Swim club takes 9th at state

Staff Reports

The Donner Swim Club finished ninth overall at the 2015 Indiana Age Group State Short Course Championships on March 20 to 22 in Indianapolis.

The 10 & Under swimmers from Donner placed second in the combined team scoring for their age group.

Nicholas Green was the overall top performer for Donner, finishing second in the high point category for the 11-12 boys and winning his first two state titles in the 200 and 500 freestyle events. His time in the 500 was a Donner Club record, breaking Michael Brinegar’s record from three years ago. Green also got on the podium (top 8) in all six of his events by finishing fourth in the 100 free, 100 butterfly and 200 IM, as well as sixth in the 100 breaststroke.

Nalanie Cortez was Donner’s next individual high scorer, getting fourth in the 10 & Under girls high point category by placing third in the 100 freestyle, fourth in the 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, seventh in the 50 backstroke, and 10th in the 200 IM. Cortez broke Donner Club records in the 50 and 100 freestyle events (20- and 27-year-old records, respectively), as well as in the 100 backstroke (a 34-year-old record).

Lauren Barker was sixth overall in the high point category for the 10 & under girls, placing third in the 50 breaststroke, fourth in the 100 breaststroke, fifth in the 50 and 100 freestyle, eighth (tie) in the 50 backstroke, and 11th in the 200 IM. Barker also claimed a Donner Club record in the 50 breaststroke (an 18-year-old record).

Sam Russell finished in the top 16 in all six of his events by placing fifth in the 13-14 1,650 freestyle, sixth in the 1,000 freestyle, ninth in the 200 fly and 400 IM, 13th in the 500 freestyle, and 16th in the 200 IM. Ayush Panda also scored in all six of his individual events, finishing in fifth in the 11-12 50 freestyle, 10th in the 200 freestyle, 11th in the 500 freestyle, 13th in the 100 freestyle, and 15th in the 100 backstroke and 200 IM.

Olivia Morlok placed second in the 11-12 500 free-style and third in the 200 freestyle. Daniel Utterback got on the podium with a fifth-place finish in the 10 & under 100 butterfly, and scored in his other five races, placing 10th in the 100 freestyle, 12th in the 50 freestyle, 50 butterfly and 200 freestyle and 15th in the 200 IM.

Maggie Johnson scored in four of her five races, placing 11th in the 10 & under 200 freestyle, 14th in the 100 butterfly, 15th in the 100 freestyle and 16th in the 50 freestyle. Rachel Sabotin finished 10th in the 13-14 1,000 freestyle and 13th in the 1650 freestyle. Abby Gregory scored in the 10 & under 100 breaststroke by finishing in 13th place.

The 10 & under girls 200 freestyle relay consisting of Barker, Johnson, Ellie Proffitt and Cortez won by more than two seconds and broke the Donner Club record. The 200 medley relay with Gregory, Barker, Johnson and Cortez placed fourth, breaking a 24-year-old club record. The 11-12 boys relays both finished in seventh, with Panda, Albert Nusawardhana, Aidan McAlister and Green on the 200 free relay, and Matthew Pearson, Green, Jared Greene and Panda on the 200 medley relay. The 10 & under boys relays also scored points for Donner, both consisting of Brady Beyer, Liam Phillips, Misha Machavariani and Utterback, with the 200 free relay finishing in 10th and the 200 medley relay finishing in 13th.

Also swimming in individual events or relays over the weekend were Sydney Morlok, Karissa Bevis, Samantha Hoovler, Karlie Brown, Jared Carroll and Lizhi Qin.


Skaters sharp at invitational

Lincoln Center figure skaters Hope Manley and Jadalynn Hampton took first place awards at the Louisville Skating Academy’s Springtime Invitational on March 20 to 22.

Manley placed first in the Novice Short Program and Free Skate, third in Gold Dance and fourth in Junior Combined Dance.

Hampton won the First Basic 4 class. Taylor Manley was second in the Juvenile Short Program, fourth in the Intermediate Combined Dance, fifth in Pre-Silver Dance and seventh in Juvenile Free Skate.

Jessyka Brown placed fourth in Basic Free Skate 1 while Alyssa Green was fifth in Basic Free Skate 1, and Mackenzie Hampton was fifth in Basic 6.

The skaters are coached by Jenni Cashen.


Big scores in local play

In Wednesday Night Mixed play at the Columbus Bowling Center, Steve Phillips shot the high game of 290. Pat Fischer and Ryan Robertson were next at 255.

Phillips also had the high series of 738, followed by Robertson at 677 and Fischer at 660.

On the women’s side, Katie Jessup rolled the high game of 226, followed by Judy Anderson at 220 and Jan Mahoney at 213.

Katie Jessup had the high series of 600, followed by Sarah Jessup at 555 and Judy Anderson at 517.

P.J.’s had the high team game of 891 and the high team series of 2,552. P.J.’s leads the standings at 142-82, followed by Aces & 8s at 138-86 and Beer Nuts at 134-90.

In Senior Men’s League action, Steve Phillips had the high game with a 296, followed by Charlie Williams at 256, Vern Phillips at 247, Allen Smith at 246 and John York at 216.

Phillips also recorded the high series with a 751, followed by Vern Phillips at 641, Smith at 605, Donn Voyles at 604 and Dave Mikels at 600.

The Falcons rolled the high handicap series with a 3,032, while the Pumas lead the standings at 124-92, followed by the Tigers at 118-98 and the Falcons at 114-102.

In Sunday Night Mixed League action, Thomas Wilson had the high game for the men with a 244, followed by Luther Johnson at 226 and Andy England at 220. Dave Whittington rolled the high series at 685, followed by Kevin Branum at 639 and Steve Sebastian at 608.

On the women’s side, Nikki Lynn shot the high game of 207, followed by Brandy Wilson at 189 and Shanna Wilson and Janet Acton at 185. Ashley Burton had the high series of 595, followed by Kerry Walker at 571 and Debbie Clements at 478.

In Thursday Ladies Matinee play, Lu Kinman had the high series of 494, followed by Carolyn Burton at 455 and Mary Rynerson at 446. Kinman had the high game of 179, followed by Rosemary Hull at 168 and Leda Dean at 167.


Week 2 results

In women’s play, Down & Dirty defeated Blue Angels 46-7, and Score’s shut out Turtles 35-0.

In men’s play, Sharp downed Hard Up 25-6, Revelation defeated Team 8 27-26, Shockers got past the Blue Storm 24-20, Just Us triumphed over the Ball Hogs 32-20, Hard Up ran past PB 25-19, Parental Advisory nipped the Ball Hogs 25-24, Team 8 prevailed over PB 40-20, Sharp defeated Toyota 40-6, and Bombs downed Just Us 26-6.