B y TRIBUNE SPORTS STAFF
---- — 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.”
Addie Roth, Savannah Gamester and Jodyn Harris each won a pair of individual events for the Tigers. Roth was tops in the 200 IM (2:30.82) and 100 breaststroke (1:15.74). Gamester won the 50 free (:26.77) and 100 butterfly (1:09.29). Harrison was tops in the 200 free (2:10.35) and 100 free (:58.70).
Kindra Gingerich won the 100 backstroke in a personal-best time of 1:06.82.
Northwestern swept the relays. Gingerich, Roth, Gamester and Jenna Harrison won the 200 medley in 2:04.85. Jenna Harrison, Samantha Murphy, Mariah Roberts and Jordyn Harrison won the 200 free in 1:57.70. And Jordyn Harrison, Roth, Gingerich and Gamester won the 400 free in 4:13.26.
“The girls had some good times and some good swims,” Britten said.
Eastern 123, Hamilton Heights 60
Quadruple winners Avery Ewing and Katie Swartzendruber led the way as the Comets beat Mid-Indiana Conference rival Hamilton Heights.
“It was a great meet and Hamilton Heights really pushed us so I was pleased with the competition,” Eastern coach Dana Culp said. “We had some really good swims and strong places [10 wins]. I don’t know when the last time we beat Hamilton Heights. We just had a few more numbers than they did.”
Ewing was tops in the 50 freestyle (:28.11) and 100 freestyle (1:03.25). Swartzendruber won the 100 butterfly (1:10.59) and 100 breaststroke (1:18.43).
Also for Eastern, Callie Burnett won the 500 freestyle (6:26.62), Alicia Eckart won the 100 backstroke (1:16.65) and Elena White won the diving program with a score of 142.70.
Ewing, Swartzendruber, Eckart and Burnett joined forces in winning the 200 medley relay (2:07.69). Swartzendruber, Burnett and Ewing teamed with Maddie Vint in winning the 200 freestyle relay (1:55.21). Vint and Eckart joined Hannah Perryman and Abby Davis in winning the 400 freestyle relay (4:39.64).
Eastern 90, Hamilton Heights 73
Andrew Doak and Kaleb Sanders led the way as Eastern posted a season-opening victory over visiting Hamilton Heights.
Individually, Doak won the 100 butterfly (1:09.63) and 100 breaststroke (1:19.20) and Sanders won the 500 freestyle (6:10). The Comets’ other win came in the 200 free relay where Andrew Doak, Charlie Doak, Zach Eckert and Sanders turned in a time of 1:48.34.
“I’m proud of the guys,” Eastern coach Gregg Hensler said. “Hamilton Heights’ numbers were down for the first meet, but we turned in a good showing as far as the first meet goes. The guys really work hard in the pool to get to where they’re at right now. It’s a good baseline for us. We’re going to build from here.”
Harrison 93.5, Western 92.5
Visiting Harrison edged Western by a point, spoiling the Panthers’ season opener.
“It was a heart-breaker,” Western coach Brad Bennett said. “It was a solid night with some solid swims, but there are some things we need to do better to beat teams like Harrison.”
Quadruple winners Glen Brown and Asa Sheffer led Western. Individually, Brown won the 200 IM (2:00.83) and 100 butterfly (:54.34) and Sheffer won the 200 freestyle (1:57.47) and 500 free (5:15.11).
“Glen Brown beat both of his freshman records [from last year] with those times,” Bennett said.
Sheffer, Brown, Josh Jansen and Cody Cox teamed to win the 200 medley relay (1:46.84). Connor Hill, Brown, Jansen and Sheffer won the 400 free relay (3:30.68).
Also for the Panthers, Hill won the 50 free (:24.40) and Reggie Manuel won the 100 breaststroke (1:10.17).
“The theme of the night was everybody was swimming about where they left off last season so it was a strong start,” Bennett said.
Maconaquah 42, Taylor 24
Six Taylor grapplers scored wins — Chad Elmore (113-pound weight class), Calum Gatlin (120), Stephen Sholty (145), Kaleil Rucker (152), Austin Smith (160) and Logan Sarber (170).
“I thought we wrestled pretty well,” Taylor coach Aaron Schlueter said. “We made a couple mistakes, but overall we wrestled pretty well and I think we’re heading in the right direction. We have to continue to work hard in the room and if we continue to work hard and wrestle like we did [Tuesday], good things are going to come for us.”
Logansport 77, Cass 68
The Kings (1-1) couldn’t hold on to a five-point lead late in the contest at Logansport (3-0) in Cass County Tournament play.
The Kings led 66-61 after an Evan Ohman putback with 3:20 left, but they scored just two more points the rest of the way as the Berries ended the game on a 16-2 run.
Carter Skaggs hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:42 remaining and scored 15 of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Berries. Andrew Wamsley added 17 in the win.
Blake Hadley led the Kings with 20 points. Ryan Bixler scored 15, and Austin Keisling and Owen Ohman added 11 apiece.
Logansport 84, Cass 43
Miss Basketball candidate Whitney Jennings led the way as Class 4A No. 7-ranked Logansport crushed Cass 84-43 in the opening round of the Cass County tournament.
Jennings, an Iowa recruit, finished with a triple-double of 26 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Nakeya Penny added 21 points for the Berries (4-0).
Olivia Collins led Cass (3-4) with 12 points.
Frankton 39, Eastern 27
The Comets fell behind early and couldn’t recover against Frankton.
Ally Oyler led Eastern (0-5) with 14 points. Jessie Sprinkles added seven points.
Frankton (1-4) was led by Katie Key with 18 points.