By TRIBUNE SPORTS STAFF
---- — Western’s swimming and diving teams swept Carroll on Thursday night at Flora. The Panther girls squad posted a 153-27 win, and the Panther boys were 147-37 winners.
In the girls side of the meet, Brittany Lake, Claire Casner and Vanderbilt recruit Summer Brown won two individual events apiece to lead Western’s sweep of the events. Lake won the 200-yard freestyle (2:13.17) and 500 free (5:55.21). Casner was tops in the 200 individual medley (2:33.89) and 100 backstroke (1:15.04). And Brown won the 50 free (:25.18) and 100 free (:53.84).
Also winning individual events were Ally Purvis (100 butterfly, 1:14.16); Sabrina Roberts (100 breaststroke, 1:25.87); and Annie Boytim (diving, 188.55).
Western also swept the relay events. Lilly Armour, Hattie Johnson, Lake and Kelsey Quinn won the 200 medley in 2:16.86. Tori Riggleman, Casner, Sara Metcalf and Brown won the 200 free in 2:03.38. Johnson, Purvis, Brown and Armour won the 400 free in 4:07.01.
“We had some nice races. The girls relays were kind of going back and forth with each other all night,” Western coach Brad Bennett said. “We had some good swims. I’m really happy with what they’re doing. A nice amount of season-best swims. No monster drops, but everybody across the board just seems to be dropping tenths or a second here and there every time we swim. It’s the right direction.”
In the boys side of the meet, Connor Hill, Asa Sheffer and Glen Brown won two individual events apiece to lead the Panthers’ sweep of the events. Hill won the 200 free (2:06.03) and 100 backstroke (1:15.31), Sheffer touched first in the 100 IM (2:17.89) and 100 butterfly (:59.04) and Brown won the 50 free (:22.77) and 500 free (4:45.94).
Also winning individual events were Matt Duke (100 free, :54.64); Reggie Manuel (100 breaststroke, 1:12.96); and Cody Cox (diving, 203.30).
In the relay events, Adam Lyons, Manuel, Duke and Aron Barrera won the 200 medley (1:56.77), Duke, Hill, Sheffer and Brown won the 200 free (1:35.29) and Barrera, Zach Zentz, Brown and Manuel won the 400 free (3:46.93).
“It was a good night,” Bennett said, noting the boys team showed good improvement from its season-opening meet on Tuesday. “Carroll doesn’t have a full squad which makes it kind of hard to have a lot of intensity, but our guys did a nice job with that. Asa Sheffer was under a minute in the fly and right behind him was Josh Jansen, who was also under a minute. Asa beat him by less than a tenth of a second.”
Bennett pointed to Glen Brown’s 500 free as another strong swim.
“The boys are swimming pretty well and it was nice to see Cody Cox break 200 in diving,” Bennett added.
Northwestern 112, Logansport 73
Quadruple winner Jordyn Harrison led the way as the Tigers beat the visiting Berries. Individually, Harrison won the 200 freestyle (2:04.61) and 100 butterfly (1:07.65). She also swam on a pair of winning relay teams.
Also winning individual events for Northwestern were Addie Roth (200 IM, 2:27.54); Kindra Gingerich (100 backstroke, 1:08.48); and Rachel Johns (diving, 227.95).
The Tigers swept the relays. Gingerich, Roth, Jenna Harrison and Jordyn Harrison won the 200 medley (2:01.34), Savannah Gamester, Jenna Harrison, Mariah Roberts and Samantha Murphy won the 200 free (1:52.18) and Gamester, Gingerich, Roth and Jordyn Harrison won the 400 free (4:04.65).
“It was a really good night,” Northwestern coach Cindy Britten said. “We had some good competition, had some outstanding times by the girls and I’m just really pleased to see how they’re coming along.
“Jordyn and Jenna Harrison are nice additions to our program. They have been home schooled and chose to come to Northwestern and join our team and we’re happy they chose Northwestern. They’re doing a great job for us.”
Northwestern 127, Logansport 48
Quadruple winners Griffin Longshore and Drew Harris led the way as Northwestern beat visiting Logansport.
Individually, Longshore won the 200 IM (2:18.94) and 100 butterfly (:59.52) and Harris won the 200 free (2:06.73) and 100 breaststroke (1:11.98). They both swam on the winning 200 and 400 free relay teams.
Other individual winners for the Tigers were Joel Austin (100 free, :54.13) and Kyle Miller (500 free, 5:59.68).
In the relays, Anthony Catt, Darren Curry, Will DeVaul and Aden Merchant won the 200 medley (1:54.63), Grey Longshore, Austin, Harris and Griffin Longshore won the 200 free (1:39.65) and Grey Longshore, Miller, Harris and Griffin Longshore won the 400 free (3:49.22).
“We had some decent competition, but the boys really swam well,” Tiger skipper Britten said. “I’m really happy with Drew Harris. He had two outstanding individual swims, in the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.”
Oak Hill 119, Eastern 67
Katie Swartzendruber was a double winner for Eastern. Swartzendruber had wins in the 100-yard butterfly (1:10.30) and 100 breaststroke (1:18.51).
Eastern coach Dana Culp loved Swartzendruber’s swims.
“Swartzendruber blew them out of the water,” Culp said. “Overall, Oak Hill had a lot more numbers then us.”
Western 68, N. Miami 29
Kiersten Durbin scored a career-high 19 points in leading the Class 3A No. 4 Panthers Panthers (6-0) to victory.
Western easily took the lead 10-3 at the end of the first quarter. The Panthers then expanded it to 26-10 at halftime. Western posted a huge third quarter, outscoring North Miami 31-6 for a 57-16 lead at the final break.
“It was a good win,” Western coach Chris Keisling said. “We had the roughest shooting in the first half since I have been here. [Western] shot 10 of 43 from the field in the first half. We stepped it up in the third quarter and scored 31 points. Durbin did a nice job with the career high. Carley O’Neal also did a nice job contributing with 14 points. North Miami did a nice job in the first half with its 2-3 zone.”