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November 19, 2013

SEASON PREVIEW: Howard County girls swimming

Northwestern, Western look to set pace locally

The Howard County girls swimming and diving season begins this week. Northwestern and Western once again look strong while Kokomo and Eastern are rebuilding.

Northwestern is the two-time defending Mid-Indiana Conference champion and is poised for another big season.

“We’re excited. We have a great group of girls with lots of returning lettermen and lots of new kids,” Northwestern coach Cindy Britten said. “We’re just excited to see what kind of things they can do when competition starts. They’re anxious to get started.”

Western is a potential challenger to Northwestern in the MIC. The Panthers are led by Vanderbilt recruit Summer Brown, who was runner-up in the 200-yard freestyle at the state meet last season. She also was sixth in the 100 freestyle.

“She’s one of the best in the state in just about anything she wants to do,” Western coach Brad Bennett said. “She’s ready to go back at it in the 200 and return to the 500 [freestyle] this year. She finished just a couple hundredths of a second out of first place in the 200 and a really strong top-6 in the 100.”

The following are looks at the four Howard County squads.

NORTHWESTERN

Britten likes how her squad is taking shape. She has 29 girls in camp.

“The girls have been working hard,” she said.

Seniors Addie Roth and Karly Sprouse and junior Savannah Gamester lead the Tigers’ returners. Roth and Gamester are versatile swimmers who will help the Tigers where they are needed the most. At the MIC meet last season, Roth won the 100 breaststroke and Gamester won the 100 backstroke for the second straight year and also contributed to the winning 200 freestyle relay team. Sprouse is strong in the 200 and 500 freestyles.

The Tigers have one other senior, Madison Wells, but she is sidelined with an injury.

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