DUNLAP – Both Concord and NorthWood had plenty to celebrate Tuesday night.
Concord’s boys swim team celebrated its cap of the Northern Lakes Conference regular season championship in blowing out NorthWood. The Concord girls also rolled to prelude the coming weekend’s Northern Lakes Conference Championships. NorthWood, despite the lopsided losses, had a moment it can savor.
CONCORD BOYS 142, NORTHWOOD 44
Concord did its job and ran through NorthWoood, wrapping up a perfect 7-0 mark in the NLC round robin standings. The Minutemen will enter the NLC Championships at the end of the month with the edge on Warsaw, at 6-1, and Northridge, at 5-2, in the chase for the tournament championship.
The Minutemen mixed up its lineup and still had multiple event winners. Hayden Gill won both the 200 free (1:52.94) and breaststroke (1:10.42), Tommy Brunner took the individual medley (2:09.61) and backstroke (58.61), and Derek Angel won the 50 free (24.31) and 100 free (53.85). Concord swept seven events.
The buzz for NorthWood didn’t come from its swims, which it managed just four third-place times against the Minutemen, but from its diver Caden Jenkins. The senior craftsman broke the 300-point barrier for the first time in his career, setting a new NorthWood record in the process. His 302.85 broke the 35-year-old record of 294.5 held by Nate Kuhns, set at NorthWood in 1984. Jenkins would win the meet, beating Ethan Smith by 66.2 points, and was just short of the 2018 Concord pool mark by Minuteman Austin Leas, who posted a 317.70.
CONCORD GIRLS 139, NORTHWOOD 47
Concord didn’t have any trouble collecting its sixth NLC win, using seven different event winners to overwhelm the Panthers.
Tess Lietzan led Concord with wins in the 50 (27.21) and butterfly (1:03.53), and a host of others were single winners. Among the winners included Brooke Farnham in diving (268.00), Gabby Sponseller in the IM (2:19.79) and Audrey Lantz in the 500 (5:24.26). The Lady Minutemen swept seven events.
NorthWood got its only lane win in the breaststroke, in what was the closest swim of any the entire night. Elle Roberts was able to get the touch on the pad four-one-hundredths faster than Ella Lantz at 1:15.94.
Both girls teams will head to Northridge Thursday for the NLC Championship prelims. The finals are set for Saturday, also at the house Joe Keller built.