Girls Varsity Swimming · Girls Varsity Swimming finishes 1st place at Marion County


  Place Points
North Central High School 1st 344

The North Central Swimming & Diving program started Christmas break in style by sweeping the Marion County Championships over the weekend at Pike High School. In all the Panthers claimed five individual and relay titles and broke a pair of Pike natatorium records on their way to hard fought victories over girls runner-up Pike (344-311) and boys runner-up Franklin Central (417-395). Panthers head coach Josh Saylor was voted boys Coach of the Year.

Senior Alani Hightower led the Panther girls with a County championship in the 100 Butterfly and turned in a runner-up finish in the 200 IM. Hightower teamed with senior Emma Horton, junior Eleanor Reno and freshman Madelyn Harvey for third place in the 200 Freestyle Relay; and teamed with Harvey and juniors Lauren Diercks and Aisha Tashpulatova for fourth in the 200 Medley Relay. Diercks (100 Backstroke), Horton (200 Freestyle) and sophomore Emily Buening (500 Freestyle) turned in third place finishes in their respective events, and Diercks, Harvey, Horton and Reno finished third in the 400 Freestyle Relay. Buening (200 IM) and Horton (100 Freestyle) each added fourth place finishes in their respective events.

Additional scoring performances in all events were turned in by the following Panthers:

Girls 200 Freestyle – Reno (7th), sophomore Lily Wolfe (9th)
Boys 200 Freestyle – Sophomore Chance Buckles (8th), junior Caleb Dooley (14th)
Girls 200 IM – Tashpulatova (10th)
Boys 200 IM – Hillenbrand (7th), sophomore Johnny Marshall (9th)
Girls 50 Freestyle – Harvey (9th), Diercks (12th), junior Kate Peterson (13th)
Boys 50 Freestyle – Senior Jack Isakson (17th)
Girls Diving – Junior Ella Youtsey (8th)
Boys Diving – Sophomore Nick Baltz (7th), junior William Boswell (10th)
Girls 100 Butterfly – Reno (9th), junior Reagan Shaar (11th)
Boys 100 Butterfly – Marshall (5th), Goetz (7th)
Girls 100 Freestyle – Sophomore Dillon Horsley (9th), sophomore Ava Shepard (12th)
Boys 100 Freestyle – Senior Yana Footman (8th)
Girls 500 Freestyle – Wolfe (5th), freshman Maddie Bumps (16th)
Boys 500 Freestyle – Freshman David Diercks (12th), freshman Zander Moreno (14th)
Girls 100 Backstroke – Shaar (7th), Shepard (11th)
Boys 100 Backstroke – Buckles (5th), Diercks
Girls 100 Breaststroke – Tashpulatova (7th), Horsley (14th), freshman Toni Jazvic (20th)
Boys 100 Breaststroke – Brames (5th), Goetz (7th), Hillenbrand (8th)