Squaws take third in conference meet; Braves tie for 4th

    FORT WAYNE – With Homestead and Carroll’s boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving teams dominating first and second place at the Northeast Hoosier Conference meet on Saturday, but the real story was how the rest of the teams stacked up.
    The Indiana High School Swim Coaches Association ranks Carroll in seventh and Homestead in 16th on the boys’ side, and Homestead at ninth and Carroll at 16th in the girls’ poll.
    So, for the Bellmont girls to finish in third and the boys to finish in a tie for fourth, Bellmont coach Drew Norby sees Saturday’s results as a significant success.
    In the girls’ conference race, Homestead was first with 547 points and Carroll was second with 512. Bellmont was third with 273, East Noble in fourth with 261, Norwell fifth with 180, Columbia City sixth with 135 and Dekalb seventh with 101.
    The boys’ overall results were Homestead in first with 533, Carroll second with 505, Norwell third with 245, a tie for fourth between Bellmont and Columbia City with 222, Dekalb sixth with 154 and East Noble seventh with 135.
    “With Homestead and Carroll being ranked so highly in the state, the girls getting third is like us winning the conference,” Norby said. “It’s a good stepping stone to sectional. It’s a championship meet set up with excellent swimmers. We look to this as one of our milestones for the year. For us to do well is very nice.”
    The Bellmont boys’ team lingered in third place for much of the meet, but dropped to that tie for fourth place because the Braves just didn’t have enough swimmers to put in races toward the end of the meet.
    In all, 18 of the 19 swimmers on the girls’ and boys’ squads scored for Bellmont. In order to earn points, swimmers must place from first to 16th.
    Senior Zac Torrey led the day for the Braves with a second place in the 50 freestyle and third in the 100 freestyle. He also was a member of the fourth-place 200 freestyle relay and third-place 400 freestyle relay teams.
    Junior Sarah Evans had personal bests in all four of her swims on the day, and sophomore Regan Burry, senior Spencer Zeser and freshman Thomas McNamara all logged three personal bests on the day.