Ten swimmers from the Hudson Explorers Aquatic Team competed in the Central Zone age 14-and-younger Mega Zone Meet Aug. 4 through 7 at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Natatorium.
"This is an all-star type meet that swimmers must attain a pretty high qualifying standard to participate," HEAT head coach Matt Davis said. "We were very excited to have 10 of our age-group swimmers qualify and attend the meet. This was the most we have ever had in a single year that qualified."
Hudson resident Paige McCormick, 14, set team records in four events. McCormick placed first in the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 4 minutes, 25.79 seconds, the 200 individual medley in 2:21.79 and the 400 IM in 4:58.13 and 10th in the 100 freestyle in 59.66.
McCormick also set Central Zone meet records with her swims in the 200 IM and 400 IM and earned the meet's High Point Award for the girls 13-and-14 age group.
"Paige had a tremendous meet and entire summer," Davis said. "Winning and setting records at a meet like this shows that she is one of the top swimmers in the country."
Hudson resident Lucy Reber, 12, set a team record in the 50 backstroke with a time of 32.9 and finished 19th.
"Lucy is quiet at times, but she is such a competitor and turned in an awesome summer," Davis said.
Hudson resident Carrie Caniglia, 11, set a team record and finished ninth in the 50 breaststroke with a time of 36.11.
"Carrie's times has placed her in the top 20 in the entire country in her age group," Davis said.
Vittorio Cappabianca, 11, set a team record in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:20.06.
"Vittorio has continued to improve throughout the summer," Davis said.
The following HEAT swimmers earned top-24 finishes in their individual events.
/ Caniglia, 11, 100 breaststroke, 21st, 1:22.95; and 200 breaststroke, 22nd, 2:59:82
/ Vittorio Cappabianca, 11, 200 breaststroke, 19th, 2:54.04
/ McCormick, 14, 200 freestyle, third, 2:07.46; and 100 backstroke, sixth, 1:07.05
/ Reber, 12, 200 IM, 21st, 2:38.33; 100 backstroke, 18th, 1:10.23; and 200 backstroke, fifth, 2:28.99
/ Nolan Tanner (Hudson resident), 10, 100 breaststroke, 19th, 1.32.98
"I was very proud of all of our swimmers that participated at the Zone meet in Indianapolis," Davis said. "This is such an accomplishment for all of them and these 10 swimmers are helping to put HEAT on the map, not just locally, but regionally and nationally."
Swimmers who competed were from Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin.