By Andrew Crum
AVON — The Avon Orioles boys’ and girls’ swim teams were both dominated on Tuesday night, as both squads defeated Hoosier Crossroads Conference and county rival Brownsburg. The Avon boys won 124–62 and the girls prevailed 128–57.
Sophomore Ana Walters and junior Lauren Campbell led the Orioles, both winning two events and were a part of the same winning relay teams. Walters won the 200 IM and 100 backstroke, while Campbell won both the 50 and 100 freestyle events. They both helped their relay teams win two more events on the night (200 medley and 400 freestyle relays).
Avon freshman Hallie Jones won the 200 freestyle and was a part of two winning relay teams (200 and 400 freestyle). Senior Elizabeth Kitching, won the 500 free and was a part of the same two winning relay teams as Jones.
Orioles senior Liz Wishart won the 100 breaststroke and was also a part of two winning relay teams (200 medley and 200 free).
Other winners for Avon were senior Melissa Moore (1-meter diving with a score of 195.80) and senior Maddie Ketchem (100 fly).
Despite the strong showing from the Orioles, Brownsburg coach Joshua Saylor was encouraged with his team’s effort.
“We are young, only four or five seniors, but they have vastly improved from last season,” he said. “We have greater depth and experience this year, and I was pleased with the way they swam tonight.”
On the other side of the deck, Avon coach Jon Karr was very pleased with some of his other swimmers stepping up tonight.
“We have a good solid group of girls, some of our two’s and three’s had some great swims tonight. Especially pleased with Maddie Lodics and Kelsie Mothersead, they just keep improving every time they jump in the pool,” he said. “We are really doing well, we’re improving and it has been fun to watch.”
The Avon boys also overwhelmed the Bulldogs as they set a school record in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:39.02.
A pair of sophomores led the Orioles. Parks Jones — won both the 100 and 200 free — was a part of two winning relay teams (200 and 400 free) along with Grant Lewis, who won both 200 IM and the 100 fly, and was also a part of two winning relay teams (200 medley and 400 free).
Avon junior Zack Czerwonky won the 50 free and was a part of two winning relay teams (200 and 400 free).
Orioles junior Greg Sprout and senior Matt Stowe were both a part of two winning relay teams; Sprout with the relay teams for the 200 medley and 400 free and Stowe with the 200 medley and 200 free teams.
Avon swimmers also winning included freshman DaeQuan Quinn (1-meter diving, score of 195.05), freshman Westin Fink (500 free) and junior Christian Lorenz (100 breast).
“We are performing really well, better than we ever have at this time of year. Which is nice,” Karr said. “We have solid group of kids that have worked very hard all summer and fall. They believe in each other and the team, because of that we are swimming very well.”
Brownsburg’s lone victory on the night came from freshman Joe Myhre (100 backstroke).
Despite only one win on the evening, Saylor is confident in his team.
“We took a step forward in maturity, team spirit and togetherness. Last week we got a big win (against Zionsville), but we didn’t get back to that level against Avon,” he said. “We are very young, but that validates last week’s win for us and we are poised to do some big things.”