TAKING THE PLUNGE: Kokomo’s Mitchell Gauger lands a dive during his squad’s meet with Maconaquah Thursday at Kokomo. Gauger won the diving competition with a score of 229.55 to help Kokomo’s boys win 103-82. The Kokomo girls won 99-83, giving the Katfish a sweep.

The Kokomo swimming and diving squads swept Maconaquah’s in tight meets at the Kokomo pool Thursday night. The Katfish girls won 99-83 and the boys won 103-82.

“Maconaquah gave us a good challenge, they are a much improved team,” Kokomo coach Brian Hindson said. “We swam well considering its our third meet of the week and we’re still hammering away on workouts. We had a good number of best times and a lot of good races.”

On the boys side, Tyler Gauger was a quadruple winner and Stephen Sehr and Jaymes Cardwell were triple winners for the Kats. Those three teamed with Josh Johnson to win the 200 medley relay (1:49.71) and combined with Justin Whalen to win the 200 free relay (1:34.89).

Tyler Gauger also took the 200 IM (2:02.53) and the 100 breast stroke (1:04.73). Sehr added a victory in the 200 free (1:56.51) while Cardwell won the 100 free (52.28). Also for the Kats, Mitchell Gauger won the 1-meter diving competition with 229.55 points while Tigh Lane won the 100 butterfly in 1:01.25.

On the girls side, Kokomo won all but three events, yet couldn’t shake Maconaquah. The Kats got a big lift late in the meet when Katfish swimmers Megan Rakestraw, Tricia Hatfield and Jackie Cooney took second, third and fourth respectively in the 100 backstroke, giving the Kats nine points in the event despite not claiming the blue ribbon.

Quadruple winners Jessica Moore, Katie Hingst and Kelsey Griffin led the Kats. The three combined with Nikki Graham to take the 200 medley relay (2:06.63). Moore, Griffin, Hingst and Graham also teamed to win the 200 free relay (1:51.59).

Moore also won the 200 free (2:11.30) and the 500 free (5:49.14). Griffin took the 200 IM (2:36.22) and the 100 breast stroke (1:22.37). Hingst took the 50 free (25.83) and the 100 butterfly (1:03.17). Kokomo’s Brittany Gauger took the diving with a score of 200.4.

Kokomo’s swimming teams compete in the Holiday Classic at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis Saturday.

Girls swimming

Carroll 108, Lafayette Catholic 77

Catholic won eight of the 12 events, but Carroll used its superior depth to come away with the win.

Carroll had three individual winners: Emma Cattrell in the 200 freestyle (2:21.92); Emily Schneckloth in the 100 breast stroke (1:21.38) and Heather DeLon in the 1-meter diving program (201.25 points). The Cougars also picked up a win in the 200 freestyle relay where Katilyn Brewster, Schneckloth, Valerie Allbaugh and Jennifer Hardyniec posted a winning time of 1:56.61.

Tribune sportswriters Pedro Velaco and Bryan Gaskins compiled this roundup.

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