SYRACUSE – Northridge continued to make its name in the Northern Lakes Conference swimming pools, but Wawasee gave it a run on the boys side Thursday night.
The Lady Raiders had no trouble putting away Wawasee in a convincing 147-36 drubbing. The Raider boys, on the other hand, were challenged in a 104-79 result over the Warriors.
Northridge was able to take nine of the 12 events in the boys races, but had to fight off Wawasee in doing so in several regards. The tightest race of the night was in the 100 free, where Ridge’s Joey Garberick posted a 51.24 at the wall, barely outtouching Wawasee’s Brett Willaman by two-tenths of a second.
Ridge also had to get late burst in the 400 free relay to win at 3:24.21, with Wawasee coming in at 3:24.81.
Brady Robinson gave Wawasee a double winner, taking the individual medley at 1:57.80 and the backstroke at 56.22. Dane Jenkins led diving at 202.65 in an uncontested trio of Wawasee divers.
Garberick and Nick Dibley were double winners for the Raiders, Garberick taking the 50 free at 22.88 and Dibley claiming the 200 free at 1:46.94 and the butterfly at 55.09.
The girls races were much less contested, with a powerful and deep Northridge side raising the bar.
The Lady Raiders set five pool records Thursday night, opening the night with two in a row with Sara Troyer posting a 287.55 in diving and the medley relay opening swims with a 1:49.53.
Elsa Fretz had an exceptional night. The speedy Raider took the pool record in the 50 free at 24.02 and then anchored records in both the 200 free relay at 1:40.04 and 400 free relay at 3:37.65. Fretz also won the butterfly in a ‘pedestrian’ 58.41.
“We swam very tired tonight,” noted Wawasee head coach Julie Robinson. “We have increased our training in preparation for Christmas break training. They are focused on their goals they are and preparing for conference.”
Wawasee will have some time off from competition for winter break, returning for its final home meet Saturday, Jan. 6 against Goshen.