Turbos take fifth at state

March 14, 2019

It was quite the haul for the La Porte Turbos swim club from Saturday’s Indiana Age Group Swimming State Championship Meet at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Nine Turbos made the trip and the club garnered seven individual medals, as well as two relay medals, matching up with the fastest 14-and-under swimmers in the state.

“I couldn’t be prouder of this team,” coach Brahim Hakim said. “They all stepped up big time for this meet. Abbas (Hakim), Gavin (Crail), Jake (Schroeder) and their teammates were rock stars.”

The 10-and-under 200-yard boys medley relay of Crail (backstroke), Landon Gillisse (breaststroke), Schroeder (butterfly) and Jack Miskowicz (freestyle) came in fourth with a time of 2 minutes, 19.8 seconds. The same quartet also finished fourth in the 200 freestyle relay in 2:04.99. Both times broke club records.

The 11-12 boys 200 medley of Andrew Hayes (back), Abbas Hakim (breast), Otto Wildhart (fly) and Roberto Smiertelny (free) moved up four places in the rankings and finished with a club record of 2:09.85.

Individually, Crail, Hakim and Schroeder all earned medals. Crail, 10, was the Turbos meet MVP with five individual and two relay trips to the awards podium. Crail finished third in the 200 IM (2:31.96), fourth in the 100 breast (1:22.31) and sixth in the 200 free (2:18.1), 100 fly (1:12.16) and 50 breast (38.74).

“Gavin is one of those swimmers who is like a sponge,” coach Hakim said. “He wants to learn everything and is never afraid of the challenge of racing the fastest swimmers.”

Schroeder, 10, “had the race of his life when it mattered most,” coach Hakim said, dropping nearly a second in the 50 fly, placing sixth in 31.16.

Abbas Hakim, 12, is no stranger to championship meets and claimed fifth in the 50 breast in 33.17. He dropped time in five of his six races, while Crail improved in four of six, and Schroeder in three of six, as all three boys swam the maximum six individual events. Hakim and Crail also both set their respective 200 IM club records.

Caiya Cooper, Miskowicz and Gillisse, all 14, also had individual events and finished well.

The 10-under boys finished fifth overall in total points out of 92 teams.