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SW: Swimmers sweep Scecina, Rushville

January 24, 2014
By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School

The New Palestine swim teams swept a three-way meet Thursday against Scecina and Rushville at the NPHS natatorium.

The Dragons won the girls meet with 177 points to Scecina's 77 and Rushville's 43. The boys won with 159 points to 55 for Scecina and 47 for Rushville.

Junior Kayla Jameson was an individual double-winner for the Dragon girls in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Other winners were senior Tricia Roberson in the 200 IM, freshman Leah Bare in the 50 freestyle, sophomore Shannon Jones in diving, sophomore Grace Hornsby in the 100 freestyle, junior Erin Trimpe in the 500 freestyle and sophomore Megan Young in the 100 breaststroke.

Trimpe and Addison Virt were part of three relay winners -- teaming with Rachel Wineman and Grace Hornsby in the 200 medley relay, joining Kenzie Wells and Wineman in the 200 free relay; and teaming with Wells and Claire Hornsby in the 400 free relay.

For the Dragon boys, junior David Thompson won two individual events, the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Other winners were senior Grant Gish in the 50 freestyle, sophomore Conner Page in diving, sophomore Joey Rogers in the 100 butterfly and freshman Chase Crowder in the 100 breaststroke. Jake Mitchell was part of three relay winners. He teamed with Chris Dodd, Kelley Murphy and Gish in the 200 medley relay; with Thompson, Michael O'Leary and Parker Horn in the 200 free relay, and with Gish, Todd Horn and Thompson in the 400 free relay. 

"This was an opportunity for us to see some swimmers perform outside their primary events. Performances were, for the most part, strong and focused," NP coach Steve Maxwell said. "We are beginning to channel all our efforts toward sectional now, and although we have a few dual meets remaining, everyone understands we have to clean up strokes and fine-tune starts and turns."

The swim teams next compete Tuesday against Whiteland at 5:30 p.m.

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