WARSAW — Columbia City’s boys swim team came away with the sectional runner-up title in Warsaw Saturday and multiple swimmers are advancing to the state finals.
Warsaw won the team event, scoring 421 points to Columbia City’s 315. Culver Academies came in third with 290 points.
Matt Webber won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:46.29, advancing him to state. Webber finished second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 49.47. The state qualifying time is 47.42.
Aaron Fix won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 54.95, over two seconds faster than his opponent from Rochester. Telly Varga took eighth and Caden Ferguson finished 13th in the event.
The Eagles’ 400-yard freestyle relay team of Webber, Ryan Devito, Fix and Charlie Varga won the sectional with a time of 3:17.76
Devito took a close second in the 100-yard butterfly, losing to Warsaw’s Ian Deming by four-tenths of a second with a time of 53.73. The state qualifying time is 51.48 seconds.
Devito also took a close second in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing less than three seconds behind his Rochester opponent with a time of 4:58.88. Teammate Brian Fix came in ninth in the event.
The Eagles’ 200-yard freestyle relay team of Devito, Webber, Aaron Fix and Charlie Varga came in second with a time of 1:29.04, falling to Warsaw, which finished in 1:28.74.
Aaron Fix finished second in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:07.16, just four seconds behind the first place swimmer from Warsaw. Josh Shawver came in 14th in the event.
Telly Varga placed sixth and Joey More came in eighth in the diving event.
Charlie Varga finished fifth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.67. Maxwell Joseph placed 13th in the event. Varga also took fifth in the 100 freestyle.
Brian Fix placed 11th in the 200 freestyle and Joey More came in 14th.
Maxwell Joseph finished eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke.
The 200-yard medley relay team of Telly Varga, Caden Ferguson, Maxwell Joseph and Brian Fix placed sixth with a time of 1:54.05.
Webber, Devito, Aaron Fix and Charlie Varga will compete in the state finals at Indiana University Natatorium, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Prelims are 6 p.m. Feb. 23 and finals begin at 9 a.m. Feb. 24.