INDIAN HILL – Though they had three league champions, Indian Hill High School’s girls swim team finished third at the Cincinnati Hills League meet Feb. 7, just a few points behind surprising Wyoming and Mariemont. The Lady Warriors won for the third time in the last four years.
“They have more numbers than we do,” coach Emily Hardy said of Wyoming and Mariemont. “We scored as many as we possibly could I think. We can only put so many in each event.”
Hardy saw juniors Devin Landstra and Elizabeth Drerup take individual titles. Landstra won the 500 freestyle, with Drerup taking the 100 free. The pair teamed up with senior Grace Stimson and junior Avery Pearson to win the 200 medley relay.
“We had some really good swims out of people,” Hardy said.
Landstra also added a second in the 100 butterfly and Drerup was second in the 100 backstroke. Stimson was runner-up in the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley and the trio teamed with Pearson again for a second in the 200 freestyle relay.
“Avery (Pearson) has really come around this year,” Hardy said. “We were searching for a fourth person for relays and she’s really looking strong for that spot.”
Junior Bridget Pavlick was fourth in the 500 freestyle and was on the fourth-place 400 free relay with sophomore Mary Kate Jutze, sophomore Haley Magenheim and freshman Kate Lewis.
In the Division II sectional Feb. 14, Landstra and Drerup moved on to the district meet in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke with Magenheim making it in the 50 and 100 free. Pearson, Pavlick and Lewis advanced in the 200 and 500 free. Senior Stimson swam ahead in the 100 breast and 200 IM, with Mary Kate Jutze also making it in the medley. All three Lady Braves relays advanced.
Of her group, Hardy thinks a few can move on to Canton and the state meet.
“We had five go last year,” she said. “Grace, Devin, Lizzy and Bridget made it and Avery went up on a relay. It kind of depends on how well they taper. I don’t see any reason why all five wouldn’t make the trip again.”
In diving, senior Kara Korengel was second in the CHL and third in the Division II sectional Feb. 9. Freshman Maggie Anning also advanced to the district meet Feb. 16.
Indian Hill’s boys had one CHL champion in senior Sam Vester, who won the 50 freestyle and was second in the 100 free.
“Sam (Vester) is overall our fastest swimmer,” Hardy said. “He’s pretty versatile, but he’s pretty much a sprint freestyler.”
Vester has not decided on college plans, but Jack Dowling will attend Middlebury where his older brother, Will, attends. Grace Stimson from the girls team will join the group at the college in Vermont.
Senior Jack Dowling added a third-place 100 butterfly CHL finish and freshman Max Elhausen was second in the 100 backstroke and third in the 100 backstroke. Freshman Sam Okum added a third in the 100 breaststroke.
At the Division II sectional meet Feb. 13, Vester moved on to district action in the 50 and 100 freestyle. Jack Dowling and Elhausen will continue in the 200 and 500 freestyle along with Nick Saba. Joe Dowling qualified in the 100 backstroke, with Okum and Joe Sheard making it in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM. Kyle Goold advanced in the 100 butterfly.
All three Braves relays moved to the district pool along with freshman diver Noah Vigran who took second.