Lady Cats win 3rd straight MSC swim title
By Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]
Good things come in threes, and that was the case for the North Harrison Girls’ swim team Thursday night.
While another dark winter night took hold, the Lady Cats were safe within the bright, humid confines of the pool at Charlestown Middle School as they competed in the girls’ Mid-Southern Conference meet. Having won the past two MSC titles, the Lady Cats needed victories in four of the 11 events to overcome a strong effort from rivals Salem and Corydon Central. North Harrison hoisted the trophy for the third consecutive year with a combined score of 301.
The Lady Cats wasted no time as they took top honors in the opening act as the quartet of E.V. Wright, Lilly Wiseman, Leire Maruri and Destiny Kays easily took the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:53.46. Maruri had a strong day individually, winning both the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke with times of 2:24.45 and 1:14.77, respectively.
Wright and Alex Shaffer continued the Lady Cats’ strong showing by finishing first and second, respectively in the 100-yard backstroke. Shaffer’s performance on the night was bolstered by a third-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley (2:41.42), while Wright finished third in the 500-yard freestyle (6:36.57).
The duo teamed up with Kays and Ava Burden to finish second in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:58.28 before the team of Shaffer, Burden, Maruri and Wiseman did the same with a time of 4:25.28 in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Kays also finished second in the 50-yard freestyle (29.82) and third in the 100-yard freestyle (1:07.10), while Burden finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:24.20) and fourth in the 200-yard freestyle (2:25.99). Wiseman added to the strong performances with a third-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (1:17.06) and fourth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle (6:44.57).
The Lady Panthers had a strong night in their own right, rounding out the top three with a combined score of 184. As has been the case for much of the season, the Lady Panthers success started with Megan King, who had a solid individual performance in the pool, winning the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:07.42 followed by finishing second in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:30.29.
King later teamed up with Ella Johnson, Sidney Edwards and Addison Applegate with victories in the 200- (1:56.16) and 400-yard freestyle (4:21.04) relays. Johnson had a strong evening individually as she finished second in the 200-yard freestyle (2:14.68) and 500-yard freestyle (6:36.57).
Applegate followed with a second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle (1:07.07) and third-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle (29.90), while Edwards finished third in the 100-yard backstroke (1:16.48) and fifth in the 200-yard freestyle (2:28.55).