TERRE HAUTE — Three former Terre Haute North swimmers and one from Terre Haute South are having excellent seasons at the collegiate level.
On Friday, Valparaiso sophomore Kristy Shew set two season bests in a 135-82 loss to Michigan State. Shew recorded two of the team’s top performances this season with the team’s sixth best 50 free time (26.23 seconds) and fourth-best 100 free time (56.83).
“We swam Michigan State very competitively and had several personal bests as well as three first place finishes,” said interim head coach Barbara Tyree. “I am really proud of them.”
Earlier this season, Shew had the team’s fifth-best 200 free time of 2:05.15.
Shew, a political science major, swam in every freestyle event last year as a freshman and was voted team’s Workhorse Award recipient and also named to the Mid-Continent Conference All-Academic Team.
The Illinois Fighting Illini women’s swimming and diving team finished the fall portion of its season on Dec. 2 with a sixth-place finish at the Ohio State Invitational.
Meghan Bradley, a senior from Terre Haute North, set a personal record in the 100 back with a career best time of 59.48.
Other season bests for Bradley this year were 28.93 in the 50 back (on Nov. 3 vs. both Drury and Missouri in the MIzzou Dual Meet Challenge), 2:06.99 on Dec. 2 in the Ohio State Invitational and 2:17.13 in the 200 IM on Nov. 10 at Illinois State.
Olivia Bayer, a senior at IUPUI, has personal best times this year of 27.24 in the 50 free, 59.71 in the 100 free, 30.63 in the 50 back and 1:07.31 in the 100 back.
Brent Noble, a junior at Eastern Illinois, recently picked up two victories for the Panthers in a dual-meet win over Millikin. Noble placed first in the 200 free in 1:52.45 and also won the 500 free in 5:02.75.
In other swimming news:
Ashley Thompson, Jr., Delta State — Won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.33 in the Delta State Christmas Meet last month.
Andrew Bretscher, So., Ohio State — Competing on several relay teams for the No. 13 ranked Buckeyes. In the Ohio State Invitational last month, Bretscher was a member of the fourth-place 400-yard freestyle relay team that had a time of 3:01.56.
Dustin Wood, Fr., Evansville — Was a member of the third-place 200-yard medley relay team in a meet at Rose-Hulman on Wednesday. The team had a time of 1:48.24.
Tracy Menzel, Jr., Kenyon — Has the team’s top times this season in the 100 breast (1:04.86) and the 200 breast (2:23.21).
Cheri Baratto, Jr., Akron — In the 2007 Zippy Invitational, she placed seventh in the 200 breast in 2:29.31.
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Donny Brush, assistant coach, Indiana – Has helped coach the Hoosiers to a No. 7 national ranking.
• Maggert has breakout game — Emily Maggert of Paris had her career best game for Ball State’s women’s basketball team on Wednesday with 24 points and nine rebounds in an 84-70 win over Western Michigan.
Maggert hit 9 of 10 field goals and 6 of 11 free throws in 30 minutes of action.
The Cardinals opened Mid-American Conference play with the victory and improved to 4-9 on the season.
“Emily stepped up and had a great performance finishing from the field,” acting head coach Lisa McDonald said. “She is capable of being one of the top post players in the entire MAC, and we were able to see all of her hard work in practice translate to a game-type scenario.”
• Greyhounds finally lose — The University of Indianapolis women’s basketball team won its first 11 games of the season before falling 62-60 on Thursday to No. 15 Northern Kentucky.
Sophomore Jessica Canary of South Putnam had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Indianapolis, while Terre Haute North grad Samantha Meissel had a rare off night and hit just 2 of 11 field goal attempts. She finished with four points, three rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot.
Canary is averaging 12.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, while Meissel is averaging 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
• Littlefield back in action — Terre Haute South graduate Terrence Littlefield, who sat out last season at IUPUI as a redshirt after playing one year of basketball at Vincennes, now plays for Lee Junior College in Texas.
This season, Littlefield is averaging 5.1 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
• Pigg honored — Terre Haute South grad Anna Pigg, a freshman soccer player at IUPUI, was one of 101 Jaguar student-athletes named to the Academic Advisors list for recording at least a 3.0 grade point average in the fall semester.
• Roman to OCC — Selina Roman of Terre Haute North is a freshman member of Olney Central’s softball team.
“Selina brings a big bat to the Lady Blue Knights lineup,” OCC Coach Rick Porter said. “She will be looked upon to play the corner infield positions while keeping the mood in the dugout light. She is a hard worker and always looking for ways to improve.”
She is the daughter of Doug and Brenda Roman of Terre Haute.
Joey Bennett is a former Tribune-Star sports reporter and copy editor who now teaches at Northview High School in Brazil. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
TERRE HAUTE — Three former Terre Haute North swimmers and one from Terre Haute South are having excellent seasons at the collegiate level.
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