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North Harrison boys’ swimmers claim MSC

North Harrison boys’ swimmers claim MSC
North Harrison boys’ swimmers claim MSC
Members of the North Harrison boys’ swim team, and its coach, Andy Pappano, celebrate after winning the Mid-Southern Conference title Thursday. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor
Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]

The North Harrison boys’ swim team took first place in five of the 11 events, and had just as many second-place finishes, to win the Mid-Southern Conference championship Thursday at the YMCA of Harrison County in Corydon.

The Cougars had 343 points, which was more than twice that of runner-up Silver Creek, which had 165 points. Corydon Central placed third with 136 points, Scottsburg fourth (135), Charlestown fifth (111) and Salem six (28).

“These young men worked very hard this season to get to this point,” Andy Pappano, North Harrison’s coach, said. “Hard work, dedication and respect is our team policy, and this year it paid off.

“They were led by our three seniors, Jordan Johnson, Matthew Jones and Colton Watson,” he said. “Honorable mentions go to Cody Vernon (100 freestyle champion) and Ben Ryu, with much support from the rest of the team, Taylor Walker, Ryan Colin, Lucas Miller (I.M. Champion), Gavin Wernert, Cody Fulk, Matt Moorman and Gavin Davis. All were integral in this win.”

Corydon Central’s Hunter Crain set a new conference best in the 100-yard fly. The sophomore swam the event in 57.63, besting the old record of 58.28 set in 2012 by Scottsburg’s Brad Clem.

“Hunter Crain has been our strong swimmer all year,” Matt Hamblen, Corydon Central’s coach said. “He turned in a conference and new school record with his 100 butterfly at 57.63.  He set the school record at sectionals last year with a 56.82. Hunter also came out with a first-place finish in the 100 backstroke. There is nothing he can’t do when he has a good mindset to do it.

“As a sophomore, Hunter has excelled beyond my expectations,” he said. “I can’t wait to see what he will do at sectionals and next year.”

North Harrison took the next three slots in the 100-yard fly with Matthew Jones second (1:04.10), Ben Ryu third (1:12.00) and Matt Moorman fourth (1:28.77).

North Harrison’ 200-yard medley relay team, consisting of Jordan Johnson, Jones, Ryu and Colton Watson, finished in 1:57.93, ahead of Corydon Central’s team — Crain, Chris Smythe, Oliver Zink and Chris Carroll, which swam in 1:59:03. In third, with a time of 2:08.40, was Silver Creek, followed by Charlestown fourth (2:13:25) and Scottsburg fifth (2:27:35).

The Cougars and Panthers also finished one-two, respectively, in the 200-yard free relay event. Swimming the event in 1:45.96 for North Harrison were Jones, Ryan Colins, Ryu and Cody Vernon. Finishing in 1:49.63 for Corydon Central were Zink, Carroll, Smythe and Crain. Rounding out the event were Silver Creek  third (1:51.93), Charlestown fourth (2:00.52) and Scottsburg fifth (2:04.57).

The Cougars also won the 400-yard free relay, with Vernon, Watson, Colins and Johnson posting a time of 4:14.37. Silver Creek finished second in 4:22.98 and Scottsburg third in 5:12.30.

In individual events, North Harrison took first, third and fourth in the 100-yard free with Vernon in 56:48, Watson in 1:03.69 and Colins in 1:04.34. Corydon Central’s Andrew Thacker broke up the Cougars by placing second in 1:00.95. The Panthers’ Carroll finished eighth in 1:07.90 behind fifth-place swimmer Evan Spear of Silver Creek (1:04.92), sixth-place swimmer Peyton Richardson of Scottsburg (1:05.62), and seventh-place swimmer Eric Marcum, also of Scottsburg (1:06.49). Rounding out the event, which was done in two heats, were Charlestown’s swimmers Luke Jones ninth (1:13.45) and Spencer Gieseking 10th (1:17.43) and Silver Creek’s Logan Coots 11th (1:17.45).

The Cougars swept the 200-yard IM event with Lucas Miller first (2:51.41), Gavin Wernert second (2:51.78) and Kody Fulk third (3:18.61).

Corydon Central’s Crain won the 100-yard back event, posting a time of 1:01.25. North Harrison’s Johnson was second in 1:03.68. Rounding out the event, which needed two heats, were Charlestown’s Gonzales Gomez (1:05.07), Silver Creek’s Spear (1:16.87), Scottsburg’s Richardson (1:19.10), North Harrison’s Moorman (1:23.19) and Gavin Davis (1:26.79), Charlestown’s Jones (1:30.94) and Scottsburg’s Ryan McGlothlin (1:41.16).

In the 50-yard free, which required three heats due to the number of swimmers, North Harrison’s Vernon finished second in 25.29, less than a second behind Charlestown’s Josh Powell, who touched the wall in 24.60 seconds. Third was Corydon Central’s Zink in 25.72. Other swimmers in the event were Charlestown’s Gomez (25.75), Salem’s Tristan Hattabaugh (26.08), Silver Creek’s Ryan Shields (26.64), North Harrison’s Watson (27.66), Silver Creek’s Preston Coots (28.22) and Scottsburg’s Marcum (28.88).

The 100-yard breast, which needed two heats, was won by Charlestown’s Powell in 1:12.11. Second was North Harrison’s Jones in 1:13.23. Corydon Central took third and fourth, in Zink (1:15.03) and Smythe (1:15.81). Rounding out the top 10 were Silver Creek’s Timb Terrell (1:22.04), North Harrison’s Ryu (1:22.70) and Wernert (1:23.65), Scottsburg’s Gabriel Vieira (1:24.14), Silver Creek’s Logan Coots (1:31.13) and Salem’s William Collins (1:37.40).

The Cougars took third (Johnson, 2:17.24), fifth (Colins, 2:33.15) and sixth (Taylor Walker, 2:45.49) and the Panthers fourth (Smythe, 2:26.10) in the 200-yard free. Scottsburg’s Braiden Collins won the event in 2:07.85, followed by Silver Creek’s Terrell in 2:16.81.

North Harrison also took third (Miller, 7:02.10) and fifth (Fulk, 7:24.16) in the 500-yard free. Finishing first in the event, in 5:56.66, was Scottsburg’s Collins. Second was Hattabaugh of Salem (6:34.67), and fourth was Preston Coots of  Silver Creek (7:16.51).

Hamblen said he was pleased his team could pull off a third-place finish with four swimmers.

“It is a testament to the hard work they have put in,” the Corydon Central coach said. “Unfortunately, Chris Smythe had been sick the last week and had not been to any practices, so his times suffered a little. He did about as well as he could.  He finally broke his 1:16 mark and swam 1:15.8 in the 100 breaststroke.

“I was proud of our relays,” he said. “Pulling a second-place finish for both the medley, and swimming to a 1:59.03, and the 200 free relay, swimming to a 1:49.63, I know they were pretty excited.”

Hamblen said he also was pleased with Zink as he continues to excel in the 50 free and the 100 breaststroke.

“He took third for us in the 50 free with a time of 25.72, a personal best, and he swam 1:15.03 in the 100 breaststroke to grab a third-place finish for us,” he said. “Oliver has been a very steady and consistent swimmer for the team this year. I look forward to seeing what he will do his senior year next year.”

Speaking about the team Hamblen said it was a fun one to be around.

“They all wanted to do well,” he said. “I believe they did it to the best of their abilities. I get on them a lot for being late for practices or not showing up, but, when the chips were down, they showed they wanted to race and they did very well.”

The teams now turn their attention to sectionals.