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HHC Swim Meet: G-C boys cruise to 3-peat

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Boys/Girls HHC Swimming and Diving Championship at New Pal. Saturday, Jan. 12. 2013. (Photo/Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
Boys/Girls HHC Swimming and Diving Championship at New Pal. Saturday, Jan. 12. 2013. (Photo/Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

NEW PALESTINE — Patrick Stutz remembers the disappointment of his freshman year all too well. Greenfield-Central entered the Hoosier Heritage Conference Meet with championship hopes, only to be turned away by victorious New Palestine and second-place Mt. Vernon.

That defeat to a pair of county rivals has driven Stutz, now a senior, and his teammates ever since, with Saturday’s performance at New Palestine Natatorium adding another chapter to the Cougars’ three-year run of dominance.

G-C prevailed in 10 of 12 races to cruise to its third consecutive HHC crown with 450.5 points. Mt. Vernon was second (306.5) and Pendleton Heights (305) took third. New Palestine was seventh (162).

Yorktown claimed the girls title with 393 points. MV (353) and Pendleton Heights (330) rounded out the top three, with NP finishing fourth (319).

The Cougars will have a chance to gather a third straight sectional championship Feb. 16. Stutz and his veteran squad have no plans of letting anyone get in their way of that three-peat, either.

“We came back my sophomore year fired up and ready to blow it out of the water, and we did,” said Stutz, who owns eight career HHC wins. “And I think ever since then, we’ve just fed off the energy of the previous year. It’s been awesome.”

Drew Logan, Cody Wilburn and Bailey Willoughby combined with Stutz to leave spectators dazzled after the competition’s final race, the 400 freestyle relay.

The Cougars, ranked sixth in the state in the event, not only broke the nine-year-old HHC mark of 3:18.79 with a time of 3:17.32, but over 15 seconds elapsed before Yorktown, the previous record-holder, touched the wall in second place.

Stutz, who won the 100 freestyle as well as the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays, became emotional when the subject of the day’s final race was broached.

“There’s…I can’t think of a better way to end the meet than with the 400 free breaking the conference record,” he said, tears welling in his eyes. “Knowing that was my last event here at conference as a senior, I just couldn’t ask for more.”

Logan (200 and 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay) and Willoughby (200 individual medley, 100 backstroke, 200 medley relay) matched Stutz’s achievement of triumphing in all four of their races.

Wilburn (200 medley and freestyle relays) and Josh Cummins (100 butterfly, 200 medley and freestyle relays) were three-event winners for G-C.

Nathan Graber claimed the 1-meter diving competition for the Cougars, outlasting Pendleton Heights’ Dylan McCammon 454.7-442.65.

With a margin of victory close to last season’s spread of 186 points, Greenfield-Central also proved it could stay on top with a new man in charge of the program.

Tom Moore, the architect of the program’s turnaround, left for Pike in May after seven years at the helm. Less than a month later, Mark and Emily Logan were hired from Mt. Vernon to lead the boys and girls teams, respectively.

Both Logans earned Coach of the Year designations by their conference peers. The day was especially validating for Mark, who proved his system could yield the same results as Moore’s.

“I don’t want to go too much into the past, but what I emphasize is that we have to go fast in practice to go fast in meets, and that group of guys has been pushing each other to the max every day, every set,” commented Mark, still soaking from the customary post-meet pool jump. “That’s really paying off for them.”

Stutz admitted to the existence of an adjustment period with the Logans that washed away when the blue and gold began to experience the same success under the new regime.

“I remember when coach Moore left, we were very skeptical and doubtful of getting a new coach just because we loved our old coach,” Stutz explained. “We were all very hesitant at the idea of it — not to mention the rival school’s coach is coming in. We were apprehensive.

“They really started to grow on us in November and December, and we’ve been swimming just as well, if not better, than (previous seasons).”

For Willoughby, a senior who has seen his role on the team increase with each passing campaign, noted philosophical differences between Moore and Mark Logan.

“He’s brought a different perspective to it,” said Willoughby of his new coach. “With our old coach, he would just pound out the yards until we could swim anything well. With (Mark), he specializes us more.”

Another Hancock County coach found himself in unfamiliar territory Saturday.

Mt. Vernon’s Tom Shaver, the longtime coach of the boys program, is leading the girls team on an interim basis this season.

Shaver was pleased with the boys effort, commenting that they finished with 25 personal-best times.

And though the girls had five top-three finishes, they did not record any wins and notched 12 personal-best times, short of the now-enlightened MV coach’s expectations.

“We don’t taper for this meet, but I do go a little easy on them two days prior just to let them recover and the boys always respond to that,” offered Shaver, the boys coach since 1993. “I guess I made the assumption that the girls would respond equally, but they didn’t.

“What I take away from this is that the girls need a little more recovery time from hard training than the guys do.”

Emily Trimpe won the 100 breaststroke for the second year in a row, the lone blue ribbon for any Dragon swimmer. Trimpe’s time of 1:09.10 was over four seconds better than runner-up Jessica Extine of Yorktown.

As for the G-C girls, Carly Fernandes claimed the 200 individual medley and repeated as champ in the 500 freestyle. Taylor Johnson prevailed in the 100 butterfly by nearly five seconds.

But the day belonged to the three-time HHC champs, who shift their focus to sectional and sending as many swimmers as they can to the state meet.

