Stars splash past Jennings County

BNL’s Cole Baker won the 200-yard individual medley during Saturday’s meet at Jennings County.

NORTH VERNON – Bedford North Lawrence swept the relays while churning past Jennings County in boys high school swimming action on Saturday.

The Stars posted a 113-68 victory in the boys meet, while the Panthers recorded a 112-39 win in the girls meet.

BNL won eight events, including the relay domination. Cole Baker, Alexander Swenson, Garrett Henson and John Allen took the 200-yard medley relay in 1:49.00, while Allen, Swenson and Baker teamed with Trey Kimbley to touch first in the 200 freestyle (1:35.77) and 400 free (3:33.56) relays.

“We loaded up the relays on the guys side, so that we could get some final swims out of our newer swimmers,” BNL coach Adam Young said. “We are still trying to put the finishing touches on our conference and sectional lineups.”

Individual winners for the Stars included Allen (1:55.60 in the 200 free), Baker (2:16.77 in the 200 individual medley), Hayden Puckett (55.36 in the 100 free), Isaiah Eicle (1:04.08 in the 100 backstroke), Swenson (1:09.48 in the 100 breaststroke) and Kade Bailey (165.40 points in diving).

“We swam off events today,” Young said. “After the big hype for Senior Night, today was lacking the energy we swam with two days ago. It’s understandable that we might not see a lot of time improvements over just a couple of days. We did have a lot of wins, even with swimmers doing races they don’t have a lot of experience with. My hope is that we can get our energy back up when Bloomington South comes calling for our last home meet.”

In the girls meet, Shelby Slaughter had the lone win for the Stars as she splashed to the wall in 6:00.13 in the 500 free.

“The girls are still without Emma Gabhart (virus protocol), so we are even more shorthanded,’ Young said. “The girls team is small but mighty, and I continue to be impressed with their consistent, dependable energy and effort.”

The Stars will host Bloomington South on Tuesday.