BY TRIBUNE SPORTS STAFF
---- — Western dominated its season-opening girls swim meet against Kokomo Tuesday night, winning 11 of the 12 events in a 139-46 Panther victory.
The Panthers were perfect in the swimming portion, but the Katfish were winners in the diving competition.
Brittany Lake and Claire Casner were quadruple winners. Summer Brown and Lily Armour were triple winners for Western.
Lake won in the 200-yard individual medley (2:31.75) and 100 breast stroke (1:22.72). Casner was tops in the 50 freestyle (:26.87) and 100 butterfly (1:05.98). Brown came out on top in the 200 freestyle (1:56.21) and 500 freestyle (5:10.11), and Armour touched the wall first in the 100 freestyle (1:01.35). Kelsey Quinn won the 100 backstroke (1:17.33).
In the relays, Lake, Brown, Casner and Amour teamed up to win the 200 medley relay (2:02.04) and Lake, Casner, Amour joined Anna Constable in winning the 400 freestyle relay (4:10.48), and Danielle Pate, Hattie Johnson, Tori Riggleman and Ally Purvis combined to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:55.88).
“I am optimistic of the how the girls did,” Western coach Brad Bennett said. “I had a lot of girls swim lifetime bests in the first meet, and its great to see that times will only drop from here. I am happy with the way that Summer swam. She had two solid times [200 freestyle and 500 freestyle]. I was also excited to see Lake swim. Her 200 individual medley was a fast time. Armour’s 100 freestyle time was a nice time for her. In diving, we finished second, third and fourth. Annie Boytim was second and Christina Wyant was third. It was a great way to kick off the season, and the girls are ready to swim.”
Kokomo’s Hannah Reecer won the diving with a score of 182.30.
“Reecer was our only winner, but I am thrilled that 100 percent of the swimmers dropped times from our time trials two weeks ago,” Kokomo coach Donita Walters said. “Collectively, the ladies dropped a total of 347.2 seconds in this one meet [Tuesday]. The 200 freestyle relay team of Jessica Estep, Sydney Glassburn, Brooke Dill and Sara White swam in a time of 2:01.89, so three of the girls are brand new rookies to the program. Jessica Gates was 10 seconds faster in the 200 freestyle. We had fabulous times, and I am excited to get back into the water with them [today]. Coach Bennett has a very competitive team this year.”
NORTHWESTERN 145, CARROLL 26
Northwestern’s Savannah Gamester and Addie Roth were both quadruple winners as the Purple Tigers started the season with a victory in the Cougar tank.
Gamester won the 200 free in 2:13.99, the 100 butterfly in 1:13.03 individually. She teamed with Laney Miller, Elizabethe O’Donnell and Christine Dewhurst to win the 200 free relay in 2:00.82, then teamed with Roth, Kindra Gingerich and Mariah Roberts to win the 400 free relay in 4:22.01.
Roth won the 200 IM in 2:35.15 and the 100 breast stroke 1:17.90. She was also on the 400 free relay team, and teamed with Roberts, Samantha Leonard and Dewhurst to win the 200 medley relay in 2:16.45.
Roberts won the 50 free in 28.52. Gingerich won the 100 free in 1:02.08, and the 100 backstroke in 1:08.45. Abby Olsen won the diving competition with a score of 138.5. And Alexandria Millikan won the 500 free in 6:41.09.
“It’s just really hard when you go in there and [the Cougars] have only got eight girls and you’ve got 25, and it’s your opening meet and you want the girls to all swim. I don’t like beating a team like that, but it’s hard not to let the girls swim,” NW coach Cindy Britten said. “They all did great. We had some fantastic times. Some girls were where they were at the end of last season. That’s pretty exciting. They’ve been working hard and they’ve been anxious to get a meet.”
OAK HILL 61, TAYLOR 51
The Titans (1-1) took a 26-20 lead into the halftime break, but were outscored by the host Golden Eagles 26-11 in the decisive third quarter.
“Obviously, we gave up 26 in the third quarter and 35 the rest of the way,” Taylor coach Dennis Bentzler said. “Part of that could be my fault. We played really well in the first half and didn’t want to make many adjustments at the half. But, we got bogged down on some screen-and-rolls, and kind of fell apart defensively. We still have a long way to go, but overall I’m pretty pleased right now. Oak Hill is a good team and with us still pretty young, I want us to compete and be more dangerous, and I thought we did that [Tuesday] night.”
Brie Boehler led Taylor with 15 points and four rebounds. Cami Hansen finished with 10 points, Caitlyn Good added nine and Savannah Delgado finished with eight.
Oak Hill (1-1) outrebounded the Titans 36-15. Sammi Metzger and Abby Scott both scored 14 to lead the Golden Eagles.
TIPTON 77, NORTHWESTERN 36
Kacie Juday opened the season with a double-double for the Class 2A, No. 4-ranked Blue Devils (1-0) with 30 points and 14 steals.
The Blue Devils were in control with end of first quarter score of 22-10, and halftime 45-20. Tipton went on to out-score Northwestern 32-16 in the second half for the final 77-36.
“I thought for Game 1 our effort was extraordinary,” Tipiton coach Nick Comer said. “Obviously we’ve been licking our chops to play somebody else. Obviously, we’ve got some things to clean up ... but I was really pleased with our communication. We helped one an other through some things and I thought we played extremely hard.”
The Blue Devils defense caused havic for Northwestern, creating 41 turnovers, including 23 steals.
Besides Juday’s 30 points, Macie Lively was next in scoring for Tipton with 20, and Lela Crawford followed with 11.
Northwestern’s Brooke Treadway also had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Sydney Zeck added nine points.