Cats monopolize first-place swims

From Herald Staff Reports

At times Monday, it may have felt like the Jasper boys and girls swimmers were racing against nobody but their own teammates.

Both squads traveled to Tecumseh for a triangular meet against the host Braves and Evansville Bosse, and both Wildcat teams emerged with lopsided victories, taking the top spot in every race. The boys won with 178 points over Tecumseh (67) and Bosse (49), while the Wildcat girls racked up 176 points to ditch the Bulldogs (70) and Braves (62).


The Jasper boys swept the first and second positions in 10 of the 12 races, and two Wildcat swimmers collected first-place honors in four events. Mitch Mehringer took the top spot in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke and was part of the first-place 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams, while Cole Erny was victorious in the 200 and 500 freestyle races as well as the 200 individual medley and 400 freestyle relays. Jasper’s other first-place finishers included Jackson Beckman (23.06 in the 50 freestyle), Ben Nolan (1:00.68 in the 100 butterfly), Alec Vennekotter (57.33 in the 100 freestyle), Nick Pieper (1:15.40 in the 100 backstroke) and diver Luke Hoffman.

The girls were similarly successful, sweeping first and second in nine events. Payton Painter and Emma Hopf paced the Wildcats with two individual first-place finishes apiece, with Painter clocking the top time in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke while Hopf churned to first in the 200 and 100 freestyle.

Jasper’s other individual winners included Alissa Haas (27.13 in the 50 freestyle), Olivia Krodel (1:06.54 in the 100 butterfly), Cady Mehringer (5:44.95 in the 500 freestyle), Rachel Louviere (1:10.58 in the 100 backstroke) and diver Taylor Gehlhausen. The 200 medley relay (Addison Nolan, Painter, Mehringer and Hopf), 200 freestyle relay (Haas, Claire Egler, Nolan and Hopf) and 400 freestyle relay (Egler, Painter, Mehringer and Haas) all finished first as well.

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