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November 13, 2012

New girls swimming and diving season is here

NW, Western, Kokomo all return veteran squads

Northwestern and Western battled back and forth in the Mid-Indiana Conference girls swimming and diving meet last season. The Purple Tigers caught and passed the Panthers on the second-to-last event and went on to win the title, beating the Panthers by four points.

The squads look strong again this season.

Northwestern, which had just two seniors last season, returns a veteran team that includes a strong sophomore class.

“We’re really excited about the upcoming year,” Northwestern coach Cindy Britten said. “We have a lot of talent, the girls are hard working, and we feel pretty confident with what we have. One of their goals is a repeat MIC championship and to get better seeded at the sectional. We’re excited to get things started and give them a challenge.”

The Panthers, with junior Summer Brown leading the way, are shooting for the conference trophy after falling just short last season.

“We’d like to do something about that this season. They’ve shown that they’re willing to work for it. I think it’s a reasonable goal for them to have,” Western coach Brad Bennett said.

Brown makes the Panthers a strong contender. As a sophomore, she reached the state meet in the 200- and 100-yard freestyle events, finishing fifth in the 200 and seventh in the 100. She posted school-record times in both events during the opening night of the state meet — 1:50.88 in the 200 and 51.50 seconds in the 100.

Bennett said Brown is driven to succeed.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had a more dedicated swimmer, boys or girls. She is extremely focused and able to swim at a high level the entire season. Every yard she swims is hard and she is always focused on getting better,” Bennett said.

Also in Howard County, Kokomo has a deep squad while Eastern is rebuilding.

The season kicks off tonight. The following are looks at the four Howard County teams.

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