By GREG KEIM
---- — GOSHEN — Four years ago, Aimee Swihart made an immediate impact on the Goshen High School girls basketball as a freshman.Three games into her collegiate career at Bethel College in Mishawaka she is making the same kind of lasting impression.Swihart poured in a career-high 37 points in just her second game as the Pilots were 87-85 winners over Indiana Tech in the University of Saint Francis Classic in Fort Wayne.Swihart was 10-of-19 shooting, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range and 13-of-19 from the free-throw line. She also grabbed three rebounds, dished out seven assists and made two steals in 32:25 of playing time. She started at guard.“Aimee had an unbelievable night – one of the best in the history of the Lady Pilots,” Bethel coach Jody Martinez said in a school press release.Her 37 points were the second most in the history of the program, behind Natalie Young, who scored 39 points at Olivet Nazarene University during the fall of her junior year (2006-07). Young in now an assistant coach in the Bethel program and the school’s sports information director.In first collegiate game, Swihart scored 10 points, snared seven rebounds, distributed five assists and made six steals in a 55-52 win over Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan.Saturday, in the second game of the Saint Francis Classic the Pilots dropped a 93-74 decision to Shawnee State as Swihart totaled 18 points, nine rebounds, four assists and a steal.Swihart netted 172 points for Goshen in her freshman season, followed by 287 as a sophomore, 361 as a junior and 369 her senior season.
Women’s BasketballFreshman Savannah Bley (NorthWood) scored a point and pulled down six rebounds for Taylor University as the Trojans dropped a 71-55 decision to Purdue Calumet.Freshman KiLee Knafel (Wawasee) scored five points to go with two rebounds, two assists and a steal for the IUSB Titans in a 64-62 win over Grace College. Senior Lauren Adams (Northridge) chipped in with two points, two rebounds and two assists for the winners.
Men’s BasketballSophomore Riley Stichter (Wawasee) netted 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the IUSB Titans in a 75-66 loss to Andrews University. Senior Shane Cook (Jimtown) added three points and a rebound and sophomore Joe Godfread (Elkhart Central) three points, two rebounds and three blocks for the Titans. The Titans were a 97-94 winner over Ohio Mid-western as Stichter had 17 points, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks; Cook five points, seven rebounds and a steal and Godfread four points and a block.
VolleyballIndiana Wesleyan freshman Raina Troyer (Fairfield) recorded a dig in a 25-21, 25-12, 25-15 win over Mt. Vernon Nazarene that gave the Wildcats a share of the Crossroads League championship. The Wildcats and Bethel share the top spot with 16-2 records.Freshman setter Riley Troyer (Fairfield) had 15 assists, eight digs, two aces and a kill as the Anderson Ravens dropped a 23-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-16, 16-14 thriller at Manchester. Troyer amassed 12 digs, 11 assists and two aces in a 25-14, 21-25, 25-17, 25-14 loss to Hanover.The Bethel Pilots dropped a 25-14, 25-18, 25-23 decision at Davenport College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Senior libero Amanda Troyer (Elkhart Memorial) totaled 18 digs and two setting assists and freshman outside hitter Hanna Stump (NorthWood) one kill, one dig and one blocking assist for the Pilots.Senior middle blocker Brittany Anglemyer (Elkhart Memorial) recorded eight kills, two digs and a blocking assist for the Indianapolis Greyhounds in a 25-21, 25-18, 31-29 win over Ferris State and 14 kills, a solo block and a blocking assist in a 25-22, 25-19, 19-25, 25-14 loss to Hillsdale in a GLIAC-GLVC Crossover Tournament in Aurora, Illinois.The IUSB Titans dropped a 26-24, 25-19, 25-15 decision to Trinity Christian. Junior outside hitter Krystle Troyer (Elkhart Memorial) had nine kills, a setting assist, an ace and 12 digs; senior libero Bethany Brewer (NorthWood) eight digs and a setting assist and junior libero Melanie Troyer (Elkhart Memorial) 12 digs for the Titans.Sophomore libero Alena Yoder (Bethany Christian) recorded 12 digs as the Eastern Mennonite Royals ended their season with a 25-18, 25-22, 25-13 loss at Goucher.
Women’s SoccerFreshman midfielder Gaby Romo (Goshen) netted the lone goal for the IPFW Mastodons in a 3-1 loss to North Dakota State. Despite the loss, IPFW still clinched a playoff spot in the upcoming Summit League Tournament.
Women’s SwimmingSenior Emily Wisolek (Northridge) placed first in the 200-yard backstroke (2:09.24) and second in the 100 back (1:00.51) for the Ball State Cardinals in a 182-118 loss to Michigan State. She also teamed with senior Haley Richter (Columbia City), junior Carlena Magley (DeKalb) and freshman Audrey Rodawig for a first in the 400 freestyle relay (3:31.85). Also for the Cardinals, junior Kayla Hussey (Goshen) was fifth in the 500 free (5:23.04) and sixth in the 200 butterfly (2:15.87) and junior Jamie Denlinger (Northridge) seventh in three-meter diving (204.15 points) and eighth in one-meter diving (178.34).University of Buffalo freshman Brittany Walters (Northridge) won the 200-yard freestyle (1:55.54) and was second in the 200 butterfly (2:08.07)) as the Bulls dropped a 140-89 decision to Ohio University. Walters teamed with junior Becky Evangelista, freshman Courtney Cook and sophomore Paula Stoddard for a first in the 400 free relay (3:33.70).
Women’s Cross CountrySophomore Juni Schirch (Goshen) was the fifth runner for Eastern Mennonite and the 21st overall finisher (26:02.80) as the Royals took second place in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships in Farmville, Virginia.Several area runners competed in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships at Defiance, Ohio. Manchester junior Rachel Weeber (Concord) was 10th (23:34.7), Anderson junior Desiree Maran (Goshen) 17th (24:36.9), Anderson sophomore Janell Bender (Westview) 24th (24:49.6) and Manchester senior Laura Gladfelter 85th (28:05.4).Men’s Cross CountryManchester junior Drew Hammel (Northridge) placed 10th (32:30.2) in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships at Defiance, Ohio.