Western’s Grace Lupoi took two fourth-place finishes and Jenaka Hawkins placed fifth to lead the local contingent in the final phase of the Noblesville Girls Swimming and Diving Sectional on Saturday.
Grace Lupoi and Hawkins posted solid swims in the championship finals. Grace Lupoi was fourth in the 50 freestyle (24.59) and was also fourth in the 100 free (53.5). Hawkins was fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.84).
Also for the Panthers in the consolation finals: Hawkins was 11th in the 200 IM (2:23.55); Sophia Pate was 13th in the 200 freestyle (2:12.83) and was 14th in the 500 free (5:58.82); Delaney Lupoi was 10th in the 100 free (55.69) and 12th in the 100 backstroke (1:04.15); and Emma Shoemaker was 14th in the 100 backstroke (1:16.21).
In relay action, Delaney Lupoi, Hawkins, Shoemaker and Pate took fifth in the 200 medley relay in 1:55.79. Hawkins, Delaney Lupoi, Shoemaker and Grace Shoemaker were fourth in the 200 free relay (1:45.16). And Rachel Zentz, Natalie Thomson, Pate and Lauren LaFever were 11th in the 400 free relay (4:20.06).
“There’s a lot of pressure Thursday night just to fight to be able to stay alive and make it back to [Saturday],” Western coach Brad Bennett said. “I was really happy with the way everybody swam and see people move up. Especially Jenaka as a freshman. There’s a lot of pressure in swimming against literally some of the best competition in the nation in Carmel. She’s a seasoned club swimmer but it’s not the same atmosphere as a high school sectional. It’s deafening in there.
“We had a great season, a great dynamic of girls. I was sad to see it end, but was glad to see how well they did and pretty much everybody ended on a high note.”
Carmel ran away with the team title with 579 points. Noblesville was second (364). Maconaquah was fifth (157), Western sixth (142), Tipton seventh (100), Kokomo eighth (94), Northwestern 10th (59) and Eastern 11th (43).
The diving contingent led Maconaquah’s effort as Raygan Plothow took fourth (412.2), Natalie Tubb was fifth (377.6) and Sarah Montgomery was eighth (356.3). Plothow took the last advancing spot for Tuesday’s Fishers Diving Regional.
Maconaquah’s medley relay team took sixth as Abby Shrock, Janet Johnston, Allee Nethercutt and Bailey Hays finished in 2:04.63. The 200 free relay team of Rachel Little, Riley Jones, Alaina Simmons and Anna Borden was fifth (1:47.74). And the 400 free relay team of Hays, Nethercutt, Johnston and Borden was fifth (3:58.44).
Swimming in the championship finals, Kokomo’s Madison Cleaver took sixth in the 50 free (24.74) and sixth in the 100 free (54.43).
In the consolation finals, Addison Reckard was 12th in the 200 free (2:11.95) and 13th in the 500 free (5:54.45). Brittany Lucas was 16th in the 200 free (2:20.06).
Kaitlyn McGraw was 13th in diving (329.65).
In the relays, Kokomo was 11th in the 200 Medley as Morgan Reecer, Haley Salinas, Emily Griggs and Rachel Wyrick finished in 2:19.33. The team of Cleaver, Shelby Wells, Lucas and Reckard took ninth in the 200 free relay (1:49.34). And the team of Cleaver, Reckard, Wells and Lucas was seventh in the 400 free relay (4:02.99).
The Tigers’ top finish came in the 200 medley relay, where Lauren Longshore, Ann Bourff, Sasha Jocius and Kayla Campbell placed ninth in 2:07.98.
Campbell, Livi Hale, Madelyn Millikan and Kaylynne Fernandes were 9th in the 400 free relay (4:08.68). Camber Fillenwarth took 14th in diving with a score of 313.05. Ann Bourff was 13th (1:08.94) and Grace Bourff 15th (1:11.74) in the 100 butterfly. Campbell, Millikan, Hale and Ellie Hendrickson were 10th in the 200 free relay (1:50.84).
Eastern’s lone individual finals qualifier, Kristina Standish, took 14th in the 100 butterfly with a season-best time of 1:09.53.
All three of Eastern’s relay squads posted personal-best times. The 200 medley team of Standish, Sam Everling, Lauryn Shane and Dayle Matheny took 10th in 2:18.44. The 200 free team of Everling, Addison Ream, Ella Kantz and Brittney Eckart finished 11th in 1:58.15. And the 400 free relay team of Matheny, Shane, Kantz and Eckard finished in 4:18.95 for 10th.
Northwestern won the seven-team Lafayette Jeff Invite with a score of 109.5.
The Tigers’ Catie Smith had a fantastic day, taking first in every event. She scored 37.8 all-around, 9.65 in vault, 9.35 in bars, 9.1 in beam and 9.7 in floor.
“She had a really solid day. Very proud of her,” Northwestern coach Ashley Miller said. “Last week was very exciting because we improved our team score by almost four points and [Saturday] we got almost three points higher than last week. The girls are super-excited right now and we just hope we can keep it going.”
Regan Gross was third all-around (35.4), Ashtyn Gross was fifth (34.95) and Catelyn Wilson eighth (33.75).
Regan Gross was second in bars (9.0), fifth in beam (8.85), fourth in vault (8.95), fifth in beam (8.5), and tied for fifth with Rachel Mast in floor (8.95). Ashtyn Gross was third in bars (8.85) and beam (8.85), and sixth in floor (8.85). Wilson was second in floor (9.25) and third in vault (9.35).