Veteran Columbus North swimming coach Jim Sheridan has a versatile team this season.
The Bull Frogs’ fifth-ranked boys and eighth-ranked girls showed off that versatility in their season-openers Monday night. The girls rolled to a 130-55 win against Jennings County, while the North boys prevailed 121-63.
“We have what I would call an eclectic team,” Sheridan said. “I have lots of kids who can swim lots of events, so they get a chance to swim what some people might say is their ‘off’ events, but what I say would be their ‘next-best first event,’ and they get a chance to race and get some lifetime-bests.”
The Bull Frogs notched 58 personal-bests. Both the boys and girls won 10 of the 11 swimming events.
Rachael Sollman won the 200-yard freestyle (2 minutes, 2.24 seconds) and 100 breaststroke (1:14.26), Marah Bieger took the 50 freestyle (25.78) and 100 butterfly (1:03.58) and Maddie Wyke captured the 500 freestyle (5:24.24) and 100 backstroke (1:02.34) to lead the girls. Mackenzie Fry won the 200 individual medley (2:18.90), and North swept the 200 medley (2:02.25), 200 freestyle (1:45.96) and 400 freestyle (3:48.78) relays.
Cody Taylor won the 50 freestyle (22.39) and 100 backstroke (54.98), and Sam Loescher took the 100 butterfly (56.96) and 500 freestyle (4:54.32) to lead the boys. Zach Ziegler won the 200 IM (2:09.06), Sam Parker took the 100 freestyle (51.11), John Rupp captured the 100 breaststroke (1:03.85) and the Bull Frogs swept the 200 medley (1:41.66), 200 freestyle (1:38.95) and 400 freestyle (3:23.96) relays.
“It was good to see them all racing and racing hard,” Sheridan said. “That’s what I liked.”
For the Panthers, Trever Wilson won the boys 200 freestyle in 1:54.00 and finished second in the 500 freestyle in a school-record (5:00.71), and Lane Sawyer took the diving competition (184.90). Julie Doran won the girls 100 freestyle (58.91), and Chessler Biggs (187.50) and Katelyn Posey (181.85) went 1-2 in diving.
“We swam well in some areas,” Jennings coach Bill Dillon said. “We had some good times, but made a lot of mistakes, as far as some missed turns and timing stuff. It was a little bit rusty, being the first meet out, but some of the times were still good, even with the mistakes, so that’s a good sign. We just have to go back and clean some things up.”
Crusaders rout Colonial Christian
Columbus Christian raced out to a 19-point halftime lead and never looked back on its way to a 63-32 win against Colonial Christian.
Chris Noblitt went 7 of 8 from the field and led the Crusaders (3-0) with 16 points and seven rebounds. Ian Gray added 12 points.
Columbus Christian will host Crothersville for the first time Friday. It will be the Crusaders’ first IHSAA opponent of the season.
“I just hope we’ll be ready to go,” Columbus Christian coach Kevin Roth said. “We haven’t really been pushed these first three games. It’s always a good barometer for us.”
Crusaders fall to Colonial Christian
Columbus Christian scored only six points in the second half as it fell to visiting Colonial Christian 37-25.
Tori Robinson scored 13 points to lead Columbus Christian, which fell to 1-2 after being held scoreless in the fourth quarter. Emily Price had four points.
Lancers notch first win
EDINBURGH — Edinburgh knocked off winless Beech Grove 49-41 to pick up its first win of the season.
Maile Cox led the Lancers (1-4) with 14 points. Jennifer Stinson added 11, and Autumne Burton had 10.
Panthers rally to top Cougars
GREENSBURG — South Decatur led by nine points in the second quarter, but Knightstown rallied for a 62-50 victory.
“We lost our legs,” South Decatur coach Amy Macy said. “That’s what happens when you play three games in four days.”
Courtney Billingsley and Ashley Johannigman each scored 13 points to lead the Cougars (1-5), who couldn’t overcome 28 turnovers. Samantha Miller added 12 points, and Julia Miller had nine rebounds and five assists.
Unbeaten Spartans down Trinity
SEYMOUR — Southwestern (Shelby) ran its record to 5-0 with a 62-46 win against Trinity Lutheran.
Allison Posey led the Cougars (1-2) with 19 points. Kaitlyn Wright added 11.