INDIANAPOLIS — The moment was both bittersweet and educational.
When Greenfield-Central’s 400 freestyle relay exited the pool at Indiana University Natatorium Friday night in downtown Indianapolis, it marked the end of the careers of seniors Drew Logan and A.J. Shelton.
As the quartet, which included sophomore Jordan Cermak and freshman Allen Forbes, made their way back to their teammates after finishing 28th, Mark Logan watched the higher-seeded relays take to the pool. In the final heat, Chesterton’s 400 freestyle relay squad of Blake Pieroni, Ethan Whitaker, Patrick Curley and Aaron Whitaker set the pool aflame, clocking in at two minutes, 59.36 seconds. Chesterton’s time was not only well ahead of the state record the same four set at last winter’s State Finals — it was the second-fastest 400 freestyle time in high school history.
So while Mark Logan, G-C’s second year coach, watched his son, Drew, swim his final high school races Friday and also bid farewell to Shelton and fellow fourth-year Spencer Young — another senior, Nathan Graber, swam with the 200 freestyle relay Friday but is also competing in today’s diving finals — the elder Logan took solace in the fact that he had five underclassmen sitting on the bleachers behind him witnessing elite high school swimming. And he knows witnessing that excellence will fuel Forbes, Jacob Keener, Justin Miller, Isaak Tow and the rest of the Cougars, who will go for their fifth consecutive Hoosier Heritage Conference and sectional championships in 2014-15.