Northwestern’s swimming and diving teams coasted to victories against Marion on Tuesday night in the Giants’ pool.
On the boys side, Northwestern posted a 137-24 win. On the girls side, the Tigers were 137-43 winners. Diver Rachel Johns set a school record to highlight the girls’ win.
Marion offered little in terms of competition, especially on the boys side.
“Unfortunately, we went in there and I hadn’t checked on [Marion]. They had only four boys which is a little disheartening,” Northwestern coach Cindy Britten said. “Unfortunately, that doesn’t give the guys much competition and it’s hard to get them motivated for that. ... It’s a win, but you wish they would of had some competition. A big school like [Marion], it’s just disappointing they’re having a hard time fielding a team.”
Britten noted Marion had only 11 or 12 girls.
Griffin Longshore and Joel Austin won two individual events apiece in the boys meet. Griffin Longshore won the 200 IM (2:22.29) and 100 butterfly (1:01.23). Austin won the 50 freestyle (:25.03) and 100 free (:55.82).
Other individual winners for Northwestern’s boys were Grey Longshore (200 free, 2:03.69); Kyle Miller (500 free, 6:01.09); Anthony Catt (100 backstroke, 1:06.15); Drew Harris (100 breaststroke, 1:13.21); and Christian O’Donnell (diving, 134.24).
The Tigers swept the relays as well. Catt, Darren Curry, Will DeVaul and Griffin Longshore won the 200 medley in 1:57.74. Harris, Curry, Austin and Grey Longshore won the 200 free in 1:42.36. And Grey Longshore, Miller, Harris and Griffin Longshore won the 400 free in 4:00.34.
“We were down a few boys ourselves so there were boys in different events. They did a great job,” Britten said. “Their times are coming down and they’re working hard.”
In the girls meet, Johns posted a school-record score of 254.4 in winning the diving program and teammate Abby Olsen was second with a personal-best score of 163.15.
“Rachel did an outstanding job,” Britten said of the record-breaking performance. “She has been working hard. She has been right on the cusp of breaking that record and [Tuesday] she finally did it. That was a big accomplishment. That record had been there since 2001. The old record was 236.10 so she smashed it pretty good.”