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Warriors end Panthers’ run in MSC waters

Warriors end Panthers’ run in MSC waters
Warriors end Panthers’ run in MSC waters
North Harrison swimmer Dylan Shaffer, above, completes the backstroke portion of the 200-yard individual medley Thursday at the Mid-Southern Conference meet. Shaffer placed second in the event but came back to win the butterfly. Photos by Brian Smith

Thursday’s Mid-Southern Conference boys’ swimming meet came down to the usual suspects: Corydon Central and Scottsburg.
The Panthers, bidding for a fifth straight league title, came up short to rival Scottsburg in Salem. Four previous editions of the MSC boys’ meet saw Scottsburg as the bridesmaid, but not in 2015.
It didn’t come easy. Scottsburg scored 297 points followed by Corydon Central’s 269. Although fielding a small team, North Harrison took third place with 141 points.
A good chunk of points for Scottsburg came by way of first-place finishes. Out of 11 events, the Warriors won two of three relays and four individual races.
North Harrison had one individual winner: Dylan Shaffer in the butterfly.
Corydon Central kept pace due to the performance of Caleb Strange, winner of two freestyles. He also was part of the victorious 400-yard relay team that the Panthers put in the water.
‘Going into it, we were seeded to win and were confident,’ Strange said. ‘Scottsburg had a swimmer come in to compete that we didn’t expect, and his times really changed things up. We tried our hardest.’
Strange’s events were a challenge.
He entered the pool for the 200 freestyle after swimming the final leg of Corydon Central’s runner-up performance in the 200-medley relay. Up to the task, Strange bettered his seed time by five seconds, going away with a time of 2:05.79. He was six seconds faster than the second-place finisher.
In the same race, North Harrison’s Nathaniel Lone (2:20.04) was fourth.
Distance also wasn’t a problem for Strange. He took on the meet’s longest event, the 500 freestyle, with a solid effort. Leading from the horn, Strange completed the circuits in 5:35.82. Teammate Joseph Brann (6:39.80) was fourth.
‘Going to back-to-back events, especially the 500 to the 200 relay, is a killer,’ Strange said. ‘It takes a lot out of me, but I tried my hardest and pushed through it.’
Strange said his goal is to lay claim to the 500 free school record by season’s end. The mark is currently 5:29.
Right after swimming the 500, Strange joined teammates Kyle McPhillips, Ayden Dunaway and Max Glordan in the pool for the 200 free relay. The foursome logged a time of 1:47.64 but they weren’t able to catch winning Scottsburg (1:43.38). North Harrison’s team of Dylan Shaffer, Zach Outcalt, Andrew Roberston and Lone was third (1:49.57).
‘We did great as a team,’ Strange said. ‘We have nine boys, and we are all family.’
Shaffer scored the lone victory for the Cougars’ swim team. He was in control early and soared to victory in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:00.17. Corydon Central’s Max Glordan (1:08.73) was third, while Brann (1:10.22) was fourth.
As an individual, Shaffer placed second in the 200 IM, swimming in 2:19.12. Corydon Central’s Ben Glordan (2:39.56) was fifth.
‘I thought I did pretty good today,’ Shaffer said. ‘I dropped a second off in my 200 IM … We’ve been working really hard on my turns. I think my transition turns were much better today.’
In the final relay of the night, Corydon Central came up with a going-away podium finish. Brian Wood, Steven Coleman, Ben Glordan and Dunaway won with a time of 4:12.90.
The first relay, swam by Corydon Central’s Ben and Max Glordan, McPhillips and Strange, completed the 200 medley in 1:57.46 to place second behind Scottsburg.
McPhillips had a pair of runner-up positions in individual races. In the sixth event, the 100 free, McPhillips swam in 58.9 seconds, missing the top spot by two seconds. Teammates Dunaway (1:00.28) and Coleman (1:02.29) were fifth and sixth, respectively.
Locked in a tighter battle, McPhillips was out-touched by Scottsburg’s Braden Hale in the 100 backstroke. The Corydon Central senior did the event in 1:05.52. North Harrison’s Kane Meyer (1:20.86) was sixth.
Other top finishes for Corydon Central were Max Glordan (fifth, 50 freestyle), Dunaway (sixth, 50 freestyle) and Ben Glordan (third, 100 breaststroke).
Robertson participated in all three relay events for North Harrison. His lone individual effort was strong, taking second in the 50 freestyle. He swam the sprint in 24.96 seconds.
The boys’ swim teams have a few weeks before the postseason begins. Sectional will take place Feb. 19 and 21, hosted by Floyd Central at Highland Hills Middle School.

Team results: 1. Scottsburg 297, 2. Corydon Central 269, 3. North Harrison 141, 4. Silver Creek 122, 5. Charlestown 107, 6. Salem 50.
Individual results: 200 medley relay ‘ 1. Scottsburg (B. Hale, L. Amburgey, L. Elliott, K. Harrison) 1:55.21, 2. Corydon Central (K. McPhillips, B. Glordan, M. Glordan, C. Strange), 3. North Harrison (N. Lone, A. Robertson, D. Shaffer, Z. Outcalt); 200 free ‘ 1. C. Strange (CC) 2:05.79, 2. L. Amburgey (Sco), 3. T. Teague (SiCr); 200 IM ‘ 1. B. Hale (Sco) 2:16.50, 2. D. Shaffer (NH), 3. L. Elliott (Sco); 50 free ‘ 1. K. Harrison (Sco) 24.00, 2. A. Robertson (NH), 3. C. Spencer (Cha); 100 fly ‘ 1. D. Shaffer (NH) 1:00.17, 2. J. Day (Sa), 3. M. Glordan (CC); 100 free ‘ 1. K. Harrison (Sco) 54.43, 2. K. McPhillips (CC), 3. D. Dewitt (SiCr); 500 free ‘ 1. C. Strange (CC) 5:35.82, 2. L. Elliott (Sco), 3. L. Amburgey (Sco); 200 free relay ‘ 1. Scottsburg (B. Hale, K. Harrison, L. Elliott, L. Amburgey) 1:43.38, 2. Corydon Central (K. McPhillips, A. Dunaway, M. Glordan, C. Strange), 3. North Harrison (D. Shaffer, Z. Outcalt, N. Lone, A. Robertson); 100 back ‘ 1. B. Hale (Sco) 1:04.69, 2. K. McPhillips (CC), 3. S. Tetrick (Cha); 100 breast ‘ 1. T. Teague (SiCr) 1:11.56, 2. Z. Feng (Sa), 3. G. Glordan (CC); 400 free relay ‘ 1. Corydon Central (B. Wood, S. Coleman, B. Glordan, A. Dunaway) 4:12.90, 2. Scottsburg, 3. North Harrison (N. Lone, K. Meyer, Z. Outcalt, A. Robertson).