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November 28, 2012

H.S. SWIMMING PREVIEW: Highlanders look to repeat at conference, sectional

Dogs, Devils hope to push for HHC, sectional titles

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> SOUTHERN INDIANA — 2012 GIRLS’ SWIMMING PREVIEW

CHARLESTOWN

• Coach: Andy Cymbalist, 8th season at Charlestown.

• Departed Swimmers: Sara Trotter, Katie Burkhart, Katie Jenkins. All three were academic All-Americans and members of last year’s Mid-Southern Conference championship 200 free relay team.

• Returning Varsity Swimmers: Lindsey Blackwell (Sr.), Mary Hoff (Jr.), Whitney Andrews (So.).

• Varsity Newcomers: Samantha Snodgrass (Fr.), Molly Sumner (Fr.).

• Outlook: Blackwell, Hoff and Andrews could have the Pirates near the top of the Mid-Southern Conference again, although with only three experienced varsity swimmers and five total swimmers, it may be tough to expect the Pirates to win many dual meets.

• Coach Cymbalist said: “Our girls always compete for the conference title with consistently high placings at the conference meet. We will again attempt to fininsh as high in our conference as our small numbers will allow. If we don’t win conference, it won’t be from lack of effort or desire, just a lack of numbers.”

FLOYD CENTRAL

• Coach: Joe Perkins, 13th season at Floyd Central.

• Assistant Coaches: Shea Weathers (diving coach).

• Departed Swimmers: Haley Dresner (four-year state qualifier), Brittany Baird (sectional finalist), Kailey Crater.

• Returning Varsity Swimmers: Kalen Hanna (Sr., distance free and IM); Sarah Taylor (Sr., IM and backstroke); Lauren Batliner (Jr., fly and breast); Sydney Baumann (Jr., diving); Katrina Klingsmith (Jr., breast); Amy McCormick (Jr., distance free); Jessica Pinnick (Jr., IM & back); Maryn Meldrum (So., sprints and breast); Meg Taylor (So., distance free).

• Varsity Newcomers: Jessica Ingram (Fr., sprints); Alex Jamison (Fr., sprints and breast); Layah Jones (Fr., breast and distance free); Lydia Kotowski (Fr., sprints); Elizabeth Kreilein (Fr., backstroke, fly and breast); Elizabeth Mix (Fr., diving); Grace Neal (Fr., free); Baily Schneidau (Fr., free); Aniali Sivomohan (Fr., free); Annie Sung (Fr., back, breast and fly).

• Outlook: Perkins has been the Floyd Central coach for 13 years and has never had so many swimmers on one team. The Highlanders are also deep in talent. Of course, in the end, that will be a good thing. Early on, it may cause Perkins some headaches figuring out his best lineups.

• Coach Perkins said: “We hope to compete for the Hoosier Hills Conference championship and the sectional championship this year. It’s great to have this many new girls on the team. As a coach, I am taking my time to figure out what will be the best situation for our team throughout the season so we can be at our best at the end fo the year. We will look at ever possible meet lineup to put the girls in situations where they can be successful.”

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