The Pioneer swim teams hosted North Judson and South Newton on Tuesday night.

The Pioneer girls recorded 72 points to defeat North Judson (53) and South Newton (45).

Emily Chan was a quadruple winner for the Panthers. Individually, she won the 200-yard IM (2:44.21) and 100 backstroke (1:16.38).

Chloe Chan won the 100 breaststroke (1:18.03). Mackenzie Robinson was first in the 100 butterfly (1:21.9). Grace Ulrich won the diving competition with a 137.4.

Emily Chan, Chloe Chan, Robinson and Anna Shewalter teamed to win the 200 medley relay (2:16.3). Esther McKaig, Emily Chan, Chloe Chan and Shewalter won the 200 free relay (2:02.15).

The Pioneer boys were edged by North Judson 73-69. South Newton had 28 points.

Joseph Mersch won the 50 free (:23.56) for the Panthers. Owen Miller was first in the 100 fly (1:16.9).

Ryan Adams, Ryan Logan, Brayden Geltiz and Mersch combined to win the 200 free relay (1:46.1). Logan, Miller, Keegan Stewart and Mersch won the 400 free relay (4:05.0).

“They swam their hearts out,” Pioneer coach Lacie Allison said. “We had a couple of kids PR in every event they swam. Owen Miller PR’d in the fly by 2 whole seconds.”

Allison is in her first year as the Panthers’ coach. She takes over for Kim Schroder, who stepped down after her youngest graduated last year.

The Panthers have good numbers this year with 20 girls and 11 boys on the team.

“The girls have won every meet other than their meet with Culver Academies,” Allison said. “Our boys, this is just their second meet because of COVID. They won their first meet by double the amount of points.”

Allison, 25, is a South Newton grad. She said she had just six teammates on her high school team, so it’s nice to have a team of 31 swimmers.

She added her 1-year-old daughter, Freya, also attends practice sometimes.

Allison is in her first year as a chemistry teacher at PHS. She was a teacher at West Central for two years prior. She has also worked at Rose Acre Farms.

The Panthers have a young 25-year-old coach.

“If you ask my swimmers though, that’s ancient,” she said with a laugh.

It’s been a trial by fire.

“We’ve played a few rounds of sharks and minnows over the last few weeks and I didn’t think I would have to put in the rule you cannot grab your siblings by the hair and pull them out of the water,” she said. “I’ve learned to be very explicit in my directions.”

The Panthers travel to Maconaquah tonight. The HNAC meet is Jan. 30. The girls sectional begins Feb. 4, with the boys sectional scheduled two weeks later.

“I think all of them have a goal to make it past sectional preliminaries,” Allison said. “Joseph Mersch is 1.5 seconds off the school record in the 50 free.”


CASS 61, N. MIAMI 34

The Lady Kings were hot from the field in their victory over the Lady Warriors in Walton.

From the tip, the Kings found ways to score hitting eight 3-pointers, scoring 22 points from the lane and going 15 of 20 from the charity stripe.

Kendal Johnson led all scorers with 20 points. Kyla Mennen was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line as she had 19 points. Paxtyn Hicks scored eight and Kyndal Silcox and Elly Logan added four each.

The Lady Kings (3-10) travel to Western on Friday.

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