South slips past Stars

BNL’s John Allen won two events and helped the Stars win two relays at Bloomington South on Tuesday night.

BLOOMINGTON – Bloomington South swept to a pair of wins over Bedford North Lawrence during high school swimming action on Tuesday night.

The Panthers edged the Stars 97-88 in the boys meet, while South splashed to a 124-61 triumph in the girls meet.

BNL’s John Allen and Alexander Swenson were double winners for BNL in the boys meet. Allen took the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.28) and the 100 free (51.51), while Swenson touched first in the 200 individual medley (2:08.08) and the 500 free (5:16.59).

That duo also helped the Stars claim two relays. BNL took the 200 medley (with Cole Baker and Garrett Henson joining Allen and Swenson to clock 1:48.74) and the 400 free (the same foursome in 3:37.16).

BNL’s other winners included Baker in the 100 backstroke (1:00.56) and Henson in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.12).

“The best top-to-bottom team performance so far this year,” BNL coach Adam Young said. “Especially after the two-week quarantine. It’s always tough against South, but we had a ton of wins and the boys almost pulled off a team win.”

In the girl meet, the Stars won five events. Emma Gabhart was a double winner as she claimed the 200 individual medley (2:14.81) and the 100 breaststroke (1:10.55). She also helped the Stars win the 200 medley relay with Kaitlyn Hackney, Ursula Patton and Shelby Slaughter (2:05.78).

Other winners for BNL included Patton (2:09.92 in the 200 free) and Hackney (1:09.69 in the 100 backstroke).

“Kaitlyn had a great night,” Young said. “I’ve been waiting for that all season and she is really turning the corner, turning in fast times tonight. She will be a key when it come time for sectional.

“Just a great team effort tonight and I couldn’t be happier with where both teams are heading into the home stretch. So many PRs and such big drops just aren’t the norm this time of year, and it shows how hard everyone has been working.”

BNL will compete in the girls Hoosier Hills Conference meet on Saturday.