The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 26, 2014

Mustangs sweep WRC swim titles

The Commercial-News

---- — WEST LEBANON, Ind. – Fountain Central won both team titles at the Wabash River Conference championship. The Mustangs won the girls’ side with 123 points to 100 for second-place Seeger. They also edged the Patriots 87-79 for the boys’ title.

Fountain Central had one double individual titlist in Clare McGrady in the 100 free and 100 breast. Attica had one in Kylan Freeland in the 100 free and 100 back.

Seeger had two with Becca Haussin taking the 50 free and 100 fly while Isaac Hunter won the 200 IM and 100 breast.

Going into the meet, Fountain Central was favored on paper to win the girls’ side with Seeger looking to take the title on the boys’ side.

However, the Patriots were without a couple of male swimmers and the remaining boys could not scrape together enough points to get the win.

“Missing them had an effect on our relay depth,” said Shaleye Furr, the Seeger coach, “but this meet was a good lead into sectionals. We had personal bests from several of our swimmers and are excited to look ahead.”

Fountain Central coach J. D. Taggert said he was pleased, but not really surprised by taking both championships.

“When I looked at the results from the prelims, I thought we had a chance, but we had to swim well,” he said. “All the kids did a good job today – did what they were supposed to do – and we won.”

Taggert says his team, too, is looking forward to sectionals.

“We’re getting ready, dropping times,” he explained, “which is exactly what we need to do to get ready for that meet.”

Attica took third in both team title contests. The girls picked up 54 points while the boys were five back of Seeger with 74.

That result prompted Rambler coach Dale Peterson to mutter, “Oh, so close” as he realized just how narrow the margin actually was – just a place or two in any event.

He said he was happy with the way his swimmers performed adding that got the wins he expected. They were the double by Freeland, Zoe Jordan in the 100 back and the 200 free relay.

North Vermillion coach Elizabeth Claghorn saw her team finish fourth in both team events, but the WRC meet for her squad was not about winning but rather about getting better.

“We’re a really young team and we’re just looking for some improvement,” she said. “We had a lot of personal bests today which is what we wanted. We’re building and looking forward to next year.”

Rounding out the competitors was Glory Forrest of Rockville, the lone competitor for her school. She won the 1-meter diving title to earn seven points for the Rox.

Greg Flint is a freelance writer/photographer for the Commercial-News. He can be reached at