Mariam Khamis finished five points shy of setting Richmond High School’s six-dive record Tuesday against Muncie Central.
“Hopefully next time,” the two-time state qualifier said following Tuesday’s meet against the Bearcats.
Tuesday’s meet was all about building for Richmond.
The swimming and diving teams fell to North Central Conference foe Muncie Central at Tiano Pool, but both took lessons on what needs to improve before the Jan. 11 NCC meet.
Muncie Central’s boys beat Richmond 104-81, while the Bearcat girls won 137-47.
Khamis won the girls’ diving event with a score of 281.25.
The junior finished sixth at the state meet as a sophomore and 10th as a freshman.
“So far this season’s been really good,” Khamis said. “As a team, we’ve lost a lot of key members who graduated last year, and we’re a fresh team with a bunch of freshmen and old JV swimmers, so … it’s a building year.
“As far as me personally, I’m definitely glad that I’m not starting from scratch like in the past and I can keep building off where I was. And I’m really hoping to see another win at NCC this year, but I’m just going to have to play it how it goes.”
Khamis helped Richmond’s girls edge Muncie Central to win last year’s NCC tournament, though they lost 12 graduates.
On Tuesday, senior Nina McLarnan won the 500-yard freestyle for the girls, while on the boys side, Jeremiah Waltz won the diving event, while the Red Devil team of Chase Philman, Shannon Boyd, Sam Rutledge and Matt Holt took the 400 freestyle relay.
“We’ve been dropping a lot of time. It’s not really about if you win these events, it’s more about dropping time, and I thought we all did pretty well,” Rutledge said.
” … It’s just getting a feel with who we’re up against, what events we want to put certain people in, if we want to go for the 400 free relay, or the 200 free relay. It’s more of just figuring out how good they’re adjusting because our B and C relays are really important to us this year and they are going to be what win the NCC and sectionals if we do do it.”
Rutledge also helped John Holthouse, Boyd and Holt to a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay and Phillman, Trenton Chavis, Jordan Miller and Geno Pieroni were second in the 200 free relay.
Holt was second in the 200 and the 500 freestyles, Philman in the 50 and the 100, Boyd in the butterfly, Rutledge in the backstroke and Holthouse in the breaststroke.
“We have some room to go,” first-year Richmond coach Brian Turner said. “We have a 23-point difference that we have to make up by Jan. 11, and I think we can do it. We’re on the right track. It’s just every loose ball is going the other team’s way, that sort of thing, but there’s no excuses, no explanations. We’ve got to get better.
” … Our twos and threes for the boys are doing very well. Our A’s are getting better and that’s how you’re going to win meets. … We’re starting to shake down the lineups, get the best combinations.”