NORTHRIDGE GIRLS 149, WARSAW 37
WARSAW BOYS 95, NORTHRIDGE 81
The Northridge girls were nearly perfect while Warsaw claimed a very rare win against the Raiders in Middlebury.
Northridge won all 12 of the girls events, and swept 10 of them. Warsaw managed just two third-place swims against the Lady Raiders, Taylor Gunter going 1:08.51 in the backstroke and Macelyn Marcuccilli timing 1:19.29 in the breaststroke. Northridge claimed first through third in the remaining 10 events. Northridge did its damage without the services of state champion Elsa Fretz, who was not active Thursday night.
In the boys ledger, Warsaw beat Northridge for the first time in over 20 years by using depth to its advantage. Northridge won 10 of the 12 events, but Warsaw swept the medley relay, had the only diver working and took second in every event and third in eight to pile up enough points to best the Raiders.
Warsaw’s wins came from its medley team of Nate Taylor, Nick Bazzoni, Grant Knight and Michael Ray, posting a 1:44.94, and from Rodriguez in diving at 115.75.
Races of note in the boys competition included the 50 free, where Joey Garberick posted a 21.97 to Michael Ray’s 22.87 and Tiger Jacob Monesmith close behind in third. Ray and Monesmith both were chasing Tristan Bratt in the 100, Bratt going 50.62 to Ray’s 50.86. In likely a NLC finals preview, Garberick beat Grant Knight straight up 58.27-1:00.06.
MACONAQUAH GIRLS 137, TIPPECANOE VALLEY 48
MACONAQUAH BOYS 123, TIPPECANOE VALLEY 54
Maconaquah made an early statement about its intentions to win the Three Rivers Conference title with a pair of big wins at Valley.
Valley won just a combined five of 24 total events against the Braves, and just one on the girls side. Olivia Livengood had the one female win, a 1:07.73 in the butterfly.
Mason Stephen had a pair of boys wins for the Vikes, a 53.43 in the 100 free and 1:09.18 in the breaststroke. Brandon Hoffman won the backstroke at 1:04.94 and the two, plus Karl Parker and Andrew Burke, teamed to win the 200 free relay at 1:40.39.
Among the close finishes included Hoffman’s 23.82 in the 50 free, just shy of Bryan Teegardin’s 23.75, and in girls diving, Brooke Borden held off Elaina Dishon by a point-and-a-half at 171.55.