North sophomore makes big splash

Columbus North sophomore Michael Brinegar finished second in his age group in both the 10K and 5K in last weekend’s USA Swimming National Open Water Championships in Miromar Lakes, Florida.

In the 10K, Brinegar fijnished second in the 15-16 division, fifth among 18-and-under swimmers, 17th among Americans and 25th overall. In the 5K, he finished a close second in the 18-and-under division, eighth among Americans and 16th overall.

Brinegar’s performances qualified him for the World Junior Open Water Championships in July in The Netherlands and placed him on the 2016-17 USA Swimming Junior National Team.

Since the beginning of 2016, Brinegar has swam times that have ranked him among 15-16-year-olds No. 2 in the country in the 1,650-yard freestyle, No. 6 in the 1,000 freestyle and No. 16 in the 500 freestyle. He is currently ranked No. 12 in the Class of 2018 on the CollegeSwimming website.

At the American Short Course Championships in Austin, Texas, Brinegar achieved an Olympic Trials cut in the 400-meter freestyle. He had earlier achieved a trials cut in the 400-meter freestyle as a 14-year-old in July 2014.

Brinegar spent spring break training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and with his Golden West Swim Club teammates in Huntington Beach, California, then spent a week training with other Olympic Trials qualifiers in Athens, Greece. The Olympic Trials will be June 26 to July 3 in Omaha, Nebraska.


Central sweeps Seymour

The Central seventh- and eighth-grade boys and girls swept Seymour on Thursday. The Chargers won the eighth-grade boys meet 67-38, the seventh-grade boys meet 68-37, the eighth-grade girls meet 71-34 and the seventh-grade girls meet 56-48.

Central winners for the eighth-grade boys were Daveed Jolley in the 100 and 200 meters, Ben Kuhlman in the high jump, Dalton Kirk in the shot put, Harley Ford in the discus, Evan Patterson in the 400 and Eric Stiles in the 800. The Chargers also swept the 4×800, 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

Winners for the seventh-grade boys were Elliott Koopman in the high jump and 200, RK Tawula in the shot, Cam Shrum in the discus and Kaden Wise in the 800. Central took the 4×800 and 4×100 relays.

Brea Hunter led the eighth-grade girls with wins in the long jump, 100 and 200. Other winners were Zoey Horn in the high jump, Sydney Kimbler in the shot, Riley Eder in the discus, Emily Stiles in the 100 hurdles and the 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams.

Winners for the seventh-grade girls were Kate Hagan in the high jump, Jazmyn Speer in the shot, Lynna Hendershot in the 100 hurdles and Elizabeth Stevens in the 1,600. The Chargers also won the 4×800 and 4×100 relays.


North JV tops Panthers

The Columbus North junior varsity posted a 169-184 win against Jennings County Wednesday at St. Anne’s.

North’s Henry Kiel won medalist honors with a 38. Drew Smith added a 39, Jonathan Ward had a 44 and Jake Hill and Jackson Swain each shot 48.

Bryce Kirchner and Hunter Sporleder each shot 45 to lead the Panthers. Justin Gasper and John Kelley each shot 47, and Briar Davis had a 58.

Irish down Chargers

Central’s Jacob Niedbalski and Adrian Adams tied for medalist honors with 45s, but St. Bartholomew posted a 214-225 win Wednesday at Harrison Lake.

Michael Gambiani led the Irish with a 46. Luke Golding added a 55, Nicholas Schiavello added a 56 and Joe Neal had a 57.


Bowler rolls 300 game

Jacob Rose bowled a 300 game on March 25 in the Friday Night Merry Mixers League. Rose also posted the men’s high series with a 757.

Meanwhile, Lu Kinman recorded the high game (206) and series (552) in the Thursday Ladies Matinee League. Heaven Bound had the team high game (691) and series (1,857). Chillin Out leads the team standings at 138-110.

Kinman also rolled the women’s high game (192) in the final week of the Wednesday Night Mixed League. Bonnie Roberts had the women’s high series (504). Melvin Roberts Jr. notched the men’s high game (254), and Richard Baldwin had the men’s high series (684). Old Time Flea Market finished atop the team standings at 172-84.