TIGERS, WARRIORS LOAD UP ON NLC SWIM TITLES
Ink Free News / Sports on Saturday, January 30, 2021
By Mike Deak
MIDDLEBURY – It was a banner day of sorts for both Warsaw and Wawasee at Saturday’s final round of the Northern Lakes Conference Boys Swim Championships.
Warsaw won five event titles and Wawasee another two among the 11 events run Saturday afternoon at the Northridge Natatorium.
Warsaw won both the medley and 200 free relays, the work of Cooper Archer, Nate Taylor, Ian Wihebrink and Michael Ray sailing to a 1:40.59 winner to hold off Northridge in the medley. The Tigers then came back with Archer, Wihebrink, Ray and Gabe Bowers to swim to a 1:31.17 in the sprint relay to edge Concord at the wall.
Ray would have himself a monster afternoon, also adding titles in the 50 free (22.14) and the 100 free (48.57). Wihebrink also won an exciting finish in the breaststroke, earning his first NLC title with a 1:00.36 to hold off Northridge’s Tristan Bratt by a half stroke.
The Warriors pulled a pair of titles, both involving Nathan Kryder, who led the apex in the butterfly to a title at 54.77. Kryder would join Blake Roose, Nathan Harper and Joshua Metcalf to post a blistering 3:22.43, besting runner-up Concord by a half second.
The highlights for the two Kosciusko County programs had the Warriors finish second in the team standings with 318 points and the Tigers at 305. Splitting the two was Goshen at 306, and led by Concord at 375, which won its third straight NLC team title.
Concord, which had Ethan Smith win diving Friday night, had 16 swims in the championship round but just one champion, that coming from Tommy Brunner in the 200 free, posting a 1:47.50.
Luke Dibley pulled a double for Northridge, winning the 500 free (4:45.79) and backstroke (53.10), and Bratt would pull out the individual medley title at 1:58.94.