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Blonde ambition: Dyed Cougars win 4th straight

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NEW PALESTINE — Pendleton Heights won more events. Mt. Vernon ended the relay streak.

It didn’t matter.

Relying on top-to-bottom depth, the Greenfield-Central boys won the Hoosier Heritage Conference Swim Meet for the fourth consecutive season Saturday at New Palestine, outdistancing runner-up Mt. Vernon by 137 points — the third time in the past four winters the Cougars have prevailed at the conference meet by over 100 points.

G-C finished with 446.5 points. MV had 309.5 points, edging Yorktown (306) for second.

Pendleton Heights (275), Delta (240), New Palestine (178), Shelbyville (168.5) and New Castle (134.5) rounded out the rest of the field.

A former captain of the University of Indianapolis swim team, Cougars’ coach Mark Logan attempted to galvanize his squad earlier in the week by participating in an annual tradition. Members of the team dye their hair blonde in the days leading up to the conference as a way of showing team unity. Logan decided to partake in the ritual this time around, and he showed up to New Palestine Natatorium Saturday with hair as yellow as the corn that covers the Greenfield landscape each fall.

“I just felt I needed to emphasize the importance of conference and sectionals. I needed to be a team player,” said Logan, in his second year heading the G-C boys. “So, they got to dye my hair.”

Entering Saturday, the Cougars boasted a six-race win streak in the relays, sweeping the 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays in each of the past two HHC Meets.

That run lasted all of 10 minutes Saturday, as the Marauders’ quartet of Cole Case, Zane Smith, Dixon Tierney and Ethan Park grabbed an early lead in the medley relay before holding off G-C. MV finished in 1:44.21; the Cougars in 1:44.45.

“That wasn’t out typical relay,” said Mt. Vernon coach Tom Shaver, noting that a few of his senior swimmers did not race Saturday because of disciplinary reasons. “All three of our relays changed…Zane Smith stepped up to the plate and filled in at the breaststroke spot.”

Shaver singled out the medley relay last week, observing that they had been eagerly anticipating Saturday. After the race was over, the victors roared with approval and Park, the relay’s freshman anchor man, reacted with a singular fist pump.

“It was going to be a close race,” said Logan, who was named HHC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. “One of the great things about this meet is it’s a prep for sectionals, so it really gave us a strong indication of what we need to work on.”

The Cougars’ most decorated swimmer of the day was Drew Logan, who repeated as champion in the 200 freestyle and later topped Park to claim the 100 breaststroke. Logan, a senior and 2013 state qualifier, also turned a blazing split time of 48.91 as the fourth and final leg of the victorious 400 freestyle relay.

The 400 free was G-C’s lone relay victory of the day — Pendleton took the 200 free relay — but all three relay events were close races and should provide for thrilling theater on Feb. 22, the day of the sectional meet.

Ninth-grader Allen Forbes picked up the blue and gold’s other victory, winning the 100 backstroke. Forbes, who swam the second leg on the 400 free relay, was the lone freshman to win an individual event Saturday.

“He’s really working hard on the fine details,” Logan said of Forbes. “He’s been a great addition.”

For MV, this was their third straight second-place finish. Individually, Tierney shined for the Marauders, winning the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle. Tierney, Logan and Pendleton Heights’ Tyler Parrish were the lone swimmers to participate in three victories.

“The boys are right where I want them to be. For whatever reason, we’re pretty consistent with the boys,” said Shaver, who estimated that his squad had around 90 percent personal-best times Saturday. “I’m real thrilled with some of the swimmers, like Dixon Tierney breaking five minutes in the 500 for the first time ever.”

New Palestine’s 200 freestyle relay team of Grant Gish, Christian Dodd, Todd Horn and Jake Mitchell took fourth, while Horn was the squad’s top individual finisher, placing fifth in the 50 freestyle.

“We really didn’t have any off swims. I think we’re on pace for where we want to be for sectionals, which is the big deal,” NP assistant coach Steve Uppfalt said. (Uppfalt helped fill in for head coach Steve Maxwell, who was injured before the meet. See the girls HHC Meet story for details). “We didn’t have any outstanding swimmers today, but we didn’t have any non-outstanding swimmers. That’s important.”

Back in January of 2011, G-C had never claimed an HHC crown. Now, the Cougars have won four straight conference gatherings by an average of just over 130 points per meet.

“It’s very special,” Logan said. “They take it seriously and try to pass down the tradition.”

Notes: Greenfield-Central won by 54.5, 186 and 144 points in its previous three HHC Meet wins. … Mt. Vernon tied for second with New Palestine in 2012. … Jordan Cermak and A.J. Shelton were the two other legs on G-C’s 400 freestyle relay. … G-C, MV, NP and New Castle will join Centerville, Connersville, Eastern Hancock, Hagerstown, Richmond and Rushville at the sectional meet. … Parrish picked up wins in the 50 and 100 freestyle as well as the 200 free relay. Dylan McCammon (diving) and Aric Fredericks (100 butterfly) also tallied wins for the Arabians.

