Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Breaking News

Sports

November 25, 2012

Boys swimmers take to county pools

3-time MIC champ Northwestern loaded heading into new season

Boys swimmers across Howard County hit top speed this week as the season kicks into gear. The local group will spend all winter trying to streamline their work in the pool with an eye on the big events at the end of the year — conference meets and a powerhouse Noblesville Sectional, ruled by state superpower Carmel.

As the new season begins, Kokomo’s Wildkats look to an emerging sophomore class as they hope to build on a strong fourth-place finish in last year’s sectional, where the Kats led the Howard County contingent.

Northwestern is poised to have a say on who will top Howard County this season as nearly the entire roster returns for the three-time Mid-Indiana Conference champs.

Western is building with a large group of underclassmen and Eastern hopes a small group can maintain momentum.

 

Northwestern

Asked for her initial impressions of her squad this season, Purple Tiger coach Cindy Britten spoke in all capitals.

“A-W-E-S-O-M-E,” she said while laughing. “They’re rock solid. We only lost two swimmers from last year and picked up six freshmen, and have 11 swimmers between 10th and 11th grades. And then our senior group is just outstanding. It’s just exciting, another exciting year to look ahead for what’s ahead for Northwestern.”

The Tigers had a strong campaign last time, going unbeaten in the regular season and winning their third straight Mid-Indiana Conference title.

“This team has a lot of experience,” Britten said. “They’ve come up through the ranks. Most of our seniors have swam middle school so they’ve been at it for six years. They may be three-sport athletes but they’ve been in the program so they’re hungry. They’ve been winning and they want to keep that tradition going so they’re working hard at it. They started something here and they want to finish something here.”

The senior group includes Ethan Ault, Nate Engel, Austin Hartman, Tony Janes, Austin Roberts, Drew Rush and Davis Wilkinson.

Juniors are Anthony Catt, Will DeVaul, Griffin Longshore, Kyle Miller, Jacob Schmidt and Sean Witter. Sophomores are Joel Austin, Darren Curry, Drew Harris, Aden Merchant and Michael Thibault.

The freshmen group all swam in middle school. The newcomers are Kasey Ahnert, Cameron Cothern, Will Harris, Daniel Hernandez, Christopher “Gray” Longshore, and Ethan Marks.

Breaststroke and individual medley standout Roberts, sprinter Janes and all-arounder Griffin Longshore had the top results in last season’s sectionals. Those swimmers, and the other seniors, along with sprinter and butterfly specialist DeVaul and distance specialist Miller, form the backbone of the team.

“This group, they’ve had a three-peat in the MIC, and they’re looking to four-peat,” Britten said. “That is one of their biggest goals as seniors. They’re hungry and they’ve started that tradition. They’ve won in middle school, and they’ve kept winning through high school years and now they want to go out with a four-peat. That puts a target on their back so everybody’s gunning for them, but I think they’re up for the challenge. And they’ve got underclassmen who are looking forward to that challenge.”

Northwestern opened the season with a 118-58 victory over Pioneer on Tuesday. Janes led the way as a quadruple winner.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • SPL - KT041814 - Prep roundup - pic Prep roundup for Friday, April 18 Tanner Guyer and Sam Seagrave led the way as Kokomo's boys golf team scored a win in its season opener Thursday at Kokomo Country Club.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports briefs for Friday, April 18 Kokomo High School will host the 2014 Howard County free physicals from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 14.

    April 18, 2014

  • SPL - KT041714 Kokomo-Western baseball - pic 2 Kats top Panthers in baseball Since the inception of class sports, the annual early-season baseball matchup between Kokomo and Western had been solely for in-county bragging rights. With Western moving up to Class 4A for the next two seasons because of the IHSAA's new success factor, the rivals met up Wednesday as potential sectional opponents for the first time since 1997.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Prep roundup for Thursday, April 17 Eastern junior Caleb Aaron tossed a four-hitter to lead the Comets past Northwestern 3-1 in a Howard County baseball clash Wednesday at Greentown.

    April 17, 2014

  • SPL - KT041714 - B1 briefs - Edwards mug Sports briefs for Thursday, April 17 The North Central Conference on Wednesday announced Indianapolis Arsenal Tech will join the conference on April 1, 2015.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPL - KT041614 - Boys golf preview - secondary pic BOYS GOLF: Howard County preview Western's boys golf team is thinking big this season.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPL - KT041614 Girls tennis Preview - pic GIRLS TENNIS: Howard County preview After 39 seasons and counting as the boys tennis coach at Taylor High School, Dave Wise is entering his 24th season leading the Titan girls.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - KT041614 - Western hires coaches - mug Western hires football, volley coaches Western High School's search for a new football coach is over. Western on Tuesday named Ron Jankovich its new coach during a board meeting. He spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for Bethel University in Tennessee. He was the Wildcats' co-offensive coordinator.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - KT041614 - Brett Bowman column - Bowman ID BOWMAN: Abreu shines in Kokomo GP Although he might be short in size, California's Rico Abreu was tall in stature after dominating the two-day Kokomo Grand Prix for the USAC Honda National Midget Series and the Lucas Oil Powri National Midgets over the weekend at the Kokomo Speedway.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - KT041514 - Kokomo girls BB coach - mug Cusick is Lady Kats' new coach Heather Cusick is enjoying a pretty good month. Kokomo High School on Monday selected Cusick as its new girls basketball coach. Three days earlier, she became engaged to Michael Mygrant.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

NCAA Men's Basketball Poll
Featured Ads
SportsKT twitter
More kokomotribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.