Team depth key as Braves, Squaws handle SA tankers

    BERNE—County rivals Bellmont and South Adams met in the pool at South Adams Tuesday night with the Braves and Squaws both recording solid victories over the Starfires.
    The Braves notched a 119-66 triumph winning 10 of the 12 events, including all three relays, while the Squaws posted a nearly identical win with a 115-71 decision over the Starfish as they took seven of the 12 events scheduled.
    Bellmont's Michael Miller and Jay Watters were both double individual winners with Miller going 5:26.47 in the 500 freestyle and 2:15.2 in the 200 IM for his victories while Watters took the 50 freestyle in :22.82 and the 100 backstroke in 1:01.86.
    Other winners for the Braves included Matt Mock with a 1:59.55 time in the 200 freestyle, Mason Werling in the 100 butterfly at 1:01.36, and Zac Torrey in the 100 freestyle with a :52.78 clocking. The Braves won the 200 medley relay in 1:50.00, the 200 freestyle relay in 1:38.5 and the 400 freestyle relay in 3:35.92 as well but names were not reported.
    South Adams picked up two victories on the night with Caleb Wurster beating the field in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:09.82 time and Lance Hummer won the diving competition with 192.5 points.
    Depth was evident in the Squaws win over South Adams with BHS only posting a 7-5 edge in event wins but BHS still had a 44 point victory.
    For Bellmont, Rachel Klingensmith sped to a 1:01.15 triumph in the 100 freestyle, Megan Maynard captured the 50 freestyle in :27.22, Erin Hunter took the 100 butterfly with a 1:07.94 time, and Bailee Hankenson topped the 100 breaststroke field with a 1:18.65 finish. The Squaws also were victorious in the 200 medley relay in 2:06.34, the 200 freestyle relay in 1:52.61, and the 400 freestyle relay race in 4:09.27; names were not provided for the relay races.
    South Adams' Erika Waugh was the lone double individual winner in the meet as she won the 200 and 500 freestyle races in respective times of 2:07.05 and 5:35.5. Olivia Turner snared the diving competition with 154.25 points for the Stars, Alex Fox was the 200 IM winner with a 2:36.61 finish, and Kara DeLong earned a blue ribbon in the 100 backstroke event with a 1:08.21 time.
    Both teams are now off from competition until January 4 with Bellmont next swimming at Carroll and South Adams will host Celina.