Four swimmers from Columbus helped Team Indiana win last weekend’s Mid-States Championships, a prestigious All-Star 14-and-under championship meet against teams from Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Kentucky.
Brady Beyer, Nalanie Cortez, Ashley Freel and Misha Machavariani represented Club Olympia.
Beyer won the 13-14 Boys 100 and 200 breaststroke, setting a meet and Indiana state record in the 200 breaststroke and moving from 10th to fifth in the nation for his age group. His time in the 100 breaststroke moved him into 25th in the nation and No. 1 in Indiana for 13-14 year-olds.
Beyer won a third gold medal by swimming the breaststroke leg on Team Indiana’s A 200 medley relay. He also finished second in the 400 individual medley (currently 20th in the nation) and the 1,650 freestyle, fourth in the 200 backstroke and ninth in the 200 butterfly.
Cortez, the second-highest point scorer for 13-14 Girls, won the 200 butterfly and 500 freestyle. She also took third in the 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 1,650 freestyle, as well as the 100 butterfly. Cortez swam the second-fastest split on the winning Team Indiana A 200 freestyle relay, which set a meet record.
Freel finished right behind Cortez in the 200 Freestyle, placing fourth. Machavariani scored in all three of his events, finishing in ninth in the 11-12 Boys 500 freestyle, 10th in the 50 breaststroke and 15th in the 200 freestyle.
Out of the 20 individual swims by the four swimmers from Club Olympia, 19 were personal-best times.