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  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015 4:47 PM
    With winter sports over and spring sports on the way, it is once again time to determine the county's ultimate swim team.

    All of the county coaches were given the opportunity to nominate any potential candidates.

    Here is what they determined:

    Representing Crawfordsville are Katelyn Dixon, Kaylee McCandless, Zoe Harp and Jayde Miller. Dixon won the 200-yard Individual Medley at the county championships in December with a time of 2:32.65.

    McCandless took second in the 50-yard Free with a time of 28.4 at the county meet, coming in less than a second back from first. Harp placed second as well in the 500-yard Free with a time of 6:34.51. Miller earned the highest score for the Athenians as a diver at the county meet with a score of 174.45.

    For North Montgomery, representatives are Ashlynn Bennett, Lillia Mitchell, Lauren Odle and Anna Cotrell.

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  • Diving Charger receives top honors
    Tuesday, March 17, 2015 4:35 PM
    North Montgomery senior Ashlynn Bennett is this year's official Montgomery County Diver of the Year.

    Each of the county coaches nominated who they thought the best potential candidates were for the honor. Bennett came out on top of a narrow margin due to ample local talent.

    Though a bright future awaits, Bennett took a moment to reflect on her time at North Montgomery.

    "It's definitely been a learning experience, but I've enjoyed meeting a bunch of new friends and doing it at the same time with my old friends," Bennett said. "I want to thank my coaches for putting up with me for seven years and never giving up or putting too much pressure on me."

    John Walker is the head coach for the Charger girls. He said it has been a privilege to watch Bennett grow but gives all of the coaching credit to diving coach Alvin O'Neil.

    "He worked closely with Bennett for four years," Walker said. "This year he got a new job and had to quit, but the conditions of his job changed and he was able to come back. That was perfect because we love our coach - he's been spectacular for North.

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  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015 8:06 PM
    Joining the Montgomery County Swimmer of the Year, Javan Barton, on the All-County swim / dive team from North Montgomery are Luke Spencer, Jeffrey Miller, Gus Maxwell and diver Austin Odom-Whitlock. Spencer, Miller, Maxwell and Barton made up the relay team that advanced to state. Odom-Whitlock made it to the diving regional. Additionally, Spencer won the 200 IM at county and Maxwell won the 100 fly.
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  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015 8:05 PM
    LINDEN - With basketball grabbing most of the area's headlines, it may be easy for one to overlook an accomplished high school swimmer.

    Not in Montgomery County.

    The 2015 Swimmer of the Year award goes to North Montgomery's Javan Barton, a senior and Academic All-American who plans to attend Indiana University this fall.

    When asked to summarize his season and what it meant to him, Barton began his response with "oh boy."

    "I was just really proud to be part of such a great team, we accomplished a lot" Barton said. "It's definitely been a bitter-sweet experience, now that it's my last year, but I think it was a great run and I'm really happy with the way it turned out."
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  • Sunday, March 1, 2015 2:26 PM
    INDIANAPOLIS - The swim season came to an end on Friday night at the state prelims at IUPUI.

    Crawfordsville's Thomas Fairfield qualified for state in the 100-yard breaststroke. He finished Friday with the 32nd best time, 1:03.15. He is a junior.

    The North Montgomery relay ream of Luke Spencer, Gus Maxwell, Jeffrey Miller and Javan Barton finished 28th in the 200-yard freestyle relay. They dropped more than a second off of their seed time, finishing in 1:30.36.
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  • Athenians nab team crown
    Sunday, February 22, 2015 7:53 PM
    The excitement was palpable Saturday at the Crawfordsville Aquatic Center. The host Athenians were capturing the sectional swimming title and with each event it became more and more of a sure thing.

    Crawfordsville ended up swimming away with the meet, gathering 401 points, greatly out-distancing second-place Western Boone (307) and third-place Twin Lakes (302.
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  • Thursday, February 19, 2015 7:06 PM
    The preliminary swims are complete and the sectional finals are set. All three Montgomery County boys' swimming teams saw action Thursday at Crawfordsville as the fields were determined for Saturday's finals.

    Crawfordsville earned the most swims in the finals for county schools with 19. North Montgomery will have 11 swims in the finals and Southmont earned eight.
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  • Chargers make splash in finale
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 6:18 PM
    LINDEN - The North Montgomery boys' swimming team closed its regular season with a win in a triangle meet over Fountain Central and North Vermillion. The Chargers tallied 153 points to beat the Mustangs (108) and Falcons (37).

    Gus Maxwell was a double winner for the Chargers. He took first in the 200 yard freestyle (2:00.03) and the 100 yard fly (59.90). Nick Maxwell touched first in the 200 IM (2:33.03), as did Luke Spencer in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:05.89).
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  • Tuesday, February 10, 2015 8:25 PM
    BROWNSBURG -- North Montgomery's Ashlynn Bennett finished 13th and was just five points away from making the finals at Tuesday's diving regional at Brownsburg. Bennett entered as the section champion and scored 236.55 in the six dives she partook in Tuesday.

    Fellow Charger Tori Gwynn was 18th with 188.75 points and Crawfordsville's Jayde Miller was 16th with 197.35 points.
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  • Wickholm headed to state following swimming sectional
    Sunday, February 8, 2015 6:21 PM
    When the waves settled at the Crawfordsville Aquatic Center, there was one Montgomery County swimmer heading to state - Maddi Wickholm from Southmont.

    Wickholm won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:03.88 to earn a spot at this weekend's state finals.

