference meet. "This morning was our best-ever effort in my years at Wabash."
It got off to a great start with the 200 backstroke. Tony Caldwell, Pat Laughlin, and Adam Petro were in the top eight times. Laughlin clocked in at 1:59.46, Caldwell at 1:57.62, and Petro was fourth fastest of the day at 1:56.03. Petro's time was just off the Wabash school record of 1:55.19 held by Jason Cain. Cain set his 1993 record at the NCAA championships.
Wabash will have five swimmers in the 100 free tonight led by Jordon Blackwell's :47.8, which was good enough for eighth place. Phillip Towne, Kyle Weaver, Blaine Cooper-Surma, and Nick Rockefeller placed in the top 24.
Wabash couldn't get a swimmer into the final eight of the breaststroke but did have three swimmers in the next eight. Brent Graham, Robert Dent, and Paul Wilson made the second group.
Freshman Adam Petro continues to shine at his first-ever NCAC meet. He posted the second fastest time in the 200 butterfly at 1:54.00 - easily reaching the "B" qualifying standard for Nationals and within reach of the 1:52.14 time which would earn him an automatic berth.
Robert Fozkos,has the 12th fastest time in the fly to join Petro in the finals.
The 400 relay might not have been as good as Casares had hoped but it still managed to qualify in the fifth spot. The relay consisted of freshmen Peter Hewitt, Matt Routh, and Nick Rockefeller along with senior Tony Caldwell.
In photos: Top left, Nick Rockefeller takes off for his leg of the 400 free relay. Lower right, assistant coach Kyle Dunaway keeps track of times for the Little Giants. To Dunaway's left is freshman Phillip Towne.