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February 9, 2014

Swimming to Indy

Western's Brown advances to her fourth straight state finals

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Eastern was sixth in the final of the 200 medley relay. The Comets’ team was composed of Alicia Eckart, Callie Burnette, Katherine Swartzendruber and Avery Ewing.

Maconaquah was led by Gabby Ladd, who was sixth in the 50 free, and Kaleigh Gray, who was sixth in diving.

Tipton was led by Tori Crail’s fourth-place finish in diving. She advances to the Tuesday’s diving regional at Hamilton Southeastern.

CONSOLATION FINALS

Western had many good swims in the consolation finals. Leading that charge were Lake (ninth in the 200 IM and 10th in the 500 free), Casner (ninth in the 100 butterfly and 11th in the 50 free) and Armour (11th in the 200 free).

“It’s been a good weekend for the program and the team,” Bennett said. “A real positive is that we only had three juniors swimming. The rest of the team was comprised of Brown and [Kelsey] Quinn as seniors and Casner as a freshman. The rest are sophomores, and as a coach, that’s a positive to have that much strength coming from the sophomore class.

“Our girls were undefeated in dual meets and won the conference, and came in and swam their best times Friday and Saturday. I couldn’t have asked for more from a nice group of girls.”

Northwestern also had a lot of good swims in the consolation finals highlighted by Jordyn Harrison’s ninth-place finish in the 200 free, Gingerich’s ninth place in the 100 back, Jenna Harrison’s 10th place in the 100 fly and 12th place in the 50 free, and Roth’s 10th place in the 100 breaststroke and 11th place in the 200 IM.

Kokomo’s best individual showing came in the diving program where Hannah Reecer took eighth place.

Kokomo coach Donita Walters noted her team performed well. In particular, she liked the time drops she saw.

“It was a lot of fun to watch,” Walters said, referring to her swimmers and also other Howard County swimmers with whom she has worked. “It was a rewarding day as a coach.”

Eastern’s best showing in the consolation finals came from Swartzendruber, who was 11th in the 100 breaststroke.

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