Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 2, 2014

Sports briefs for Sunday, March 2

Kokomo Tribune

---- — 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.

Amber Miller had a strong day for the Tigers. She took first place on vault (9.225), fourth on bars (7.95) and sixth on floor exercise (8.55). She was third in the all-around (33.225).

“I thought it was a good meet,” Northwestern coach Ashley Miller said, noting the performances of Miller, Hannah Bilodeau and Payton Gross as highlights. “[Bilodeau] was injured in Thursday’s meet, but she still pushed through and finished strong [Saturday]. I was proud of her for doing that for herself and for her team.

“I’m so proud of Amber. It’s her senior year and she was able to win vault. That was very exciting for her and the team.”

The Tiger coach noted Gross had her best score on vault.

Area officials set to call sectionals

Thirteen KT-area officials will work boys basketball sectionals.

In Class 4A, Kokomo’s Bob Walsh and Tipton’s Jeffrey Heard will work at Huntington North. In 3A, the Kokomo trio of Pat Dumoulin, Paul Williams and Adrian Boyd will go to Twin Lakes.

In 2A, Kokomo’s Greg Cunningham and Zachary Barnes and Tipton’s Dean Martin will go to Manchester. In 1A, Tipton’s Mike Cherry will call games at Caston, Kokomo’s Jim Newburn and Flora’s Gary Chambers will go to Culver, Galveston’s Tim Knowland will call action at Tri-Central, and Camden’s Chad Myers will work at University.