Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Sports

February 3, 2013

PREP GIRLS SWIMMING: Raiders regain title

Northridge wins sectional crown in its own pool

MIDDLEBURY — Going into the final event — the 400-yard freestyle relay — all the Northridge Raiders needed to do in order to return the sectional championship to their school was finish at least seventh out of the eight teams.

Just going out and basically finishing the race doesn’t quite fit the style of the team or of its veteran coach Joe Keller. Instead the Raiders went out with a bang, winning the event in a blistering time of 3:37.80.

Concord was the defending sectional champion and they built a lead early in the meet, but Northridge had enough depth in the bottom part of its lineup to overcome that.

Northridge totaled 390 1/2 points, followed by Wawasee 368, Concord 364, Goshen 313, Elkhart Central 220, East Noble 174 1/2, Elkhart Memorial 157, NorthWood 89, Angola 72 1/2 and DeKalb 50 1/2.

“One of the biggest motivating factors for the girls today was they didn’t want another team celebrating in their pool,” Keller said. “I had told the girls that it would be close. Not everything went they way we wanted, but in the areas where it really mattered our girls stepped up.”

The winner in each event and any individual or relay meeting the state standard move on to the state meet next Friday and Saturday at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis. The top four divers advance to the diving regional Tuesday at South Bend Riley.

Concord held the lead until Wawasee went into first place after the 100 freestyle. The Raiders then took the lead briefly after senior Brittney Walters (5:00.54) and junior Tessa Peter (5:22.55) went 1-2 in the 500 free.

“Walters is rock solid in the 500,” Keller said.

Her lead got so big at one point she was the only person in the field of eight swimming in her direction.

“Peter is an example of what can happen through hard work and determination,” Keller said. “Before this year she had never broken 6:10 in the 500. What she did today is truly phenomenal.”

Concord had a lead of 1 1/2 points heading into the final relay.

“We had a good backstroke and an awesome breaststroke,” Keller said. “I told the girls regardless of what happens the true test of a meet is the 400 free relay. The 400 relay is a display of toughness. It was nice to see the girls stake a claim to that relay.”

Until freshman Sydney Boyer, Peter, senior Brittani Grove and Walters captured the 400 free relay the only other win by the Raiders was Walters in the 500 free.

“The strength of our lineup is at then end and we played to that,” Keller said.

Walters turned in one heroic effort for her team. After winning the 500 free she turned around and the next event — the 200 free relay — her anchor leg split of 23.11 propelled Northridge to a second-place finish.

“She was warmed up,” Keller said about the relay split. “Before this her fastest time in the 500 free was 24.02. She is so competitive and driven that she didn’t need any other motivation.”

The Concord foursome of sophomore Ashley Schrock, freshman Marian DeFreese, sophomore Sydney Shuff and junior McKenzie Wright won the 200 free relay (1:38.17) and the Wawasee group of sophomore Rachel Rozow, sophomore Kendra Miller, freshman Kayla Hershberger and sophomore Breanna Robinson were third (1:38.95).

The Concord, Northridge and Wawasee teams were all under the state standard (1:39.79) so they all move on to the state meet.

Schrock paced the Concord effort with wins in the 200 individual medley (2:13.39) and the 100 breaststroke (1:07.08). Wright placed first in the 50 free (24.88).

“You never know what is going to happen in the 500 free, but Wright has always been a big-meet swimmer,” Concord coach Tom Johnson said. “From the standpoint of focus not time she is our most improved swimmer.

“I’m proud of the girls. We would have liked to have finished first but this is OK.”

Johnson was named the Coach of the Year.

Goshen sophomore Natalie Evans won the 100 butterfly, shattering the GHS record of 1:00.18 by Erin Sarabaugh in 2000 with her time of 58.67.

“We knew she could break 1:00, but for her to do it by as much as she did shows how focused she was,” Goshen coach Nate Duell said. “This was one of those swims you dream about.”

“The taper helped and so did going to a racing suit,” Evans said. “We did a lot of picturing the races this week in practice and I kept seeing a time of 59.89 so to go out and beat that time is awesome. My goal now is to make the top 16 at state.”

