Raider boys seize first victory

With an early blitz and late charge, the Southridge boys swim team finally earned what had eluded the Raiders for almost two seasons.

Christian Motteler’s first-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke delivered the Raider boys their first win since the 2011-2012 season, as Southridge topped Vincennes Lincoln 55-52 on Monday in Huntingburg. Motteler also paddled to the top time in the 200 freestyle, while teammate Luke Siddons collared a win in the 50 freestyle and second place in the 100 freestyle while anchoring the Raiders’ 200 medley relay team with Raul Rodriguez, Sam White and Motteler, which gave Southridge its first event victory and the early lead. Rodriguez also cruised to a nine-second win in the 100 backstroke, giving the Raiders wins in the final two boys events.

The Raider girls squad stumbled 96-74 against the Alices, though Taylor Miles secured victories in the 200 and 500 freestyle and Sydney Barrett touched the wall first in the 100 freestyle by six-hundredths of a second.

In other swimming:

Pike Central triangular: The host Chargers won both sides of a three-way meet, as the boys outdistanced Northeast Dubois 146-66 with Gibson Southern third at 46; Pike Central (130) topped the Titans (107) and Jeeps (62) in the girls meet.

For the Jeep boys, Kobi Knies was the lone swimmer to break a minute in the 100 freestyle (59.68), and Caleb Scherzinger collected the other individual Jeep victory in the 500 free. Knies and Scherzinger merged with Evan Bauer and Justin Kahle to win the 200 free relay by nearly 12 seconds.

The Northeast Dubois girls secured their only victory of the meet in the final event, where Hannah Beckman, Taylor Knight, Kaitlyn Bauer and Haley Brinkman churned to the best time in the 400 free relay.

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