Boys Swim & Dive
Seniors Christopher Lee and Riddhi Garg each received most valuable athlete honors on Wednesday (March 24) at the Columbus North swimming team awards program.
Lee collected the boys’ top award for the second consecutive season, while Garg was cited for the first time in the gathering for the 2020-21 squad that was held in the Columbus North cafeteria.
Lee placed ninth in the 100-yard backstroke and 11th in the 50 freestyle in the 2021 IHSAA boys swimming State Finals with respective times of 50.81 and 21.18. He also joined with sophomore Daniel Utterback, junior Carlos Fabian Aguilar and junior David Fry on a 400 free relay that placed 14th in the state meet with a time of 3:13.36. In addition, Lee and sophomore Pratt Badve, Fry and junior Matthew Goble reached the state meet in the 200 medley relay and posted a mark of 1:38.20 in the preliminary round.
Garg, meanwhile, placed fourth in the 50 free in 24.68 and fourth in the 100 free in 55.10 in the Columbus North Sectional. She also helped the Bull Frogs’ to a sectional second-place finish in the 400 free relay and a fourth-place finish in the 200 medley relay with respective times of 3:49.81 and 1:54.60.
The Indiana University-bound Lee paced a boys’ team that finished second in Conference Indiana, second in the Columbus North Sectional and 23rd in the IHSAA State Finals. He set school records in his individual events as a junior – 49.57 in the 100 back and 20.61 in the 50 free.
Garg led a girls’ squad that placed fifth in the conference and third in the sectional.
Others recognized in the team awards program were Utterback, sophomore Karissa Bevis, senior DeShawn Austin and junior Emma Walker.
Utterback was winner of the boys’ Bull Frog Award, while Bevis received the girls’ Bull Frog Award.
Utterback qualified for state individually in the 200 free and 100 free, posting respective times of 1:44.91 and 47.34 in the state meet. He also swam on the 400 free relay and the 200 free relay that placed 15 th at state in 1:28.20.
Bevis placed seventh in the 50 free in 26.41 and 10th in the 100 free in 58.33 in the sectional. She also was a part of the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay that both placed fourth in the sectional. The 200 free relay time was 1:46.08.
Austin and Walker were recipients of the respective boys’ and girls’ Most Improved Awards. Austin, a diver, placed fourth in the sectional with 354.45 points and 16th in the regional with 238.60 points. Walker placed 15th in the 50 free in the sectional in 28.45.
Boys receiving varsity letters were seniors DeShawn Austin, Kyan Jiles, Christopher Lee and Aidan McAlister; juniors Carlos Fabian Aguilar, David Fry, Matthew Goble, Sam Settle and Cole Wheeler; sophomores Pratt Badve, MacLain Clock, Will Russell and Daniel Utterback; and freshmen Jude Abdullah, Conner Hoffman, Isaac Proffitt, Braden Seegers and Brock Smith.
Girls presented varsity letters were seniors Jocelyn Carroll, Maria Cena-Zavala, Riddhi Garg, Adeline Rush and Paige Sherlock; juniors Lauren Brault, Paige Maddox, Emily Martin, Brooke Meek and Emma Walker; sophomores Helen Alderfer, Karissa Bevis, Natalie Brown and Claire Bugert; and freshman Abbi Henderson.
Other boys in the program were juniors Umer Azeem and Lawrence DeLano as well as freshmen Mateo Gamez Lamadrid and Daniel Gutierrez.
Other girls in the program were senior Valeria Juarez; sophomores Zoe Bishop, Natalie Cross, Hailey Hardin and Karla Maldonado; and freshmen Haley Potter and Lydia Putney.