Goshen’s day got of to a good start as the foursome of freshman Claire Palczynski, sophomores Lynnsey James, Evans and Heather Ronci placed third in the 200 medley relay (1:57.37).

“That is the third fastest time in school history,” Duell said. “And the nice thing is I’ll have them for a few more years.”

Robinson was a double winner, taking the 200 free (1:50.76) and the 100 free (51.29). Her time in the 200 free was .72 off the sectional record by Lindsay Benko of Elkhart Central (1993) who went on to become an Olympic Gold medalist.

“My plan is to always swim my race,” she said. “I like to think that was good enough today. But there is still room for improvement.

“My goal at state is going to be winning one of those two races.”

Text Only
Sports
  • SPT GN140730 Kulp Former Jimtown coach Brent Kulp named GHS softball coach GOSHEN — When you find your calling in life you follow it, even if it means going back to a previous career. Brent Kulp understands this lesson.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Big Ten Media Days Football [Duplicate] Playoffs could create chances for Big Ten teams CHICAGO — As he watched the BCS championship game last season, Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook could not help but wonder: What if a playoff system were in place? Would the Spartans be playing for the biggest prize? No need to wonder anymore. T

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • USA Basketball-3 [Duplicate] Rose returns as U.S. basketball team opens camp LAS VEGAS — Derrick Rose says he feels old. The 25-year-old point guard's rigorous play on Monday during the U.S. basketball team's first practice dictated otherwise. "I was joking with Kyle Korver, I told him 'I'm getting old, man. I've got to stret

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Cardinals Cubs Baseball [THE GOSHEN NEWS] Stacked farm system offers Cubs hope DES MOINES, Iowa — It's tempting for Chicago Cubs fans to pay as much attention to Triple-A Iowa as the struggling big league club. Iowa's lineup is a daily reminder that Chicago's future might be as bright as any team in baseball. The recent promoti

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kulp is new Goshen softball coach Brent Kulp was hired as the new Goshen High School softball coach at Monday night’s school board meeting. He was a physical education and health teacher in the Baugo Community Schools for 18 years and head softball coach at Jimtown High School for 15 seasons. Under his direction, Jimtown earned five Northern State Conference championships, five sectional titles and two regional titles and his teams compiled an overall record of 285-133-1.

    July 28, 2014

  • SPT GN140728 City Championship6 GOLF: Strong front nine leads Toner to Goshen City Championship Sugg hed: Toner cruises to City Championship victory GOSHEN — Through the first eight holes, Scott Toner dominated the competition at the Goshen Men’s City Golf Championship at Black Squirrel Golf Club. He was already two-under, and had already gaine

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • Hall of Fame Inductions Baseball [Duplicate] Greg Maddux, Big Hurt inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy. Being enshrined in the Hall of Fame can have those effects, even on the greats. Thomas, pitchers Tom

    July 27, 2014 20 Photos

  • NASCAR Brickyard 400 Auto Racing-3 [Duplicate] NASCAR: Gordon wins his fifth Brickyard 400 INDIANAPOLIS — With a fifth Brickyard 400 victory on the line Sunday, Jeff Gordon looked like the driver he was 20 years ago. Gordon nailed the final restart of the race — no given because restarts have been Gordon's Achilles heel — to pass Hendrick

    July 27, 2014 6 Photos

  • Langer wins Senior British Open by record 13 shots BRIDGEND, Wales — Bernhard Langer won his second Senior British Open championship on Sunday, finishing a record 13 strokes clear of Colin Montgomerie of Scotland. The German added a closing 4-under 67 Sunday at sunny Royal Porthcawl to his earlier r

    July 27, 2014

  • SPT GN140727 City Golf Koron putt Miller takes lead after 18 holes at City Championship GOSHEN — The rumors started flying around in the mid-afternoon that Scott Toner’s 74 might not be the best score Saturday at the first round of the Goshen Men’s City Golf Championship at Black Squirrel Golf Club.Word spread that apparently someone ha

    July 27, 2014 3 Photos

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Poll

With military action and tensions escalating between Russia and Ukraine, as well as Israel and Palestine, are you worried that the U.S. and other nations may get drawn into these conflicts?

Yes, it is a great concern of mine
I’m a little worried, but not too much
No, I’m not worried at all
     View Results