|Red Devils win opening swim meet|
|Written by Jim Dabbelt|
|Wednesday, 04 December 2013 00:00|
It was a successful opening meet of the season for the Tippecanoe swimming team on Saturday night, as the Red Devils swept the dual meet from Troy Christian and Miami East.
Even being short-handed, the Red Devils mens team defeated Troy Christian 57-11, and Miami East 53-34. As for the womens team, they also defeated Troy Christian 81-17, and edged Miami East 69-65.
"This was our first meet of the season, where the first-year and veteran swimmers find out how their training and practices have prepared them for the competition," said Tippecanoe coach Tim Rambeau. "It gives the swimmers a baseline to work from, in regards to their time, stroke techniques, starts and turns.
The Tipp mens team has several top finishes, including Michael Taylor with a first place finish in the 200 yard free (2:14.94) and 500 yard free (6:21.37), while Drew Woodworth claimed the title in the 50 free (27.44) and the 100 free (1:03.37). The Red Devils 200 free relay team of Jay Schairbaum, Spencer Thomas, Woodworth and Taylor edged Miami East by less than one second. Tipp swam a time of 1:53.34.
Schairbaum came back in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:17.24, capturing the victory in that event, and the final champion from Tipp came from their 400 free relay team of the same four swimmers as in the 200, as they swam a time of 4:35.37.
Over on the womens team, Tipp was successful again in several events, led off by a win in the 200 yard medley relay with a time of 2:19.88, as the group of Jessica Wallans, Emily Doll, Anna Klepinger and Lauren Handley claimed victory.
Klepinger then came back in the 200 IM with another win, finishing with a time of 2:45.36, five seconds ahead of her closest competitor. Walland also was victorious in the 100 backstroke, as the Red Devil junior swam a 1:11.78.
Freshman Olivia Shirley swam a 42.17 to win the competitive 50 yard backstroke, and Klepinger won the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 1:21.53.
"Now the swimmers know what the coaches are talking about when we tell them to 'do the little things right, and you will swim faster and make points for the team'" Rambeau said.
other swimmers who had top three finishes at the opening meet, either individually or in a group were Kayla Bruns, Adrienne Crusey, Nikita Parks, Lauren Handley and Ally Chitwood.
Several swimmers were not present at this first meet, including Arielle Arnett, Enya Gernon, Sydney Menser, Adam Buynak, Jay Bell, Evan Stapp, Sidney Roemke, Cami Cahill, Bailey Cahill, and Kirsten Bell.