North boys, girls swimming win season opener

Columbus North hosted its boys and girls season opener against Jennings County with six swimmers finishing first in two individual events.

The Bull Frogs had three boys finish first in multiple individual events on their way to a 132-49 win. The North girls had three girls finish first in multiple individual events, winning 122-64.

North’s Angel Torres Martinez won the boys 200-yard individual medley (2 minutes, 13.15 seconds) and 100 freestyle (52.03), Jared Carroll took the 50 freestyle (22.56) and 100 backstroke (57.48) and Sam Russell captured the 100 butterfly (55.58) and 100 breaststroke (1:04.83).

Kaemon Jiles scored 244.10 points to earn a first-place finish in diving. The Bull Frogs won the 200 medley (1:45.07) and the 400 freestyle (3:53.06) relays.

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For the North girls, Alex Nusawardhana placed first in the 200 IM (2:16.05) and 100 breaststroke (1:15.47), Betsy King won the 50 freestyle (25.76) and 100 freestyle (55.50) and Darby Coles took the 100 butterfly (1:04.03) and 100 backstroke (1:03.36).

Olivia Morlok won the 200 freestyle (2:16.05), Karlie Brown took the 500 freestyle (5:56.55) and the Bull Frogs placed first in the 200 medley (2:04.57) and the 400 freestyle (3:54.10) relays.

“I was pretty pleased,” North coach Logan Schaefer said. “The kids were as excited to begin the meet as we were. It’s been about four weeks for the girls of just swimming and about two weeks for the boys. They were chomping at the bit to get a meet and ready to race.”

“It’s great to see the work that we’re doing as a team in the pool to come back and show at our meets,” Schaefer said.

Jennings County coach Chaz Wilson also was proud of how his team performed. Peyton Moore won the boys 500 freestyle (5:08.90) and 200 freestyle (1:51.25). Hailey Brown won the girls diving event with 188.00 points, and the Panthers took both the boys (141:33) and girls (1:43.05) 200 freestyle relay.

“Our first meet for the boys went well tonight,” Wilson said. “For the girls, I thought we performed very well for our second meet. I was impressed with Peyton Moore and everybody in general. There are some things we need to work on overall as a team, but I think we still need to build up some things. Other than that, I thought we did excellent.”