Will Modglin Hits 45.09 100 Back And 52.92 100 Breast At Indiana Senior Champs

2023 Indiana Senior Short Course Championships

  • March 9-12, 2023
  • Pike High School, Indianapolis, IN
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Results on MeetMobile: “2023 ISI Senior Short Course Championships”

The 2023 Indiana Senior Short Course Championships wrapped up a week ago at Pike High School in Indianapolis. Many athletes who competed were coming off the Indiana High School State Championship meet, which finished up less than a month before.

Highlighting the competition on the men’s side was seven-time high school state champion and Texas commit Will Modglin from Zionsville Swim Club. Modglin took on a full schedule of six individual events, including the 100 backstroke which is the event he recently broke National High School record in. Modglin posted a 45.09 in finals, putting him just a hundredth shy of the record he set at the High School State meet. 

Modglin showcased his versatility with events like the 100 breaststroke, where he clocked a personal best time by over a second to win in 52.92. He also notched a personal best time in the 200 freestyle by nearly two seconds to post a 1:35.96, and a best time by about half a second in the 100 free (43.27). 

Rounding out his victories was the 50 free, where he undercut his personal best by less than a tenth (19.56), and the the 100 fly, which was the only event besides the 100 backstroke that he added time in (47.77).

Other standout athletes on the boys’ side included Highland Hurricanes’ Josh Bey, who won the 400 IM (3:50.09), 200 breast (1:57.31), and 200 IM (1:49.10). His 400 IM was a PB by four seconds, while his 200 breaststroke was a two second time drop. Additionally, he notched best times in the 100 fly (50.41) and 100 back (50.05), taking three seconds off in both. 

Fisher Area’s Luke Whitlock was another multiple event-winner for the boys, as he swept the distance freestyle events. The Louisville recruit took nearly 10 seconds off his PB in the 1650 to win the event by well over thirty seconds (15:01.79). He also clocked a PB in the 500 free at 4:20.05, taking over three seconds off his previous best from Winter Juniors. Rounding out his victories was the 1000, where he stopped the clock at 9:06.21, which is  just shy of what he took his 1650 out in.

David Kovacs from Indiana Swim Club also had an outstanding meet. Highlighting his weekend was his victories in the 200 fly and 200 backstroke, where he won both in personal best times by over two seconds. In the 200 back, Kovacs logged a 1:45.83, which moves him to 23rd all-time among 15-year-old boys. He clocked a 1:48.61 in the 200 fly, bringing him under the 1:50-barrier for the first time.

Lily Christianson from Irish Aquatics headlined the girls’ side of the meet with six individual victories of her own. Christianson was recently crowned the Indiana High School State Champion in the 100 free and took runner-up in the 50. She took on both events again at this meet, clocking a 22.35 in the 50 and a 48.99 in the 100 to put her within less than half a second of the PBs she set in February. 

In addition to sprint freestyle, Christianson also swept the breaststroke events. She took nearly eight seconds off her previous best time in the 200 breast to post a 2:13.87, while in the 100 she clocked a season best time of 1:01.75. 

Christianson, who is committed to NC State, finished off her weekend with a best time in the 100 fly (53.79), and a season best time in the 200 IM (2:01.23). 

15-year-old Julie Mishler from Fisher’s Area Swimming was runner-up to Christianson in the sprint events, with her 100 free in finals taking her under the 50-second barrier for the first time (49.75). Mishler secured a victory of her own in the 100 backstroke, notching a personal best by half a second for a 54.59.

Mary Elizabeth Cespedes from Valparaiso Swim Club did not win any events, but was runner-up in both breaststroke races with huge personal best times. Cespedes, who is committed to Indiana, dropped over two seconds in the 100 breast (1:02.14) and over seven seconds in the 200 breast (2:14.85). Additionally, she took four seconds off her 400 IM (4:38.70) and over two seconds in the 200 IM (2:10.80).

Rounding out the top performers on the girls’ side was Auburn commit Audrey Crawford. Crawford dominated the 400 IM to win by nearly six seconds, as she posted a final time of 4:16.95. The swim was a huge drop also, as she beat her previous best time by nearly five seconds. She also took runner-up in the 100 backstroke with a best time of 55.12, and 3rd in the 50 free with a PB of 23.22.

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