Girls Individual Results

200 Yard Medley Relay

1. Yorktown, 1:57.53

2. New Palestine, 2:03.90

3. Pendleton Heights, 2:04.44


200 Yard Freestyle

1. Lauren Elston, Yorktown, 2:01.23

2. Micalah Booher, Pendleton Hts, 2:02.76

3. Gloria Gonzales, Mt. Vernon, 2:08.50


200 Yard Individual Medley

1. Morgan Hicks, Yorktown, 2:19.39

2. Maddie Powell, Mt. Vernon, 2:19.58

3. Madison Kordes, Pendleton Hts, 2:20.38


50 Yard Freestyle

1. Katie Keller, Yorktown, 26.67

2. Courtney Barr, New Castle, 26.90

3. Haley Moore, Mt. Vernon, 27.21


1-Meter Diving

1. Taylor Fiew, Pendleton Heights, 366.50

2. Megan Millikan, New Castle, 342.85

3. Kaylee Rumfelt, Greenfield-Central, 326.35


100 Yard Butterfly

1. Lauren Elston, Yorktown, 1:02.42

2. Maddie Powell, Mt. Vernon, 1:03.21

3. Micalah Booher, Pendleton Hs, 1:03.51


100 Yard Freestyle

1. Haley Moore, Mt. Vernon, 59.02

2. Shannon Ellery, Delta, 59.17

3. Katey Stout, Pendleton Heights, 59.74


500 Yard Freestyle

1. Madison Brand, Pendleton Hts, 5:35.71

2. Holly Haynes, Yorktown, 5:54.58

3. Caitlin Becraft, New Castle, 5:57.04


200 Yard Freestyle Relay

1. Yorktown, 1:46.37

2. Pendleton Heights, 1:48.55

3. Delta, 1:50.11


100 Yard Backstroke

1. Katie Keller, Yorktown, 1:02.70

2. Hannah Hawrot, New Castle, 1:05.05

3. Gloria Gonzales, Mt. Vernon, 1:05.68


100 Yard Breaststroke

1. Morgan Hicks, Yorktown, 1:11.82

2. Madison Kordes, Pendleton Hts, 1:13.94

3. Erin Trimpe, New Palestine, 1:14.93


400 Yard Freestyle Relay

1. Pendleton Heights, 3:53.10

2. Mt. Vernon, 4:00.68

3. Delta, 4:01.94



Boys Individual Results

200 Yard Medley Relay

1. Mt. Vernon, 1:44.21

2. Greenfield-Central, 1:44.45

3. Delta, 1:46.77


200 Yard Freestyle

1. Drew Logan, Greenfield-Central, 1:50.13

2. Alex Nickoli, Yorktown, 1:52.71

3. Scott Heavilon, Yorktown, 1:54.17


200 Yard Individual Medley

1. Dixon Tierney, Mt. Vernon, 2:00.71

2. Cole Case, Mt. Vernon, 2:07.03

3. Isiah Huisman, Yorktown, 2:07.38


50 Yard Freestyle

1. Tyler Parrish, Pendleton Heights, 23.27

2. Jack Hart, Delta, 23.54

3. Jordan Masterson, Shelbyville, 23.97


1-Meter Diving

1. Dylan McCammon, Pendleton Hts, 472.20

2. Nathan Graber, Greenfield-Central, 446.40

3. Zach Ball, Mt. Vernon, 355.57


100 Yard Butterfly

1. Aric Fredericks, Pendleton Hts, 55.28

2. Isiah Huisman, Yorktown, 55.97

3. Isaak Tow, Greenfield-Central, 57.70


100 Yard Freestyle

1. Tyler Parrish, Pendleton Heights, 50.91

2. Ethan Park, Mt. Vernon, 51.12

3. Jordan Cermak, Greenfield-Central, 51.73


500 Yard Freestyle

1. Dixon Tierney, Mt. Vernon, 4:57.47

2. Scott Heavilon, Yorktown, 5:03.02

3. Alex Nickoli, Yorktown, 5:05.86


200 Yard Freestyle Relay

1. Pendleton Heights, 1:35.00

2. Yorktown, 1:35.54

3. Greenfield-Central, 1:35.71


100 Yard Backstroke

1. Allen Forbes, Greenfield-Central, 55.80

2. Cole Case, Mt. Vernon, 56.81

3. Jacob Keener, Greenfield-Central, 59.61


100 Yard Breaststroke

1. Drew Logan, Greenfield-Central, 1:03.56

2. Ethan Park, Mt. Vernon, 1:04.23

3. Zane Smith, Mt. Vernon, 1:06.97


400 Yard Freestyle Relay

1. Greenfield-Central, 3:25.22

2. Pendleton Heights, 3:25.52

3. Yorktown, 3:29.22

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