The New Castle girls swim team lost a close meet against Muncie Central, Tuesday night. The Trojans swam hard but fell a little short in the end. They were led by Lylah Hutson as a double winner in the 200 IM and 500 Freestyle. Rylan Blessinger had a couple of 2nd place finishes in the 200 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly. Payton Plank finished 2nd in the 50 Free and 3rd in the 100 Breaststroke. Hannah Hamacher (200 IM and 100 Freestyle) and Mackenzie Smoot (200 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly) each had a pair of 3rd place finishes. Karina Lee added a 2nd place finish in the 100 Backstroke, and Caitlin Shunneson added a 3rd place finish in Diving. In the relays, the Medley Relay team of Hutson, Bailey Smith, Blessinger, and Plank placed 2nd. The 200 Freestyle Relay teams were 1st and 3rd, with the team of Plank, Smith, Blessinger, and Hutson winning and Quincy Kopp, Lee, Hamacher, and Smoot placing 3rd. In the 400 Freestyle relay, the team of Hamacher, Smoot, Baylee Rigney, and Lee.
The girls all swam really well last night, and continue to improve. Our times are looking good and I keep encouraging togetherness and supporting one and other. It is definitely helping our team grow and be successful. We will return to the pool tomorrow night in a 3-way meet at New Palestine against New Pal and Eastern Hancock.