After spending the first half of the season on the road as the pool was under repair, the boys and girls swimming/diving teams returned home on Tuesday evening to face the Rushville Lions and both teams earned decisive victories.
“It’s great to be back home,” New Castle sophomore Cole Nicholson said. “I just like the feeling of swimming at home, in front of our home crowd, more. Every pool feels different to swim in.
“This pool feels lighter, and it’s usually where I turn in some of my best times.”
The boys team defeated Rushville 82-20 while sweeping all three relay first-place finishes in addition to eight individual first-place finishes.
Robbie Lamb, Brayton Helderband and Skylar Nicholson each led the Trojans with back-to-back first-place finishes throughout the meet.
Lamb clinched the top spot in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:09.76 before finishing first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 58.85. Heldberbrand clinched first in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:15.73 before adding a first-place effort of 1:06.26 in the 100 breaststroke. Skylar Nicholson added a first-place finish of 25.44 in the 50 freestyle and a first-place finish of 6:05.28 in the 500 freestyle.
New Castle’s Seth Medler and Cole Nicholson each shared both first and second-place finishes. Medler clinched the top spot in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:07.15 while Cole Nicholson did the same in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:04.19. Medler added a second-place finish of 26.17 in the 50 freestyle before Nicholson did the same in the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:12.76.
Jordan Turner rounded out the boys team’s individual effort with second-place finishes of 2:24.84 in the 200 IM and 1:11.54 in the 200 backstroke. Cole Nicholson joined up with Helderbrand, Lamb and Medler for a first-place finish of 2:01.14 in the 200 medley relay before joining Skylar Nichsolson, Turner and Medler for a first-place finish of 4:14.11 in the 400 relay. Turner joined Lamb, Helderbrand and Skylar Nicholson in the 200 freestyle relay for a first-place finish of 1:47.13.
The New Castle girls team defeated Rushville 117-47.
Barr clinched first-place times of 2:41.53 in the 200 IM and 1:04.28 in the 100 freestyle.
“It definitely felt good being back home for a competition,” Barr said. “Being a senior, it was definitely exciting to get home. The bus rides to Muncie South have brought us closer together, but I feel myself starting to get back into a zone more so at home.”
Hawrot clinched first-place times of 27.03 in the 50 freestyle and 1:07.13 in the 100 backstroke while Warner added first-place times of 1:09.21 in the 100 butterfly and 6:10.42 in the 500 freestyle.
New Castle’s Taylor Kelsik, Katie Larson and Reagan McCarty each shared both first and second-place finish. Kelsik clinched a first-place finish of 2:24.43 in the 200 freestyle before adding a second-place finish of 1:04.73 in the 100 freestyle. Larson clinched a first-place finish of 1:21.01 in the 100 breaststroke after adding a second-place finish of 30.31 in the 50 freestyle.
McCarty clinched a first-place finish of 6:48.33 in the 500 freestyle before adding a second-place finish of 1:22.16 in the 100 breaststroke.
Camie Johnson represented New Castle’s dive corps with a first-place effort of 1:37.30 while Kate Hamilton swept back-to-back second-place finish of 3:02.71 in the 200 IM and 1:25.30 in the 100 butterfly.
Keldyn Young added a third-place finish of 1:37.19 in the 100 butterfly after finishing fourth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:58.12. Sarah Lucas rounded out the New Castle top-three with a third-place finish of 3:26.51 in the 200 individual medley before also clinching fifth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:45.19.
Barr, Kelsik, Larson and Hawrot met up in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay while clinching first-place times of 2:10.88 and 1:55.69, respectively. Hamilton, Young, McCarty and Warner joined up for a first-place finish of 4:48.23 in the 400 freestyle relay as well.