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.”