“It’s great for those guys too…especially in a transitional year to show that they are where they are because of what they do in the pool,” Mark Logan said. “They work hard, they’re focused and they continue to do well for the program.”



1. Yorktown 393*

2. Mt. Vernon 353

3. Pendleton Heights 330

4. New Palestine 319

5. Delta 244

6. Greenfield-Central 232

7. Shelbyville 126

8. Rushville 74


1. Greenfield-Central 450.5*

2. Mt. Vernon 306.5

3. Pendleton Heights 305

4. Yorktown 295

5. Delta 287

6. Shelbyville 221

7. New Palestine 162

8. Rushville 22

*Repeated as champion


Girls results

200 Yard Medley Relay

1. Yorktown, 1:55.91

2. New Palestine, 2:00.39

3. Mt. Vernon, 2:01.77

200 Yard Freestyle

1. Lauren Elton, Yorktown, 2:01.29

2. Sarah Fleming, Shelbyville, 2:03.40

3. Micalah Booher, Pendleton Heights, 2:04.07

200 Yard Individual Medley

1. Carly Fernandes, Greenfield-Central, 2:17.19

2. Lauren Elston, Yorktown, 2:19.20

3. Madison Kordes, Pendleton Heights, 2:24.65

50 Yard Freestyle

1. Jessica Extine, Yorktown, 24.92

2. Emily Trimpe, New Palestine, 24.94

3. Taylor Johnson, Greenfield-Central, 25.67

1-Meter Diving

1. Taylor Fiew, Pendleton Heights, 384.55

2. Kenna Gibson, Delta, 315.45

3. Hannah Ayer, New Palestine, 277.25

100 Yard Butterfly

1. Taylor Johnson, Greenfield-Central, 1:00.61

2. Maddie Powell, Mt. Vernon, 1:05.67

3. Brooke Narducci, Yorktown, 1:05.62

100 Yard Freestyle

1. Caroline Grasso, Yorktown, 56.17

2. Gloria Gonzales, Mt. Vernon, 56.88

3. Stephanie Achermann, Pendleton Heights, 56.94

500 Yard Freestyle

1. Carly Fernandes, Greenfield-Central, 5:29.96

2. Sarah Fleming, Shelbyville, 5:34.94

3. Micalah Booher, Pendleton Heights, 5:40.45

200 Yard Freestyle Relay

1. Yorktown, 1:42.47

2. New Palestine, 1:47.78

3. Pendleton Heights, 1:48.23

100 Yard Backstroke

1. Caroline Grasso, Yorktown, 1:02.19

2. Katie Keller, Yorktown, 1:06.06

3. Rebekah Monnier, Pendleton Heights, 1:08.25

100 Yard Breaststroke

1. Emily Trimpe, New Palestine, 1:09.10

2. Jessica Extine, Yorktown, 1:13.35

3. Olivia Shannon, Mt. Vernon, 1:15.65

400 Yard Freestyle Relay

1. Pendleton Heights, 3:54.44

2. Mt. Vernon, 3:59.07

3. Greenfield-Central, 4:04.10

Boys results

200 Yard Medley Relay

1. Greenfield-Central, 1:41.31

2. Mt. Vernon 1:43.16

3. Pendleton Heights, 1:45.25

200 Yard Freestyle

1. Drew Logan, Greenfield-Central, 1:48.76

2. Scott Heavilon, Yorktown, 1:51.74

3. Alexi Nickoli, Yorktown, 1:54.29

200 Yard Individual Medley

1. Bailey Willoughby, Greenfield-Central, 2:02.91

2. Dixon Tierney, Mt. Vernon, 2:03.19

3. Brisco Wood, Mt. Vernon, 2:10.26

50 Yard Freestyle

1. Logan Kissinger, Pendleton Heights, 22.81

2. Grant Gish, New Palestine, 23.08

3. Jack Hart, Delta, 23.33

1-Meter Diving

1. Nathan Graber, Greenfield-Central, 454.7

2. Dylan McCammon, Pendleton Heights, 442.65

3. Landon Carpenter, Delta, 371.05

100 Yard Butterfly

1. Josh Cummins, Greenfield-Central, 55.36

2. Dixon Tierney, Mt. Vernon, 56.26

3. Garland Ivy, Delta, 57.61

100 Yard Freestyle

1. Patrick Stutz, Greenfield-Central, 49.03

2. Logan Kissinger, Pendleton Heights, 51.10

3. Grant Gish, New Palestine, 51.19

500 Yard Freestyle

1. Drew Logan, Greenfield-Central, 4:58.23

2. Scott Heavilon, Yorktown, 5:02.35

3. Austin Parrish, Pendleton Heights, 5:04.06

200 Yard Freestyle Relay

1. Greenfield-Central, 1:31.70

2. Yorktown, 1:35.39

3. Pendleton Heights, 1:35.44

100 Yard Backstroke

1. Bailey Willoughby, Greenfield-Central, 56.28

2. Cole Case, Mt. Vernon, 56.84

3. Josh Cummins, Greenfield-Central, 58.74

100 Yard Breaststroke

1. Austin Parrish, Pendleton Heights, 1:03.28

2. Brisco Wood, Mt. Vernon, 1:04.31

3. Alec Booth, Shelbyville, 1:04.82

400 Yard Freestyle Relay

1. Greenfield-Central, 3:17.32*

2. Yorktown, 3:32.95

3. Delta, 3:35.07

*New HHC record

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