TERRE HAUTE —
The twice-postponed swim meet/reunion between Terre Haute North and Terre
Haute South proved to be worth the wait Wednesday evening at South's pool,
as it always is.
"It was great," said first-year North girls coach Victoria Sheppard. "The
girls all know their competition, and we had some good times."
Although the host Braves won both meets on their Senior Night – the boys by
a 140-46 score, the girls 123.5-62.5 – there were plenty of highlights for
all, not to mention the excitement of actually being in the pool.
"Our season has been cut short significantly," noted South senior Katherine
Senseman. "We've had five or six meets canceled. But we've still had a lot
of time to practice, and it's turning out OK."
"You try to make the best of the situation you're given," added coach Jeff
Thompson of the Braves, while noting the possible affects of lack of pool
availability and loss of routine, "and I'd like to think we have."
"The group of kids that's determined to do well will find ways to do well,"
added coach Mike Williams of the North boys, pointing out that many of the
Patriot swimmers had worked on their strength even when unable to get in the
With the Conference Indiana boys meet coming up this weekend and girls
sectionals starting the following Thursday, there's little experimentation
time left – although that hasn't stopped Thompson.
"It's always nice when you see people take advantage of opportunities
they're given, and I saw a number of young people do that tonight," the
South coach said. "This team is really competitive when it comes to trying
to secure spots, particularly on relays, and this is the first time in a
long time that there's still such a large group jockeying [for position]."
Two Braves who may have improved their spots on Wednesday were freshman
Corynn Christjansen – probably a surprise winner of the 100 freestyle,
considering she swam in an outside lane – and sophomore Jacob Riley.
"We're not Carmel or anything," Thompson said, "but on a team like ours you
can be really, really good and still fly under the radar."
There's still star power on the Braves too, of course. The Senseman sisters
had four wins each, younger sister Rachel joining Katherine to wrap up the
meet by pulling away on the final two legs of the 400 freestyle relay.
They'd also teamed up in the medley relay and won individual medley and
butterfly (Rachel) and the 50 and backstroke (Katherine).
Christian Wilhelm dominated the longer races, Dalton Mitchell won the 100
and backstroke and Nolan Hillard took 50 and butterfly plus two relay wins
each to pace South's boys, while other South event winners were Josh Ford,
Lucas Sturgess and diver Nick Lee.
Maria Kline was a double winner for North's girls, also sweeping the longest
races, while Micah Breitweiser (breaststroke) and diver Allison Prose also
"I wasn't sure [about winning] in the 200, because [South's] Ashton [Dillon]
beat me in the conference meet," said Kline, the defending sectional
champion in the 500. "It's late in the season and we're all real tired, but
I expected my times to be a little better – but I'm not too disappointed."
"I was very proud of Maria's wins, and I'll be excited to see her go faster
next week," added Sheppard. "We just started our taper, so we're looking
forward to getting more speed."
"What we saw was pretty much what we expected to see," Williams said. "There
were some great swims, and some boys swam their best times Š now we'll see
what a couple days of [consistent] training will do."
Williams was especially proud, he said, of senior Garrett Humphrey, who
battled Lee in an impressive boys diving performance. "Garrett was just
phenomenal, and he's just heating up," the coach said.
"I think we had a very good meet," Katherine Senseman said. "We put together
a lot of good relays, North gave us great competition Š and it was Senior
Night, so the team got very excited. Š It's hard to believe it's my senior
year, and my last [North-South meet]."
Although he's a senior too, it was the first North-South meet for Hillard,
who moved in from Robinson, Ill., and has given a boost to the already
strong South team.
"They're all really good people," Hillard said of his experience with the
Braves. "They made me feel pretty much at home Š and they definitely know
how to push me at practice."
Hillard had previously driven to Vincennes to practice with the Alices and
swim in club meets, and participated in one high school meet a year by
driving from Robinson to Champaign. He's looking forward to his first
postseason swims in Indiana.
"I'm excited to get more best times," he said. "I think we can get the
school record in a couple of relays."
Terre Haute South 123.5, Terre Haute North 62.5
200 medley relay – South (Katherine Senseman, Abby Kirsch, Taylor Schilling,
Rachel Senseman) 2:01.65.
200 freestyle – Maria Kline (N) 2:04.19, Ashton Dillon (S) 2:05.36, Corynn
Christjansen (S) 2:12.60.
200 individual medley – R.Senseman (S) 2:25.49, Brittany Scott (S) 2:28.18,
Kirsch (S) 2:33.36.
50 freestyle – K.Senseman (S) 24.79, Alayna Moore (S) and Heidi Mattick (N)
Diving – Allison Prose (N) 134.45, Emily Thurston (S) 131.75, Brynna Ward
100 butterfly – R.Senseman (S) 1:04.54, Maddie Schilling (S) 1:06.32,
T.Schilling (S) 1:06.98.
100 freestyle – Christjansen (S) 58.15, Scott (S) 58.71, Katlyn Powers (N)
500 freestyle – Kline (N) 5:31.57, Dillon (S) 5:33.47, Lillie Padget (S)
200 freestyle relay – South (Hannah Ater, Scott, Moore, Dillon) 1:49.59.
100 backstroke – K.Senseman (S) 1:00.88, Ater (S) 1:10.83, Morgan
Breitweiser (N) 1:10.86.
100 breaststroke – Micah Breitweiser (N) 1:18.21, Kirsch (S) 1:19.54,
Mattick (N) 1:19.76.
400 freestyle relay – South (Ater, Dillon, R.Senseman, K.Senseman) 3:55.99.
Terre Haute South 140, Terre Haute North 46
200 medley relay – South (Nolan Hillard, Lucas Sturgess, Dalton Mitchell,
Collin Dowell) 1:45.09.
200 freestyle – Christian Wilhelm (S) 1:50.58, Courtland Jones (N) 1:55.94,
Harrison Barnes (N) 1:56.64.
200 individual medley – Josh Ford (S) 2:07.97, Will Cammack (S) 2:11.32,
Sturgess (S) 2:14.40.
50 freestyle – Hillard (S) 23.29, Dowell (S) 24.16, Aaron Simpson (N) 25.63.
Diving – Nick Lee (S) 254.90, Garrett Humphrey (N) 227.80, Cam Clark (S)
100 butterfly – Hillard (S) 57.73, Ildanne Dalina (S) 58.11, Ford (S) 59.02.
100 freestyle – Mitchell (S) 50.69, Jacob Riley (S) 52.45, Dowell (S) 53.15.
500 freestyle – Wilhelm (S) 5:12.02, Cammack (S) 5:21.21, Sam McCarter (N)
200 freestyle relay – South (Hillard, Riley, Cammack, Wilhelm) 1:35.24.
100 backstroke – Mitchell (S) 59.09, Will Hubbs (N) 1:02.40, Tristen
Carrithers (S) 1:02.59.
100 breaststroke – Sturgess (S) 1:06.63, Brandon Sakbun (S) 1:07.63, Barnes
400 freestyle relay – South (Riley, Mitchell, Cammack, Wilhelm) 3:28.59.
TERRE HAUTE —
The twice-postponed swim meet/reunion between Terre Haute North and Terre
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