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March 2, 2014

Sports briefs for Sunday, March 2

Western’s Brown enjoys strong swims at state

INDIANAPOLIS — Western sophomore Glen Brown had a pair of strong showings in the finals of the IHSAA Boys Swimming and Diving State Finals on Saturday at the IU Natatorium.

Brown swam in the championship finals of the 200-yard freestyle and finished eighth in a personal-best time of 1:41.70. By reaching the championship finals, he earned a podium finish and a medal. Brown later swam in the consolation finals of the 500 freestyle. He was second in the race, giving him a 10th-place finish in the event. He had a personal-best time of 4:35.95.

Brown had strong swims in Friday’s preliminaries to reach Saturday’s finals. In the prelims, the top 16 in each event advance — the top eight to the championship finals, the next eight to the consolation finals.

“Very good day, very good weekend,” Western coach Brad Bennett said. “Our goal was to make it back to Saturday. He accomplished that. Making it into the final of the 200 was a nice surprise [Friday]. Improving to 10th in the 500 was a nice surprise [Saturday]. He swam two really solid races.

“It’s a major accomplishment performing as well as he did this weekend. The state meet is a very intense environment. To rise to the occasion as Glen did just showed a great deal of maturity.”

Brown’s future certainly looks bright.

“I think he can honestly set some pretty lofty goals going forward. He has the maturity and the skill to achieve those,” Bennett said. “I just couldn’t be more pleased with him. Anything I’ve ever asked of him as a coach has been met with excitement and enthusiasm. He is always looking to improve as a swimmer and a person.”

NW gymnasts compete in Southmont Invite

CRAWFORDSVILLE — Northwestern’s gymnastics team took fifth place in Southmont’s eight-team invitational on Saturday.

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