Zach Zeurcher invented the new breakfast of champions Saturday morning: a bowl of pasta, a raw egg, an orange, raspberries and wild grains--lots of grains. He then burned up all of the calories swimming just about as fast as he ever had.
"I had a lot of carbs," said the Hamilton Southeastern senior who won the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 42.69 seconds and helped boost the Royals to the IHSAA Swimming and Diving Fishers Sectional title by a wide margin over the host Fishers Tigers. "I wanted to win that."
Hamilton Southeastern won quite often, totaling 557.50 points to outdistance Fishers, which scored 390 points.
Boys across the state in 20 sectionals qualified swimmers for next Saturday's state championships at the IUPUI Natatorium. Competitors advanced to state automatically with victory in the 12 events, or by meeting predetermined times.
Sophomore Joe Young was also a cornerstone contributor to the Royals' triumph with a leg on the winning 200 medley relay, a victory in the 200 individual medley in 1:55.69, a second-place in the 100 backstroke that qualified for state, and a leg on the 400 free relay.
That relay saw winner Fishers and runner-up Hamilton Southeastern engage in one of the most suspenseful races with first-rate times of 3:10.07 and 3:10.25. Fishers anchor Davis Arick came from behind to out-touch the Royals' Noah Brenner.
Tigers coach Jay Chambers was surprised his guys -and their foes - were able to hit the wall so quickly. "We had to go that 3:10," Chambers said. "I can't believe Hamilton Southeastern went that fast."
Arick was the meet's sensation, though. The meet-ending 400 free relay was his fourth first-place. He performed the same trick in the 200 free relay, also coming from behind on the last leg, and that was after he won the 50 free in a scorching 20.49 seconds and the 100 free in 46.09.
Four swimmers dipped under the state cut time in the 50, with the Royals' Rick Kelley and Pendleton Heights' Logan Kisinger tying for second in 21.64 and Jacob Shemon of Fishers clocking 21.68.
"The 50 was better than I was hoping to do," Arick said. "Everything just came together. It feels good. I think I've got more in me in the 100."
The Purdue-bound senior said he had hit a plateau and said "everyone told me it was out of reach" for him to swim so swiftly in the 50. "If you told me five months ago I could do it, I wouldn't have believed you."
IHSAA Swimming and Diving Fishers Sectional
(First Place and Select Times Automatic State Qualifiers)
Teams: 1. Hamilton Southeastern 557.50; 2 Fishers 390; 3. Pendleton Heights 279.50; 4. Yorktown 248; 5. Oak Hill 224; 6. Anderson 210; 7. Elwood Community 64; 8. Marion 48; 9. Liberty Christian 40.
200-yard medley relay: 1) HSE (Joe Young, Rick Kelley, Jackson Russell, Noah Brenner), 1 minute 34.46 seconds 2) FISH (Chris Cutter, Chance Harms, Luke Ingram, Jacob Shemon), 1:37:18.
200 free: 1) Zack Zeurcher, HSE, 1:42.69; 2) Luke Johnson HSE, 1:42.90; 3. Chris Cutter, FISH, 1:44.13.
200 IM: 1) Joe Young, HSE, 1:55.69.
50 free: 1) Davis Arick, FISH, 20.49; 2 (tie). Rick Kelley, HSE, 21.64; 2 (tie) Logan Kisinger, PEND, 21.64; 4. Jacob Shemon, FISH, 21.68.
1-meter diving: 1) Cody Coldren, HSE, 541.25 points.
100 fly: 1) Michael Masters, HSE, 52.20; 2) Rick Kelley, HSE, 52.22.
100 free: 1) Davis Arick, F, 46.09; 2) Noah Brenner, HSE, 47.32.
500 free: 1) Nick Pfanstiel, HSE, 4:41.25.
200 free relay: 1) FISH (Chance Harms, Jacob Shemon, Brad Jacobs, Davis Arick), 1:26.51; 2) HSE (Quinn Teague, Zach Zeurcher, Tom Cross, Luke Johnson), 1:26.71.
100 backstroke: 1) Noah Brenner, HSE, 51.90; 2) Joe Young, HSE, 52.15: 3) Chris Cutter, FISH, 52.19.
100 breaststroke: Jackson Russell, HSE, 59.71.
400 free relay, 1) FISH, (Chris Cutter, Jacob Shemon, Brad Jacobs, Davis Arick), 3:10:07; 2) HSE (Luke Johnson, Joe Young, Zach Zeurcher, Noah Brenner), 3:10.25.