    Three divers also advanced from Montgomery County. North Montgomery's Ashlynn Bennett was the sectional champion with a score of 337.95. Crawfordsville freshman Jayde Miller took third with 307.90 and North Montgomery's Victoria Gwynn was fourth with 305.35. Those divers will head to Brownsburg Tuesday for the regional.

    Fountain Central was the team champion, with 374 points. North Montgomery was fourth (235), Crawfordsville was sixth (212) and Southmont was eighth with 133.
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  • County swimmers kick off postseason
    Thursday, February 5, 2015 6:26 PM
    The postseason is underway for area girls' swimmers. North Montgomery, Crawfordsville and Southmont all participated in the IHSAA sectional swimming prelims Thursday at the Crawfordsville High School Aquatic Center.

    The North Montgomery girls earned the most swims in the sectional finals of any county school with 10. Crawfordsville will swim 8 times in the championship rounds of Saturday's sectional and Southmont earned five spots.

    Lauren Odle had one of the best nights of anyone. The Charger tanker enters as the top seed in the 100 yard backstroke and the second seed in the 100 yard freestyle. She also helped the Chargers into the finals of the 200 medley relay. Anna Cottrell will join Odle in the 100 free. Lillia Mitchell will also swim twice on Saturday for the Chargers. She is the No. 3 seed in the 100 fly and the seventh seed in the 200 IM. Megan Merica will swim in the 500 free on Saturday as the sixth seed and in the 200 free as the fifth seed. The Chargers also earned spots in the 200 and 400 yard freestyle relays.

    Crawfordsville was led by Katelyn Dixon. She will swim in the finals Saturday of the 100 fly and the 200 IM. She's seeded sixth in both. Zoe Harp also earned two finals swims. She's seeded No. 4 in the 200 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. The Lady Athenians will also compete in the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay.

    Southmont's girls were led by Maddi Wickholm's first place finish in the prelims of the 200 free. She also qualified third in the 100 yard breaststroke. Taylor Hesler will swim as the seventh seed in the 100 back. The Mounties will also swim in the 200 and 400 yard free relays.

    Saturday will kick off with the diving prelims at 9 a.m. Swimming starts around 1 p.m.
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  • Thursday, January 29, 2015 4:48 PM
    The North Montgomery swim teams had victory tonight over Seeger.
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  • Monday, January 26, 2015 6:20 PM
    The North Montgomery boys swimming team split a triangle meet Monday. Greencastle won the meet with 109 points. North was second with 104, ahead of Danville's 78.

    Luke Spencer, Javan Barton, Austin Odom-Whitlock, Nick Maxwell, Gus Maxwell and Jeffrey Miller were winners for North.
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  • Sunday, January 25, 2015 4:46 PM
    The 20th Annual Crawfordsville Swimming and Diving Invitational was held Friday at Saturday at Crawfordsville High School. Westfield swept the event, winning the girls' portion with 674 points and the boys' portion with 790 points. McCutcheon was second on the girls' side with 518 points. North Montgomery was the top Montgomery County girls' team with 293 points, good for fifth place. The Crawfordsville girls were ninth with 163 and Southmont was 12th with 72.

    On the boys' side, Terre Haute South was second with 534 points. Crawfordsville was fourth at 364, ahead of North Montgomery's fifth place finish at 290. Southmont took 10th on the boys' side with 111 points.

    The competition in the water was stiff. The only county team to capture a first-place finish was the North Montgomery 200-yard medley relay team of Javan Barton, Luke Spencer, Gus Maxwell and Jeffrey Miller.

    Maxwell added a second-place individual finish with his time of 1:51.99 in the 200 free. Maxwell also touched third in the 100 fly (56.97).

    Crawfordsville's Thomas Fairfield also had a second-place finish. His came in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.91

    The diving board was a strong point for the county. North Montgomery's Ashlynn Bennett finished second in the girls' portion with a score of 337.20. Crawfordsville's Jayde Miller was fourth (284.45).

    For the male divers, Austin Whitlock took third for the Chargers (356.03), just ahead of Crawfordsville's Caleb Whicker (334.80).

    The swimmers will continue tuning up with various meets this week as the sectional is just a couple of weeks away.

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  • Thursday, January 22, 2015 8:02 PM
    The Southmont swim team had a competitive three-way meet Thursday with South Vermillion and Owen Valley. The Southmont boys won with a score of 139, ahead of South Vermillion's 122 and Owen Valley's 25.

    The South Vermillion girls won with 156 points to Southmont's 94 and Owen Valley's 46.

    For the Southmont girls, Maddi Wickholm won the 200 free and the 100 breaststroke. Nikki Wickholm won the 100 fly.

    On the boys' side, the relay team of Steven Cloncs, Keifer Lowe, Owen Zimmerman and Wyatt Waddell placed 1st in the 200 Medley Relay. Zimmerman placed 1st in the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 Fly. Waddell placed 1st in the 500 Free. Cloncs placed 1st in the 100 Backstroke. Lowe placed 1st in the 50 Free and the 100 Breaststroke.

    The Mounties swim again Saturday at the Crawfordsville Invitational. Full results can be found online at

    Chargers, Tigers split

    The North Montgomery swimming teams split with Lebanon Thursday night. The Lebanon girls won 123-62 while the Charger boys won 109-74.

    Winners for the North Montgomery girls include Lauren Odel, Lillia Mitchell, Megan Merica, Courtney Clark, Kaitlin Townsend and Ashlynn Bennett.

    Winners for the North Montgomery boys were Luke Spencer, Javan Barton, Nick Maxwell, Austin Whitlock, Gus Maxwell and Jeffrey Miller.

    The Chargers will swim again Saturday at the Crawfordsville Invitational. Individual results were not submitted.

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