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January 15, 2014

Terre Haute South senior is queen of the pool

Swimmer Senseman leads Braves against rival Patriots tonight

TERRE HAUTE — Terre Haute South senior Katherine Senseman has a full plate this week.

While making sure to maintain her No. 1 standing in her class academically, Senseman leads her Terre Haute South swimming team into action tonight against rival Terre Haute North. Senseman and the Braves will also be in action Saturday in their first Conference Indiana competition at Columbus.

Senseman also happens to be the homecoming queen for Friday night’s basketball game against Northview.

Coach Jeff Thompson has been impressed.

“She does everything at the highest level,” Thompson said. “We’ll look to Katherine, and all the girls do, for leadership. Every team usually has that person, and Katherine is that girl for us.”

Senseman has been a state finalist in several different events in her South career, and this season she’s broken the school record in the 50-yard freestyle.

First-year Terre Haute North coach Victoria Sheppard is fired up to send her Patriots into action after last week’s weather issues put a damper into the athletes’ training on both ends of town.

“The weather was unfortunate last week, so this week has been fun getting them back in the weather. We’re looking forward to the meet,” Sheppard said. “A lot of them are friends. They definitely know who their competition is, but that makes it fun for them.”

North’s girls are led by junior co-captains Maria Kline and Heidi Archer, who both swim freestyle events.

“Both are great team leaders,” said Sheppard, adding that senior Micah Breitweiser (breaststroke) and sophomore Morgan Breitweiser (backstroke) have been among the strong performers so far for the Patriots.

Thompson’s team was back in action in dominant victories against South Vermillion on Monday night.

“Our kids responded well. They were excited to be back together,” he said. “Just being back together and out of the house probably had something to do with their performance. That year -round training helps get you through times like this past week.”

Katherine’s sister, Rachel Senseman, is another of South’s top swimmers. Seniors Taylor Schilling and Mackenzie Vaughn are two more leaders for South. Schilling is “one of those spark plugs for our team, does a nice job circling the wagons and keeping the team going in the right direction. Could be a special night for her.”

For the boys, Terre Haute North coach Mike Williams likes what he saw from his team Tuesday against Crawfordsville.

“They’re up off a pretty good win. I expect a good performance against South,” Williams said. “We all come together one night and swim against each other. We always swim well against Terre Haute South because they train together, they’re friends and enjoy racing each other.”

North senior diver Garrett Humphrey and South’s Nick Lee should have a close battle

“Garrett’s a fantastic senior. He always dives well at South. My expectation is he’ll have another fantastic performance,” Williams said.

Senior Courtland Jones (100 butterfly) and senior Will Hubbs (backstroke) could be poised for big performances, Williams said.

South’s boys are led by senior Christian Wilhelm, who has signed to compete for the University of Illinois-Chicago next year. He’ll compete tonight in the 200 and 500 freestyle.

Brandon Sakbun (breaststroke) is a “sparkplug for our team,” Thompson said, and senior Josh Ford “can swim any of the strokes. He’s very athletic and primarily swims the 200 individual medley.

“Those three have been performing at a high level. Continue to look to them for leadership and showing the underclassmen the Brave way.”


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