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Trojans compete in 3-way meet at Muncie Burris

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New Castle’s Ben Hall swims in the 100 Butterfly during last week’s home meet against Greenfield-Central. During Saturday’s triangular meet at Muncie Burris, Hall won the 200IM and placed third in the 100 Butterfly as the Trojan boys placed second as a team.
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New Castle’s Garrett Rusch is about to splash down after performing a dive in last week’s home meet against Greenfield-Central. Rusch placed second in diving last Saturday during a triangular meet at Muncie Burris.
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New Castle’s Caitlin Shunneson executes a dive during a home meet against Greenfield-Central last week. Saturday, Shunneson placed second in diving in a triangular meet at Muncie Burris.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

MUNCIE — The New Castle High School boys and girls swimming teams competed in a triangular meet Saturday at Muncie Burris, which was a late addition to the schedule, and the Trojan boys finished second and the girls third.

Boys Meet: University 75, New Castle 60, Muncie Burris 45

The New Castle boys were led by Luke Atterson winning the 200 and 500 Freestyle events. Jackson Criswell won the 50 Freestyle and placed second in the 100 Freestyle. Ben Hall added a first place finish in the 200 IM and a third place finish in the 100 Butterfly.

Garrett Rusch and Aidan Sipes both had second-place finishes in Diving and the 100 Breaststroke, respectfully. Andrew Lacey rounded out the top three finishes with a third-place finish in the 500 Freestyle.

In the relays, the Trojan Medley Relay team of Kaleb Carter, Lacey, Dominique Strunk, and Rusch placed third. The 200 Freestyle Relay team of Griffey, Strunk, Sipes, and Atterson placed second, and the 400 Freestyle Relay team of Hall, Atterson, Sipes, and Criswell finished the meet in second place.

“We were really happy with how our boys swam,” New Castle Coach Jason Kubick stated. “We couldn’t have asked for a better effort from them all. Much like the girls, they are supporting and encouraging each other so much more than any other group I’ve had in my time here. That goes a long way into the success of the team, and also makes everyone want to swim fast. I’m so excited with the group we have and I am really looking forward to seeing what this group can accomplish.”

Girls Meet: Muncie Burris 82, University 61, New Castle 40

Individually, the New Castle girls were led by Lylah Hutson, winning the 500 Freestyle and placing second in the 200 Freestyle. Caitlin Shunneson placed second in Diving for the Trojans. Bailey Smith brought home a couple third-place finishes in the 100 Freestyle and the 100 Breaststroke.

In the relays for New Castle, the Medley Relay team of Mackenzie Smoot, Smith, Hutson, and Payton Plank placed third and the 400 Freestyle Relay team of Plank, Hannah Hamacher, Smith, and Hutson placed second to finish the meet.

“Overall, I was really happy with how the girls swam,” Coach Kubick remarked. “We tried some new events with different people, and we’re going to keep experimenting with new events. We had a couple of hiccups with those, but for the most part it was pretty successful. I really like this group of girls, especially how hard they work and how well they support each other. That will only pay off for them in future meets.”

New Castle hosted Muncie Central Tuesday evening and travels to New Palestine Thursday for a triangular meet with the host Dragons and Eastern Hancock.

“We have a good opportunity to get a win on Tuesday night against Muncie Central,” Coach Kubick added.