Brady Beyer and Nalanie Cortez, swimmers for Club Olympia Swim Team, contributed to Team Indiana’s 500 point victory over the Ohio Mid State All Stars at the 2019 Mid-States All-Star Championships last weekend (January 5-6) in Indianapolis. The best swimmers aged 9-14 years old from Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Kentucky were invited to compete in three age groups by gender: 10&Under, 11-12 and 13-14. Club Olympia head coach, Jennifer Brinegar, was Team Indiana’s coach for the 11-12 age group. While Lily Christianson (12), from Irish Aquatics, led the way for Team Indiana with six individual wins and five meet records in the 11-12 age group, Beyer and Cortez, both just 13, scored significant points for Team Indiana in both individual events and on relays. Beyer scored in all of his races ending up with a total of 63 points. He placed second in the 13-14 Boys 200 Breaststroke in a 2:10.25. His best time of 2:10.19 currently ranks him fifth in the U.S. among 13 year old boys. Beyer also was fourth in the 100 Breaststroke in a 1:01.31 (10th fastest in the nation) and the 400 Individual Medley (IM) in a 4:18.58, those times rank him 10th and 17th fastest in the nation, respectively. He was ninth in the 200 IM in a 2:02.62, thirteenth in the 200 Butterfly in a 2:07.79, and fourteenth in the 200 Backstroke in a 2:05.55. Beyer swam on Team Indiana’s B Team for the 200 Medley Relay, which placed tenth. Cortez also scored in all of her races, ending up with 68 points for Team Indiana by finishing in fourth in the 13-14 Girls 200 Butterfly in a 2:09.63, sixth in the 200 Freestyle in a 1:56.09 and 200 IM in a 2:10.97, eighth in the 100 Freestyle in a 53.27 and 100 Butterfly in a 58.95, and twelfth in the last event of the two-day meet in the 500 Freestyle in a 5:15.86. She was on Team Indiana’s A Team which won the 200 Freestyle Relay and she was on the B Team that placed sixth in the 200 Medley Relay.
In the attached picture, Brady and Nalanie are with Blake Pieroni (Olympic Gold Medalist, NCAA Champion in the 2018 400 Medley Relay for Indiana Univeristy, U.S. National Team member, currently training with IU’s pro team and competing for Mission Viejo Nadadores) and Margo Geer (NCAA Champion in the 2014 100 Freestyle for the University of Arizona, Silver Medalist in the 2018 Pan Pac Championships in the 400 Freestyle Relay, currently training with IU’s pro team and competing for Mission Viejo Nadadores). Pieroni and Geer were brought in by USA Swimming and Indiana Swimming to do a team activity with the swimmers after Saturday’s events were finished.