Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


February 2, 2014

Western girls, boys sweep MIC swim titles

Western girls win thrilling relay to turn back Northwestern's title bid.

As Northwestern girls swim coach Cindy Britten put it, “a fingertip touch” was the difference between first and second place in Saturday’s Mid-Indiana Conference championships.

Heading into the final event of the day, the 400-yard freestyle relay, Western’s girls held a slim lead over Northwestern, 270.5 to 264.5.

A win in the relay for the Purple Tigers would allow them to grab a share of their third straight league title. The Panthers had other plans, but the race couldn’t have been any closer.

Western came from behind in the middle stages of the race, only to have Northwestern nearly recover before the Panthers’ Anna Constable out-touched the Tigers’ Addie Roth to win in 3:55.26, just .26 ahead of Northwestern. It gave the Panthers a 302.5-290.5 victory in the Tigers’ tank.

Western won its first MIC title since it won three straight from 2005-07.

“As a coach, it’s the greatest feeling in the world,” Western coach Brad Bennett said. “Coming in, we were favored, but not by much, so we knew that in order to pull this off we’d have to outlast an outstanding Northwestern team with outstanding competitors. We were going to have to go out and earn it, not just show up and win it. We accomplished that by the skin of our teeth. It’s a great team win, and I’m so proud of all of our girls for pulling together to win it. They were all outstanding.”

Western senior Summer Brown entered the pool for the third leg with her team trailing by two body lengths. The Vanderbilt recruit made up the deficit and more, giving Constable a two-body-length lead to work with for the final leg.

That’s when Roth went to to work, slowing reeling in the difference. Deafening cheers filled the natatorium in the final 25 yards as Roth appeared to have the momentum to overtake Constable, but Constable’s long frame allowed her the fingertip touch necessary to touch the wall just ahead of a hard-charging Roth.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • NWHS tennis 04 Prep Roundup for Saturday, April 19 Northwestern's girls tennis team got a sweep from its doubles tandems and a point from the No. 1 singles player to edge Northfield 3-2 Friday on the Northwestern courts, improving to 2-1 on the season. Emily Harshman won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, Me

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports briefs for Saturday, April 19 Swain records KCC's first ace of 2014 Noblesville's Larry Swain hit the first hole in one of the new season at the Kokomo Country Club on Thursday. Swain used a nine-iron to ace the 160-yard hole No. 16, recording his first ever hole in one. Josh Mag

    April 19, 2014

  • SPL - KT041814 - Prep roundup - pic Prep roundup for Friday, April 18 Tanner Guyer and Sam Seagrave led the way as Kokomo's boys golf team scored a win in its season opener Thursday at Kokomo Country Club.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports briefs for Friday, April 18 Kokomo High School will host the 2014 Howard County free physicals from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 14.

    April 18, 2014

  • SPL - KT041714 Kokomo-Western baseball - pic 2 Kats top Panthers in baseball Since the inception of class sports, the annual early-season baseball matchup between Kokomo and Western had been solely for in-county bragging rights. With Western moving up to Class 4A for the next two seasons because of the IHSAA's new success factor, the rivals met up Wednesday as potential sectional opponents for the first time since 1997.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Prep roundup for Thursday, April 17 Eastern junior Caleb Aaron tossed a four-hitter to lead the Comets past Northwestern 3-1 in a Howard County baseball clash Wednesday at Greentown.

    April 17, 2014

  • SPL - KT041714 - B1 briefs - Edwards mug Sports briefs for Thursday, April 17 The North Central Conference on Wednesday announced Indianapolis Arsenal Tech will join the conference on April 1, 2015.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPL - KT041614 - Boys golf preview - secondary pic BOYS GOLF: Howard County preview Western's boys golf team is thinking big this season.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPL - KT041614 Girls tennis Preview - pic GIRLS TENNIS: Howard County preview After 39 seasons and counting as the boys tennis coach at Taylor High School, Dave Wise is entering his 24th season leading the Titan girls.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - KT041614 - Western hires coaches - mug Western hires football, volley coaches Western High School's search for a new football coach is over. Western on Tuesday named Ron Jankovich its new coach during a board meeting. He spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for Bethel University in Tennessee. He was the Wildcats' co-offensive coordinator.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

NCAA Men's Basketball Poll
Featured Ads
SportsKT twitter
More kokomotribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.