Faces in the Crowd: February 29, 2016
Claire, a senior at Carmel High, set an Indiana record with a 51.65 in the 100-yard backstroke at the state championship preliminaries, then won the final in 52.39. She also took the 100 free (48.83) to lead the Greyhounds to their 30th straight state championship, a national record in any sport. Claire finished with a state-record 16 individual and relay titles.
Zach, a senior forward and captain at Solon High, scored twice in a 7–2 win over Western Reserve Academy of Hudson to set the state record with 195 career goals. Through Sunday he had extended it to 219 with 79 goals this season—along with 37 assists. Zach also shot a school-record three-under 67 to win the Division I sectional golf title in October.
Anna, a senior at Providence Day School in Charlotte, finished fifth in the 60-meter hurdles at the Camel City Invitational in Winston-Salem with the top high school time this season (8.24). She also has the season's best time in the 55-meter hurdles (57.10) at the junior Pan American championships.
Sabin, a 6' 2" junior guard at Division III Ripon (Wis.) College, set school recordss with 51 points and 11 three-pointers, including the decisive trey at the buzzer, in a 78–77 win over Cornell (Iowa). His 11 threes are tied for second most in D-III this season. At week's end Sabin led the Midwest Conference with 26.5 points per game.
Kovatch, a 5' 9" freshman guard at St. Francis University in Loretto, Pa., scored a team-high 24 points in an 87–74 win over Wagner two days after racking up 18 points in a 73–64 over Mount Saint Mary's. Through Sunday she led all Division I NCAA freshmen in scoring (22.5 points per game) and in three-pointers (89).
Sreeram, a junior at William Mason High, broke a North American record, solving a 3 X 3 Rubik's cube while blindfolded in 25.19 seconds at a World Cube Association event in Dixon, Ill. (His time included the nine seconds he needed to memorize the cube.) Sreeram's average for three completed puzzles (26.73) also set a continental mark.