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Trojan swimmers fall to visiting Cougars

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New Castle’s Ben Hall swims the 100 Butterfly during Thursday evening’s season-opening swimming meet against visiting Greenfield-Central at the NCMS pool. Hall finished third in the event and second in the 200 Freestyle to lead the Trojan boys in their opener.
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New Castle freshman Garrett Rusch is pretty straight as he nears the water while performing a dive during Thursday evening’s home meet against visiting Greenfield-Central at the NCMS pool. Rusch finished second in the event.
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New Castle junior Caitlin Shunneson performs a dive during Thursday evening's high school swimming meet against visiting Greenfield-Central at the NCMS pool.
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New Castle freshman Lylah Hutson swims the 500 Freestyle during Thursday evening’s season-opening swimming meet against visiting Greenfield-Central at the NCMS pool. Hutson finished second in both the 500 Freestyle and 200 Freestyle events to lead the Trojan girls on the night.


The New Castle High School boys and girls swimming teams began the 2018-19 regular season Thursday evening in the pool at NCMS by facing one of the strongest teams it will face all season: Greenfield-Central.

The Trojan boys lost to the Cougars 140-39 and the New Castle girls fell 149-27.

Greenfield traditionally has been one of the strongest and deepest teams in east central Indiana and the Cougars used that depth to their advantage Thursday night.

Boys Meet

New Castle swam and dove really well, but couldn’t make up the difference to a very deep and talented Greenfield team. Ben Hall led the way for the Trojans, placing second in the 200 Freestyle and third in the 100 Butterfly.

Second-place finishes for New Castle were earned by Jackson Criswell (50 Freestyle), Garrett Rusch (Diving), and Luke Atterson (500 Freestyle). Connor Griffey added a third-place finish in the 100 Backstroke.

The 200 Freestyle Relay team of Dominique Strunk, Trenton Round, Andrew Lacey, and Aidan Sipes placed third, and the 400 Freestyle Relay team of Criswell, Griffey, Atterson, and Hall also finished third to end the meet.

“The boys all swam really well, and we’re really happy with where our times are,” New Castle Coach Jason Kubick said about the first meet of the season. “We swim a lot coming up, so we’ll hopefully continue to see improvement. We have 12 boys swimmers and one of those boys (Rusch) is diving. We are still extremely young with seven boys swimming their first season of high school swimming, so there is a lot of learning taking place. The boys have had some great attitudes throughout the first month of practice, and it was evident their hard work was paying off last night during the meet.”

Girls Meet

The Trojan girls swim team lost to the defending sectional champions Thursday night. New Castle was led by freshman Lylah Hutson with a pair of second-place finishes in the 200 and 500 Freestyle events.

The team of Hutson, Bailey Smith, Rylan Blessinger, and Payton Plank finished third in the Medley Relay. In the 400 Freestyle Relay, the team of Blessinger, Hannah Hamacher, Plank, and Hutson finished the meet in third place.

“For the first meet of the year, the girls swam really well,” Coach Kubick remarked. “We had a lot of nervous girls, and seeing Greenfield walk in can be extremely intimidating. However, I couldn’t have been prouder of our girls. For having nine of the 10 girls being in their first high school meet, they did a great job. The more they learn, the faster they will go, and the better they will get. It’s a long process, but I’m really excited with where we are right now and the potential this group has.”

New Castle hosts Muncie Central Tuesday for another start at 5:30 p.m.