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This past weekend 50 Club Olympia athletes competed in Indiana Swimming’s Southeast Divisional Championships at Center Grove High School. Divisional meets are the first in a series of annual championship meets at the end of the Short Course season with increasingly difficult qualifying standards which progress up through Senior State Championships and, for some swimmers, the Speedo Sectionals, which are USA Swimming’s regional championships. The SE Divisional invites 20 teams from the southeast corner of Indiana, including the highly competitive teams from Franklin and Center Grove, all hoping their swimmers...

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Three Club Olympia athletes competed this past weekend in a four-day meet hosted by The Swim Team (TST) Barracudas at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, California. Josh Pendleton (11), Tony Machavariani (9) and Shreyan Kulkarni (9) met the meet’s tough time standards and were able to compete against some of California’s and the Western United States’ best age group swimmers in the International Swim Coaches Association’s (ISCA) West Coast Elite Showcase Classic. TST Barracudas is the team where Columbus, Indiana resident Brady Beyer currently is training. The three...

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Club Olympia Swim team members took part in two competitions last weekend in Fishers. Fishers was one of the regional sites for the 18-and-under National Championships. Brady Beyer, a 15-year-old sophomore at Columbus East, won the 200-yard breaststroke and 100 breaststroke for the Fishers site. He had six top-five finishes and made the finals in all eight of his events. Nalanie Cortez, a 15-year-old sophomore at Columbus North, won the 200 butterfly and 100 freestyle for the Fishers site. She had five top-five finishes and made the finals in all...

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Club Olympia swimmers competed in the Santa Claus Classic, also at Fishers, against clubs from Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. Tony Machavariani won the 8-and-under 25 freestyle, 25 breaststroke, 50 backstroke, 50 butterfly, 100 freestyle, 25 backstroke, 50 breaststroke, 50 freestyle and 25 butterfly, placing in the top five for 10U in three of those events. He has Indiana Divisional qualifying times in nearly all of his 10U events. Josh Pendleton won the 10U 200 individual medley, 200 freestyle, 50 freestyle, 50 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly. He has qualified...

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Earlier this fall, Club Olympia competed in the Michiana Meet at Northridge High School against teams from northern Indiana and Michigan. With 20 swimmers, Club Olympia finished third behind Michiana and Northridge, both of which had more than 50 swimmers. Freel led Club Olympia with 157 points on nine first-place and one second-place finish in her 10 events. Tony Machavariani and Josh Pendleton each scored 144 points on nine wins in their 10 events. Westphal won three events and scored 134 points. Cortez scored 128 points on two firsts and...

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Three COST swimmers returned to competition for the first time since last high school season in last weekend’s Return to the Nat meet at IUPUI’s Indiana University Natatorium. Entries were limited to 50 swimmers for each of the three sessions per day. Club Olympia swimmers Brady Beyer, Nalanie Cortez and Ashley Freel competed in the session for Speedo Sectional qualifiers. Beyer led Club Olympia with first-place finishes in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200 breaststroke, swimming a personal-best time in the 100. Beyer also placed third in the 200 backstroke, fourth...