Ranked No. 7 in the preseason state poll, the Center Grove High School boys swimming and diving team has won 27 consecutive sectional championships.
With a wealth of returning state meet qualifiers, the Trojans are confident of making it 28 in a row. They are tied with Munster for the most consecutive boys swimming and diving team sectional titles — a streak that began in 1986.
Center Grove placed 13th at last year’s state meet.
The Trojans return a veteran lineup that includes state qualifiers Daniel O’Brien (backstroke, relays), Jake Eckert (200 individual medley, butterfly), Chase Bettner (relays) and senior diver Josh Carmichael.
Although the 15th-ranked Grizzly Cubs lost their top swimmer to graduation, four-time state qualifier Alex Grissom (DePauw), the reigning Mid-State Conference champions have good reason for optimism.
The Cubs return state qualifiers Adam Destrampe (200 and 500 freestyle, relays) and 200 and 400 relay members Daniel Rice and Clayton Culp.
Taking over for Brett Findley is first-year coach Zachary Dewitt, who was an assistant at Martinsville for five years.
“It’s no secret that Center Grove has had a stranglehold on the sectional for a couple decades,” Dewitt said. “But we wouldn’t be doing ourselves any favors if we didn’t aim to bring the trophy to the east side of Johnson County.”
Fifth-year coach Chas Grimm is searching for the best lineup for the coming season.
Although the Woodmen lost two of their top swimmers to graduation and will be young, they return three veterans, seniors Austin Schlenz (200 IM, breastroke, relays) and Sam Hicks (butterfly, relays), and junior Tanner Stout (500 freestyle).
Greenwood finished seventh in last year’s 11-team Franklin sectional.
Coach Brad Smith returns for his 18th year for the Braves.
Indian Creek’s top returner is junior Levi Brock, who finished second in the 100 breaststroke at last year’s sectional, less than two seconds off the winning pace of Center Grove’s Rawley Davis. Brock also competes in relays.
Also back are juniors Jacob Herron (relays), Trey Shepard (100, 200 freestyle) and sophomore Shawn Weddle (butterfly, relays).
The Braves placed fifth at last year’s sectional.
Most of last year’s primary scorers return for 12th-year coach Tom Addington.
The Warriors placed sixth in the sectional last season.
Top returners include seniors Jacob Walls (50 freestyle, breaststroke) and Taylor Rupard (relays); juniors Nick Evans (50, 100 freestyle, relays) and Jacob Wolfla (500 freestyle); and sophomore Lucas Kovacs (200 IM, butterfly).
Freshmen Tadd Halle, Mark Miler, Kyle Timmins and Dylan Winchester are expected to contribute.