Forrest Baumgartner broke the Culver Military 50-yard freestyle record during the Warsaw Sectional preliminaries on Friday with a time of 21.26 seconds. His record stood for all of 19 hours.
During the finals on Saturday, Baumgartner swam .01 of a second faster to lower his record to 21.25.
The 50 free was one of two events he won during Saturday’s sectional final. He also set a school record in the 100 freestyle, swimming 47.25 in the preliminaries, which were moved from Thursday to Friday due to heavy fog. Saturday, he nearly beat his time with a field best 47.34. The original 50 and 100 records were set in 2007 by Mauricio Krantzberg ’07.
Baumgartner, from nearby Argos, Indiana, has broken a total of seven records during his career. Both wins Saturday move the Eastern Illinois University commit on to the state finals in Indianapolis on Friday and Saturday. The finals will be conducted at the Indiana University Natatorium.
Baumgartner was also a member of the 400 freestyle relay team that came within just over a second of breaking the current CMA record. Finishing second, the team of Baumgartner, brothers Francis ’21 and Pierce Ellert ’18 (Culver), and Hoikei Pan ’19 (Shenzhen, China) dropped their Friday qualifying time of 3:27.06 by over eight seconds to 3:19.62, but the team from Columbia City edged them out at the finish, dropping its time by over 10 seconds to 3:17.76.
Only the winners of the swimming events and those making the state-set cut time advance from the sectionals to the state. Divers, including Theodore Mitz ’19 (Newburgh, Indiana), advance to the regionals after finishing fourth. The diving regional will be conducted at Mishawaka on Tuesday.
CMA finished third as a team with 290 points. Warsaw took the team title with 421 points and Columbia City was runner-up with 315.
Wrestlers make podium
Two CMA wrestlers reached the podium Saturday at the state finals. Mazona Bryant ’20 (Columbus, Ohio) finished third at 132 pounds and Adam Davis ’18 (Granger, Indiana) finished sixth at 138.
Bryant won his first match against Eli Dickens of Evansville Mater Dei by a pin in 50 seconds. He won his second match against Carter Noehre of Greenfield Central by a 10-6 decision; but lost his third match to eventual state champion Graham Rooks of Columbus East, 7-3. He won the match for third place by a 9-4 decision over Colin Kreitzer of Brownsburg. He finished the season 39-1.
Davis won his first match over Austin Moore of Central Noble by a 4-2 decision. He dropped his second match to Blake Mulkey of Brownsburg, 8-4; defeated Bryton Goering of Elkhart Memorial, 6-5; then lost to Connor Gimson of Jimtown, 5-4, to finish in sixth place. He finished with a record of 40-4. A Duchossois Scholar, Davis will continue his wrestling career at the United States Naval Academy.
The Culver Academies fencing team walked away from the Great Lakes Conference Championships Saturday with the boys overall title and a runner-up finish for the girls. Both the CMA and CGA sabre teams repeated as squad champions, with Jack Yan ’20 taking the boys individual sabre title.