Daily Reporter staff reports
Eastern Hancock’s swim teams finished the regular season with two second-place finishes on Wednesday, with two individuals breaking school records.
Hagerstown won on the girls side with 81 points, just edging the Royals with 75 points. Rushville was third in a tight race with 69.
For the boys, Hagerstown won, as well, totaling 136 points to Eastern Hancock’s 111. Rushville was third with 28.
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Shelby Kell broke a school record in the 200-yard individual medley, finishing in 2:40.10. Chris Walton continued his impressive season after setting another program mark in the 200 freestyle (2:03.61).
Seventeen other Royals broke season or lifetime best swims on Wednesday.
“A special congratulations goes out to our senior boys (Jacob Stacy and Jacob Fish),” Eastern Hancock head coach Derek McCormick said. “We wish you guys a great end to the season and thank you for all you have done for this team.
“Also a big thank you and congratulations goes out to our two senior girls (Sinah Griessler and Zurine Zuazo). It has been awesome to get to know you guys. Your attitudes toward practice and other teammates were contagious and we cannot thank you enough.”
Warriors sweep Dragons
New Palestine swim teams fell to Whiteland on Tuesday, with the girls losing 128-54 and the boys falling 108-75.
“We swam within expectations tonight,” coach Steve Maxwell said. “Whiteland is a very strong program, but we needed this meet to make some final assessments about our girls sectional lineup and the possible design of our boys sectional lineup.”
The girls had multiple second-place finishes including Kenzie Wells in the 50 yard freestyle, Shannon Jones in diving and Hailee Holberton in the 100 yard breaststroke. The 200 yard medley relay team of Courtnee Coffman, Holberton, Kara Mustard and Wells also finished second.
On the boys’ side, Connor Page won the diving competition while teammate Carter Stephenson was second. Page teamed with Chase Crowder, Michael O’Leary and Joey Rogers to win the 200 yard medley relay.
“I was impressed with the effort of many of our athletes tonight,” Maxwell said. “We have been stressing ‘early speed’ in our practice sessions, and it was clear this point of emphasis was being implemented.”