SYRACUSE – Now reaching about the midpoint of the swim season, coaches are wanting to see their talent start to rise in the pool. Wawasee saw just that Tuesday in a pair of fine victories over visiting NorthWood.
Wawasee won everything but diving on both sides against NorthWood, the boys a 131-55 winner and the girls a 128-57 winner at the Wawasee Natatorium.
Wawasee head coach Julie Robinson noted after the meet strides made by some of her swimmers, particularly a handful double winners. The exploits of Ali Haberman, Lily Tyler, Jacob Krugman and Daegan Kingrey all stood out in their own ways, and were impressionable as the season starts to shift to the second half.
“Our sprinters are all doing really well right now,” Robinson said. “They are working really hard in practice and it’s showing. It’s kind of started with Jacob Krugman this year, kind of nurturing the boys and taking them under his wing. They’re working hard and now they’re seeing the results in swim meets, and credit, so is Jacob, they just continue to work harder at getting faster.
“Daegan has always had that sprinter attitude. He is going to race you, challenge you. He’s going to race you to the end and give you everything he has. Ali has been getting more confidence the more she goes. She keeps gaining confidence and keeps dropping times, had a lifetime best in the 50 free. It’s just the confidence coming out. You can see that smile on her face with each of those times. She gets up on the block and has a little more desire and wants to put it out there.”
Haberman won both the sprints, taking the 50 free (27.67) and 100 free (1:01.47) while Tyler claimed the individual medley (2:26.24) and backstroke (1:06.85). Krugman took honors in the IM (2:16.55) and breaststroke (1:06.36) while Kingrey won the 50 free (23.45) and 100 free (52.55).
Wawasee had several others take two events against the Panthers, with Ella Park winning both long-distance freestyles, the 200 (2:10.47) and the 500 (5:39.15), Rileigh Atwood the butterfly (1:10.63) and breaststroke (1:11.81), Jared Krugman the 200 (1:53.51) and 500 (5:20.68), and Karlson Hand the butterfly (1:02.79) and backstroke (1:03.73).
Wawasee’s girls relay squads were on point, winning the medley (2:17.63), 200 (1:52.64) and 400 (4:06.85) while the boys chimed in in the medley (1:57.66), 200 (1:40.77) and 400 (3:38.83).
“Aaron Troutman is one who is developing and is getting stronger,” Robinson said. Troutman helped the Wawasee medley relay open with a win. “He’s got a lot of goals and is working on catching them. It was nice to put him in a couple different events and see what he could do. It’s nice to not always swim the same things all the time.
“Lily is another you can put in just about anywhere and she will race to the end,” continued Robinson. “She’s got a lot of talent and it’s really coming out these last few weeks.”
NorthWood continued its tradition of quality diving with its only two wins of the night. Laura Schrock won the girls side with six-dive series scoring 213.80 points while Cade Jenkins took the boys program with 233.10 points.
Wawasee moves to 3-1 on the NLC season, the Lady Warriors even up at 2-2. NorthWood falls to 0-3 in the NLC for both of its clubs. Wawasee will host Plymouth Thursday while NorthWood visits Northridge Saturday.