NIC Winter Sports Preview for 2012-13
November 26, 2012By Greg Humnicky of Northern Indiana Conference
NIC Winter Sports Preview for 2012-13
The NIC starts its 37th season of girls' swimming, although the IHSAA begins its 39th year of offering a state tournament. Penn has won the last 17 NIC crowns in a row and has a 140 consecutive meet win streak going into this year. Current Penn coach, Jess Preston is starting his 5th year. Penn finished 3rd in the State Finals with 137 points, the highest NIC team finish in a number of years.
Penn junior Bethany Galat won the 200 Individual Medley state title last year as a sophomore returns to lead the Lady Kingsmen swimmers. Adams and St. Joseph who finished 2nd and 3rd in the NIC last year figure to challenge Penn.
The NIC will reinstate a conference meet for the first time since the late 1970’s. Mishawaka will host the NIC Girls’ Meet on Saturday, January 12.
Last year Penn won their 9th NIC title, the last 5 in a row. They start the year with a 44 consecutive NIC meet win streak dating back to 2006-07. Head coach Jess Preston start his 5th year at Penn.
St. Joseph, who finished 2nd last year and Riley (3rd place) figure to challenge Penn again this year in the NIC. State champ Trevor Carroll of St. Joseph returns for his senior year. Carroll won the 200 freestyle and finished 2nd in the 100 freestyle at the state finals last year.
The NIC will reinstate a conference meet for the first time since the late 1970’s. Penn will host the NIC Boys’ Meet on Saturday, January 26. The NIC has offered boys’ swimming as a conference sport since it inception in the 1920’s.
Penn won the NIC last year with an 8-0 mark, their 12th NIC title in school history. They broke Mishawaka’s strangle hold on the NIC crown last year, as they defeated Mishawaka, 36-13 in the dual meet on Jan 4, 2012, ending Mishawaka’s 102 consecutive NIC meet win streak, Mishawaka had won 13 consecutive NIC dual meet league titles. Mishawaka has earned 27 NIC wrestling championships in school history, with the 1st one being earned in 1971-72. Bryce Hasseman assumes the head wrestling position at Mishawaka, replacing Darrick Snyder who resigned last year.
The IHSAA last year ended the team state championship series, as the state championship will now be determined by team points scored at the individual state tournament finals.
Penn won the NIC last year with an 8-0 record, their 3rd straight NIC title, 9th overall. Washington, Mishawaka and St. Joseph all finished tied for 2nd the NIC with 6-2 records as all three schools figure to challenge Penn the NIC crown.
Last year Penn (25-2), under coach Kristi Kaniewski, won the 4A Sectional and St. Joseph won the 3A Sectional. St. Joseph (18-7), under Eric Mauch, finished as the Regional runner-up in Class 3A. Penn won the 4A Regional, but lost at the Northern Semi-State.
Last year, Washington won the NIC outright with an 8-0 record (17-4), but Adams (16-8) won the 4A Sectional and advanced to the Regional final before losing to Elkhart Memorial at Michigan City. Marian (22-4) finished 2nd with a 6-2 NIC mark, won the 3A Sectional and Regional before falling to Norwell in the 3A Northern Semi-State game.
Marian will feature 2-time NIC MVP Demetrius Jackson this year as a senior. Jackson, who has committed to Notre Dame along with Penn’s Austin Torres, as both will be strong Indiana All-Star candidates this year.
The NIC Boys' Basketball schedule begins on Friday, Dec 7. Two interesting NIC match-ups are featured in the 1st round of games. In South Bend, Washington will go to Adams and Clay travels to Marian. St. Joseph goes to Mishawaka, while Riley heads over to North Side Gym in Elkhart to take the Blue Blazers of Central. Penn has the NIC bye in the first week of the conference schedule.