Hacker's fourth best HNHS finish at swim sectional finals

Huntington North sophomore Zane Cozad competes in the finals of the 500-yard freestyle at the Warsaw Boys' Swim Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 22. Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North junior Walter Hacker captured fourth place in the 100-yard butterfly to record the Vikings' best finish of the day at the finals of the Warsaw Boys' Swim Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Hacker touched the wall in :58.71, but despite his high placing, only race winners or those swimmers who meet the state standard times advance to the state finals, which are set for Saturday, March 1, at the Indiana-Purdue University Natatorium, in Indianapolis.

Hacker also competed in the 100-yard backstroke, taking eighth in 1:01.44 to help Coach Mycal Rodenbeck's squad take fifth at the meet with 161 points.

In the 200-yard medley relay, Hacker teamed with junior Josh Young, sophomore Zane Cozad and freshman Cody Barton to earn sixth in 1:49.90. The quartet earned the same placing in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:40.68.

Cozad recorded a pair of seventh place finishes for Huntington North, swimming the 200 and 500-yard freestyles in 2:00.57 and 5:27.02, respectively, while Young snagged seventh in the 100 butterfly in 1:02.46 and eighth in the 50-yard freestyle in :23.96 to round out Huntington North's finals competitors.

Warsaw Community won the meet with a register of 515, followed by Culver Academies' 307, Rochester Community's 288, Columbia City's 199 and the Vikings' 161 to complete the top five.

Adding to Huntington North's point total in consolation races were freshman Cody Barton's ninth and 12th place finishes in the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard freestyle, respectively, junior Nathan Lundy's 12th in the 200-yard individual medley and 15th in the 100 butterfly, Koons' 16th in the 500 free as well as the 10th place finish earned by the 200-yard freestyle relay squad of Lundy, Koons and sophomores Nathan Park and Gunnar Wibel.