For The Tribune
Jon Montgomery came into the IHSAA State Boys Swimming and Diving Championship on Friday hoping to swim a personal best in the 50-yard freestyle.
The Seymour senior did just that at the Indiana University Natatorium at IUPUI. He finished in 22.12 seconds, shaving two-tenths of a second off the lifetime-best he set in last week’s sectional.
“It was exciting,” Montgomery said. “I’m glad to be here and swim with some of the fastest people in the state. I think they pushed me to cut what time I did.”
Montgomery’s time was good enough for 27th out of the 32 competitors entered in the event. He came in seeded 31st.
“I’m definitely happy about that,” Montgomery said. “But for me, this was more cutting time for myself. Everybody else did more here in my mind to push me.”
The top eight qualified for today’s finals, while the next eight made the consolation heat.
“I was definitely nervous, but I used that in my sprinting to help me get my heart rate up,” he said. “I was nervous, but I was also confident.”
“We just wanted to come up here and drop time,” Seymour coach Dave Boggs said. “He looked good it the water.”