Dover — The Western Boone swimming and diving teams got a good test for a Sagamore Conference foe Thursday evening.
The Tri-West Bruins may have won both halves of their dual meet, 93-89 in the girls and 113-59 in the boys, but Western Boone had a good showing for early in the year.
“This was actually one of our best meets, especially on the girls side,” Western Boone head coach Natalie Galvan said. “We lost by four, but we will be getting a couple kids back in another week or so, so that was promising. We had a hard practice this morning, and they responded well to this afternoon’s meet.”
Especially competing well when you are tired.
“I have been telling them all year that they really don’t know what pain and agony feel like,” Galvan said. “I told them that they needed to come out and race today, and they did.”
On the boys’ side, numbers were the issue, but the effort was what Galvan was looking for.
“I thought they did well,” Galvan said. “They were better than Tuesday (against Crawfordsville), it was just a numbers thing. We had some exciting races, so individually that will be good.”
While she wants them to do as well as they can as a team, Galvan said the focus should be working on what they can do to get best times individually.
“They know it is tough from a team standpoint,” Galvan said. “We talk about it each day. You have to have 12-15 swimmers to win a meet, and when you only have eight it is going to be hard.”
On the girls side, Western Boone got two wins from Regan Gubera and Micaela Stieber.
Gubera won diving with a score of 210.95, and was a part of the winning 200-yard medley relay with Stieber, Lauren Jones and Molly Himes in a time of 2:09.25. Stieber also won the 200-yard IM in 2:23.52.
“Micaela has had a nice start to the season,” Galvan said. “She swims with Carmel Swim Club and has a lot of experience. She has gone some best times already, so that is promising for me as a coach to see. She is not only a leader swimming wise, but it is a huge asset to have.”
Ella Jones was the other winner for the Stars, touching the wall first in the 50-yard freestyle in 27.64.
Western Boone got second-place finishes from the 200-yard medley relay team of Hannah Long, Erin Aliff, MaKenna Steimel and Nola Dickerson (2:21.87), Steimel in the 200-yard freestyle (2:28.38) and 100-yard freestyle (1:07.25), Emily Richardson in the 500-yard freestyle (7:12.30), the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Steimel, Lauren Jones, Dickerson and Stieber (1:54.25), Ella Jones in the 100-yard backstroke (1:13.66), Lauren Jones in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:16.12) and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Ella Jones, Dickerson, Himes and Lauren Jones (4:26.02).
“I feel like all of our girls stepped up tonight,” Galvan said. “Our seniors swam well, as did all the younger girls.”
They teamed with Josh Wright and Tyler Latham to win the 200-yard medley relay in 2:01.50. The same group placed second in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 4:02.54.
Individually, Wilhite won the 200-yard freestyle, going 1:59.91 with Wright placing second in 2:08.66. Wilhite also won the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:09.26.
Maurath won the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:13.17.
Wright placed second in the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:44.34.
Western Boone’s divers will go to the Western Invite Saturday, while the whole team will be back in action Monday at McCutcheon.
“We just need more racing experience,” Galvan said. “We are going to continue to push and work hard. December is a hard month, because in January you have the conference meet right after Christmas break and the sectional is close too. This is a big month for us to fine tune things, add more yards for endurance and things like that.”