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This past weekend Club Olympia Swim Team competed alongside 19 other teams from Southeastern Indiana in the SE Divisionals Championships hosted by the Center Grove Aquatics Club at Center Grove High School.  Divisionals Weekend is the first of three consecutive championship weekend meets conducted by Indiana Swimming which also includes Senior State Weekend (qualified swimmers 15 & Over or younger qualified swimmers who may choose to compete against the older swimmers) and Age Group State Weekend (qualified swimmers 14 and under).  

Sixty-one Club Olympia swimmers participated at the SE Divisionals giving them a final opportunity to meet the time standards for AGS and/or SRS.  Club Olympia swimmers achieved personal best times in 127 of their 205 swims throughout the weekend.  Nine Club Olympia athletes achieved state qualifying times in 11 individual events and two relay events.  

Club Olympia now has 22 individual swimmers qualified in over 85 individual events and multiple relays for Senior State being held this weekend at Pike High School and Age Group State next weekend at the I.U. Natatorium.  

During the SE Divisionals meet, Club Olympia swimmers climbed the podium with top 3 finishes in 15 individual events winning four events outright with six second place silver finishes and five third place bronze finishes.  The club’s relay teams took two Gold Medals and four Bronze.

Swimmers achieving their first state qualifying cut times of the year were Chad Pendleton (8) 100 and 200 Free, Aahan Gupta (9) 100 Fly, Vivan Shah (9) 50 Back, all competing in the 10&U age group, and Cavan Stilson in the 15-18 age group 50 Free.  Adding to their already extensive list of state qualified events were Brady Beyer in the 100 Fly, Todd Hundley in the 100 Back, Camila Mejia Murguia in the 50 Back, Lily Pendleton in the 50 Free, and Josh Pendleton in the 200 Back.  The 10&U Boys relay team of Vivan Shah, Aahan Gupta, Shreyan Kulkarni, and Chad Pendleton qualified for the Age Group State Championships in the 200 Medley and 200 Free relays.

First place Gold Medal event winners for the weekend included Todd Hundley in the 100 Back and 400 IM, Lilly Pendleton in the 50 Free and 100 Breast, and the 10&U Boys relay team of Shah, Gupta, Kulkarni, and Pendleton who took first in both the 200 Free and Medley Relays.

Second place Silver Medal Winners were Gupta in the 100 Fly, Kulkarni in the 500 Free, Lily Pendleton in the 50 Breast and 100 Back, Camila Mejia Murguia in the 200 IM, Hundley in the 400 IM, and Josh Pendleton in the 200 Back.

Third place Bronze Medal Winners were Rebeca Mejia Murguia in the 200 IM, Lily Pendleton in the 50 Back, Shah in the 50 Back and 100 Back, and Chad Pendleton in the 50 Back.

In addition to the 10&U Boys gold medal relay team, the 10U girls, 11-12 Boys, and 11-12 Girls relay teams all claimed Bronze medal third place finishes.

Other top 8 medal individual event winning finishes during the weekend were turned in by Sanaa Kulkarni, Ty Maher, Emily Meek, Luke Miller, Annie Murer, Brooklyn Pendleton, Keaton Stephenson, Cavan Stilson and Xavier Zhang, as well as both the boys and girls 15-18 relay teams.