The North Central Swimming & Diving Team welcomed a stacked field to NC on Friday for the 9th annual Panther Invite. Both the boys and girls finished in fifth place.
Senior Peter LaBarge led the way for the Panthers, finishing first in the 50 Freestyle and second in the 100 Freestyle. LaBarge teamed with senior Logan Parker and juniors Tyler Diercks and Sam Nemeth for eighth place in the 200 Medley Relay and teamed with Diercks, Nemeth and freshman Carsyn Christoffel for sixth in the 200 Freestyle Relay.
Junior Meggie McPherson had a team high fourth place finish for the girls in the 100 Backstroke. She also finished fifth in the 100 Butterfly and teamed with senior Ashley Glesing, junior Claudia Buddenbaum and sophomore Alani Hightower for fifth in the 200 Medley Relay. Hightower and McPherson teamed with juniors Sally Jones and Grace Lough for fifth in the 400 Freestyle Relay. Buddenbaum, Glesing and Lough teamed with sophomore Emma Horton for fifth in the 200 Freestyle Relay. Hightower added an individual fifth place in the 200 IM and eighth place in the 100 Backstroke. Glesing (100 Breaststroke) and Lough (50 Freestyle) each had an individual sixth place finish.
The Panther girls also had a strong showing on the diving board, picking up three top-eight finishes from sophomore Isabella Chamness (fourth), sophomore Elizabeth Chamness (seventh) and sophomore Chloee George (eighth).
The boys 400 Free Relay team of seniors Logan Parker and Jacob Ruschhaupt, junior Dimitar Donovski and sophomore Trey Guntz finished ninth.
Additional individual scoring swims were turned in by:
• Claudia Buddenbaum (50 Freestyle – 10th; 100 Freestyle – 15th)
• Freshman Carsyn Christoffel (100 Freestyle & 100 Breaststroke – 15th)
• Tyler Diercks (100 Breaststroke – 12th; 200 IM – 14th)
• Junior Dimitar Donovski (500 Freestyle – 15th)
• Ashley Glesing (100 Freestyle – 14th)
• Senior Holle Guntz (200 Freestyle – 15th)
• Trey Guntz (100 Butterfly – 16th)
• Emma Horton (100 Freestyle – 11th)
• Senior Delaney Isakson (500 Freestyle – 7th; 200 Freestyle – 11th)
• Sally Jones (200 IM – 9th; 500 Freestyle 10th)
• Grace Lough (100 Freestyle – 13th)
• Sam Nemeth (50 & 100 Freestyle – 14th)
• Logan Parker (100 Backstroke – 11th; 200 IM – 13th)
• Freshman Eleanor Reno (200 Freestyle – 16th)
• Jacob Ruschhaupt (100 Backstroke – 16th)
• Freshman Will Ruschhaupt (100 Breaststroke – 13th)
• Freshman Alaina Steinkamp (50 Freestyle – 16th)
• Sophomore Lucas Tetrault (100 Breaststroke – 16th)