Columbus North swimmers split with Franklin Central

It was a clean sweep for the Columbus North boys swimmers Thursday night.

The Bull Frogs won all 12 events in rolling to a 143-39 win against Franklin Central. The Flashes won the girls meet 99-87.

“Continuing to try and swim faster, every day and every meet,” North coach Logan Schaefer said of his team’s goal for the meet. “That’s the theme in practice, and we want to keep getting faster all the way up to our championship meets. So coming in and trying to do things better than what we did before against some great competition.”

For the second consecutive meet, the boys team claimed first in every event, led off by the 200-yard medley relay team of Paxton Rush, Evan Patterson, Jared Carroll and Christopher Lee, who swam 1 minute, 45.16 seconds.

Patterson put together a stellar night, also winning the 200 individual medley (2:03.22) and 100 butterfly (53.75). Nick Green was victorious in the 500 freestyle (5:01.12) and 100 breaststroke (1:05.92).

Carroll also won the 100 freestyle (48.90). He accompanied Nico Jones, Mason King and Thomas Goble in winning the 200 freestyle relay (1:37.59) and also the 400 freestyle relay with Nick Green, Lee and Jared Green (3:29.66).

Sam Russell won the 200 freestyle (1:48.49), Aiden McAlister placed first in the 50 freestyle (25.01) and Grant Fehribach won the diving competition (213.20) and Ayush Panda won the 100 backstroke (1:00.53).

The girls were led by a strong night from Betsy King, who placed first in the 200 freestyle (1:59.67), 500 freestyle (5:23.63) and the 400 freestyle relay with teammates Olivia Morlok, Karlie Brown and Erica Samuel (3:50.80). Morlok won the 200 IM, and Samuel took the 100 freestyle (57.71).

“The girls are racing, and they are racing more and that is what we want to see as we swim against great competition,” Schaefer said. “I think this is a good hill for us to climb over as we head into conference next week.”