Columbus North coach Jim Sheridan said the Columbus North Relays give his swimmers a chance to break from the grinding routine each year, kind of a refreshing week when the athletes aren’t focused on the same old thing.
One thing stayed the same, though. The Bull Frogs had lots of success.
The Columbus North girls team won its portion of the event against second-place Center Grove and third-place Floyd Central.
On the boys side, the Bull Frogs placed second behind meet winner Bloomington North. Center Grove was third.
The relay event features many races that aren’t part of a regular high school meet in Indiana. “One of the neat things about this meet is that it means nothing in terms of rankings in the state,” Sheridan said. “It is a mental break for the kids to be able to do different things. It also gives the coaches a chance to see everyone on the team swim different races instead of the usual lineup.”
Since the event involves only relays, swimmers who concentrate on individual events get a chance to swim for their teammates. “You have teammates relying on each other,” Sheridan said. “And the fans are all on their feet.”
It was only the second time in the history of the 32-year-old meet that North won the girls team title.
The Bull Frogs won the girls open 200 backstroke relay as Karen Wildemann, Marie Wildemann, Syndey Jarrard and Mary Jeffares timed 2:11.18.
Maddie Wyke, Kelcie Davie, Emma Wyke and Jesse Freudenthaler put together a 1:57.08 to triumph in the 200 butterfly relay.
Wildemann, Mackenzie Coles, Marah Bieger and Maddie Wyke finished first in the 400 medley relay. Jarrard, Freudenthaler, Rachael Sollman and Wildemann won the 100 free relay in 51.79. Maddie Wyke, Fry, Sollman and Emma Wyke won the 400 free relay in 3:01.42.
In boys action, North won the 500 free relay as Raleigh Caldwell, Sam Loescher, John Rupp and Chase McQueen timed a 4:29.20. The Bull Frogs also won the 400 free relay as Cody Taylor, Rupp, Loescher and Sam Parker put together a 3:01.42 swim.
Sheridan said that the Bloomington North boys proved they are going to be tough to beat in conference competition this season.
East third in Shelbyville Relays
SHELBYVILLE — Columbus East’s boys and girls both finished third in the Shelbyville Relays. Pendleton Heights won both meets.
East’s boys won two events. Seth Frownfelter, Grant Huffman, Matt Schutte and Jacob Smith took the 400 freestyle relay in 3:43.34, and Isaac Walling, Logan Hudson and Michael Hannasch captured the 400 medley relay (200 IM-100 IM-100 IM) in 4:17.61.
For the girls, Moriah Herbert, Tanu Bhatawadeker, Brooke Statler and Gracie Webb won the 100 freestyle relay in 58.50.
Crusaders down International
Chris Noblitt tallied 32 points and 10 rebounds to lead Columbus Christian to a 66-54 win against Indianapolis International.
Josh Miracle grabbed seven rebounds for the Crusaders (9-1). Nick Bridgewater had seven assists.
Cubs too much for Jets
FRANKLIN — Franklin jumped out to a 38-22 halftime lead, then used a 27-4 third-quarter spread to pull away for an 83-33 win over Hauser.
Rory Thayer led the Jets (0-5) with seven points.
Eagles pick up first win
NASHVILLE — Brown County limited Greenwood to 10 points in the second half in pulling away for a 50-33 victory, its first of the season.
Tony Goral led the Eagles (1-4) with 22 points. Steve Norman added 14, and Collin Hoskins had 10.
Lancers rout North Decatur
GREENSBURG — Edinburgh held North Decatur to single digits in every quarter in rolling to a 60-28 Mid-Hoosier Conference win.
Caleb Giles led the Lancers (2-1, 1-0) with 24 points. Kyle Pendleton added 12.
Crusaders fall to Gryphons
Indianapolis International held Columbus Christian to two field goals and one second-half point in handing the Crusaders a 29-11 loss.
Tori Robinson and Rachel Warren scored four points apiece to lead the Crusaders (3-4).
Bulldogs edge Panthers
NEW ALBANY — Jennings County missed 20 free throws, and it cost the Panthers in a 51-51 Hoosier Hills Conference loss at New Albany.
Jennings (4-4, 1-2) went 11 of 31 from the free-throw line. Sydney Kirchner led the Panthers with 14 points, while Kirsten Biggs added 13.
Eagles fall at Sullivan
SULLIVAN — Sullivan jumped out to a 19-6 lead after one quarter and went on to hand Brown County a 59-27 Western Indiana Conference loss.
Tanner Chapman led the Eagles (5-2, 1-2) with 11 points.
Cougars 3rd in tourney
ORLEANS — Trinity Lutheran fell to Springs Valley 56-47 in the semifinals before downing Shoals 47-36 in the consolation game to finish third in the Orleans Tournament.
Allison Posey poured in 28 points against Springs Valley. Mariah Nolan led the Cougars (4-5) with 13 against Shoals.