INDIANAPOLIS — For three Greenfield-Central seniors, their upcoming race in heat three, lane seven of the 400 freestyle relay was potentially the last time they would represent the blue and gold.
And since the Cougars missed out on advancing to the championship round of the boys swimming state finals in their preceding six events Friday night, the 400 free relay was the last opportunity for G-C to extend its streak of Saturday appearances at the state finals to three years in a row.
So, in Bailey Willoughby’s terms, he and his fellow relay mates Patrick Stutz, Cody Wilburn and junior Drew Logan “got their minds together” and ended up saving their best for last, lowering their school record from 3:14.75 to 3:13.68, good enough for an 11th-place finish and a slot in the ‘B’ final today.
Places one through eight qualify for the championship round or ‘A’ final. Nine through 16 make the consolation or ‘B’ finals.
“We knew it was our last chance to make it to (today), so we had to put it all on the line,” said Willoughby, set to swim at Franklin College next year. “I think we accomplished that.”