The boy’s team had strong finishes in almost every event, including second place finishes with life-time best times from Zane Crosby in the 50 (:23.72) and 100 freestyle (:51.27) events, and Tayler Arnold in the 100 butterfly. While Arnold’s swim didn’t secure him a conference win, he did set a new school record with a time of :56.13 in only his fourth time swimming the event. Tayler also bested his own school backstroke record with a new time of 59.52. Close behind and providing depth in the backstroke was Zach Rayce, who clocked a 102.49, a personal best. Nick Chambers rounded out the backstroke field with a personal best as well. Tyler Neumann was the sole conference winner for the boys: handily winning the diving competition and then turning in a lifetime best swim in the 100 breaststroke. Hunter Fields, Caleb Evens, and Han-Nuri Kim, who also swam the breaststroke event, turned in personal bests as well. In the distance events for the night, despite battling severe shoulder pain and injury, Ben Albright swam season best times and freshmen Averie Fields, Ron Hattenbach and Matt Barnes all stepped up and contributed great swims in the 200 and 500 free. Sprinters Scott Duggan and Justin Marcum also posted personal bests in their short distance races. The boy’s Medley Relay (Rayce, Neumann, Arnold, and Crosby) and 200 Free Relay (Arnold, Wyatt Nees, Albright, and Crosby) saw big time drops and will be events to watch going into the championship season as they try to take down two more school records!
The girl’s team proved once again that ‘big things come in small packages.’ For the team of nine girls, the WCC Championship also served as the Putnam County meet and while the Eagles didn’t claim a team title, they poured their hearts into each and every swim and came away with three individual wins. Katie Jo Beasley secured a county win in the 200 and the 500, and Maddison Plunkett won the county diving competition. Beasley’s win in the 500 was decisive (winning with a time of 6:09.52) and easily secured her the conference win for that event as well. Helping her in the 200 free was Kate McHugh and Maddy King, who both posted personal best times. McHugh did the same in the 100 Breaststroke, and worked together with Megan Arnold, Beasley and anchor Katie Hansel to significantly best both the 200 Medley and 200 Freestyle relay times. Sprinters Katie Hansel and Sarah Lorimer had their work cut out for them against a fast Greencastle team, but both swam very well, continuing to better their technique and to chip away at their 50 free times. Lone freshman Alicia Haywood had a great night as well, turning in a personal best in the 100 butterfly and breaking the 3-minute mark in the 200IM for the first time this season. Junior Katie Kiste was back in the pool after time out for an injury; her first race back in the water was the 100 breaststroke.
The swim teams will travel to Fountain Central this Saturday to compete in their final regular season meet. The girl’s team will then swim at the Plainfield Sectional on February 6th and 8th. The boy’s team will be back in action again at their county meet on February 15th before traveling to the Avon Sectional. Come out and cheer them on!!
By: Coach Anna Kendall