Ladies’ swim score: TVHS 49; RHS 119
Men’s swim score: TVHS 51; RHS 111
The Tippecanoe Valley Vikings fell to the Rochester Zebras Tuesday night, but not due to talent. The Vikings rallied many times throughout the meet but just couldn’t compete with the number of swimmers Rochester had.
Great first place swim from the Men’s 200yd Medley Relay with a time of 2:00.08, and consisted of Brandon Hoffman, Mason Stephen, Dakota Prater, and Mitchell Smith. Brandon Hoffman also couldn’t be beat in the 200yd IM with a winning time of 2:22.15. He continued his winning streak with an over five second lead and first place in the 100yd Backstroke (1:04.06). Senior and Captain Dakota Prater dominated the 50yd Freestyle (25.11), also with a strong finish from Ethan Perkins (35.32). Mason Stephen was barely eked out of a win in the 100yd Breaststroke, but still an outstanding time of 1:12.00. Not far behind was Grady McGriff with a solid finish of 1:26.93. A tough loss for our Viking men, but incredible performances from each swimmer.
For the Lady Vikings, Captain Olivia Livengood annihilated the competition for a first place finish in the 200yd IM with a time of 2:37.09. Mayde Fear rocked the Zebras with 2nd place finishes in both the 50yd Freestyle (28.80), and the 100yd Backstroke (1:16.24), again proving her versatility as a talented swimmer. Nicole Ziemek showed her endurance with solid finishes in 200yd Freestyle (2:55.02), and the 500yd Freestyle (8:09.29). Elaina Dishon continued to amaze the fans with her ability to first win the 1M Diving (164.50points), and then switch to a swimming force to be reckoned with by taking 2nd in the 100yd Freestyle (1:07.35). Maddie Woodward made waves in the 100yd Backstroke (1:35.77), and the 50yd Freestyle sprint (35.66). Jerzey Conley continued as the relay pro in the 200yd Medley Relay & 200yd Freestyle Relay. The outstanding performance of the evening though came from Senior Sabrina Stumm. Sabrina pushed herself to complete her first ever grueling 100yd Butterfly (2:11.56), and then with one event in between to catch her breath, she put the effort and heart of a champion into the 100yd Freestyle (1:37.91). The Lady Vikings score may show a loss, but these hardworking and dedicated swimmers keep getting faster, and have what it takes to end up victorious.