Cats cruise in home waters

From Herald Staff Reports

For Jasper’s swim teams, the water feels just fine in their home pool.


With seven events at the JHS Natatorium over the last three weeks, the Wildcats have repeatedly made a splash in their own waters, and that continued in Monday’s sweep of Boonville. The girls cruised 139-36 to remain undefeated in six dual or triangular meets and an invitational; no opponent has come closer than 57 points of the Wildcats. And after a 129-50 takedown of Boonville, Jasper’s boys have beaten all but one foe in dual or tri meets at home.

The boys pulled off 1-2-3 sweeps in two events: diving (Luke Hoffman, Harry Seng, Sam Horen) and the 100-yard freestyle (Levi Hulsman, Chris Wigand, Calvin Gehlhausen). Jasper’s Ben Nolan darted to first in the 50 free by more than two seconds, and the Cats picked up two individual wins from three swimmers: Mitch Mehringer (100 breaststroke, 500 free), Cole Erny (200 individual medley, 100 backstroke) and Alec Vennekotter (200 free, 100 butterfly).

The plot was similar for the girls, who roared to the top three slots in four races. Abby Fleck grabbed first in the 200 free with Payton Painter and Shaina Dant following. Alissa Haas, Rachel Welsh and and Tabitha Pfaff seized the first three places in the 200 IM, and Haas and Pfaff were also first and third, respectively, in the 100 free with Cady Mehringer second. Addison Nolan, Olivia Krodel and Mariya Merkley were the first three to tap the wall in the 500 free.

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