Braves' swimmers earn first win against CC

    The Bellmont girls and boys swimming and diving teams both defeated Columbia City on Tuesday at Bellmont High School.
    The girls defeated Columbia City 125-52, and the Bellmont boys won, 104-77, in their first meet of the season.
    Juniors Sarah Evans and Rachel Klingensmith were double winners in individual races for Bellmont, with Evans winning the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke and Klingensmith winning the 50 and 100 freestyle races.
    As a team, the Bellmont girls had 18 personal best swims, led by three each from junior Hannah Mendez and freshman Monica Williams.
    While the girls’ team won 10 of the 12 events of the meet, the second-place team of Peighton Morlan, Hannah Mendez, Brittney Hartman and Julia Ysidron came from behind to take second place by three-tenths of a second in the 400 freestyle relay.
     Bellmont’s 200 freestyle relay team of Hartman, Mikayla Voglewede, Mae Baczynski and Reagan Burry won the event in 1:52.90, which coach Drew Norby called an “exceptional” time.
     On the boys’ side, senior Zac Torrey won the 100 and 200 freestyle races, and senior Trey Schisler won the 200 individual medley and 100 yard butterfly.
    In just the first meet of the season, Norby noted solid swims by Spencer Zeser’s second place finish in the 50 freestyle, Austin Jones’ third-place finish in the 100 breaststroke, and Spencer Shoup’s sub-minute leg of the 400 freestyle relay.
    “We’re not in the shape we want to be in, but I’m pleased with the effort in our first meet,” Norby said.
    Sophomore Allyson Norby and freshman Connor Ross won the girls and boys diving portion of the meet, respectively.
    “All of our divers performed well,” Norby said. “They looked good and did some really nice dives. It was a good way to start the meet.”
    Bellmont hosts Blackford at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.