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Trojans swim hard but still fall to Bearcats

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New Castle’s Lylah Hutson performs the backstroke in the girls 200 IM event during Wednesday evening’s home swimming meet against Muncie Central at the NCMS pool. Hutson won both the girls 200 IM and the 500 Freestyle events.
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New Castle’s Aidan Sipes performs the breaststroke in the boys 200 IM event during Wednesday evening’s swimming meet against Muncie Central at the NCMS pool. Sipes placed second in the boys 200 IM by under a second to the first-place Bearcat finisher, but won the 100 Breaststroke.

By JASON KUBICK of NCHS

The New Castle High School girls and boys swimming teams gave a fine effort against Muncie Central during Tuesday evening’s home meet at the NCMS pool, but in the end fell to the visiting larger-school Bearcats.

In the girls meet, Muncie Central defeated New Castle 93-76, and in the boys meet the Bearcats outlasted the Trojans 106-77.

Girls Meet

The Trojan girls swam hard but fell a little short to the Bearcats in the end. New Castle was led by Lylah Hutson as a double winner in the 200 IM and 500 Freestyle. Rylan Blessinger had a couple of second-place finishes in the 200 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly. Payton Plank finished second in the 50 Free and third in the 100 Breaststroke.

Also for the Trojans, Hannah Hamacher (200 IM and 100 Freestyle) and Mackenzie Smoot (200 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly) each had a pair of third-place finishes. Karina Lee added a second-place finish in the 100 Backstroke, and Caitlin Shunneson added a third-place finish in Diving.

In the relays for New Castle, the Medley Relay team of Hutson, Bailey Smith, Blessinger, and Plank placed second. The 200 Freestyle Relay teams were first and third, with the team of Plank, Smith, Blessinger, and Hutson winning and Quincy Kopp, Lee, Hamacher, and Smoot placing third. In the 400 Freestyle relay, the team of Hamacher, Smoot, Baylee Rigney, and Lee was second.

“The girls all swam really well last night,” New Castle Coach Jason Kubick stated, “and continue to improve. Our times are looking good and I keep encouraging togetherness and supporting one another. It is definitely helping our team grow and be successful. We will return to the pool Thursday night in a three-way meet at New Palestine against New Pal and Eastern Hancock.

Boys Meet

In the boys meet, the Trojans were right with the Bearcats before losing ground towards the end. Double winners for New Castle were Jackson Criswell in the 50 and 100 Freestyle, and Ben Hall in the 200 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly. Aidan Sipes won the 100 Breaststroke and placed second in the 200 IM. Luke Atterson won the 500 Freestyle and placed third in the 200 IM.

Also for the Trojans, Connor Griffey swam his way to a second-place finish in 100 Backstroke and third place in the 100 Butterfly. Andrew Lacey and Aidan Shunneson each had third- place swims in the 200 Freestyle and 100 Breaststroke, respectively. The Medley Relay team of Atterson, Sipes, Hall and Criswell placed second, and the 400 Freestyle Relay team of Hall, Griffey, Sipes, and Criswell placed second to end the meet.

“The boys swam well last night had a lot of good times,” Coach Kubick added. “That’s what we are concerned with right now. We want the boys to be able to swim fast while they are tired. They are doing a very good job of this, and we will continue to look for improvement throughout the season. The boys also swim a three-way meet vs. New Palestine and Eastern Hancock Thursday night.”