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Bulldogs swim past Panthers

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SO CLOSE: Clinton Central sophomore Erik McCarty looks back one more time at the scoreboard on Monday after realizing he just missed a school record in the 100 freestyle by .05 seconds.
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OFF THE BLOCK: Clinton Central’s Aidan Hendrickson leaves the blocks on his way to winning the 200 individual medley during Monday’s meet at Elwood.
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SPORTSMANSHIP: Elwood and Clinton Central 400-freestyle relay swimmers root on the Elwood team after Clinton Central won the event on Monday as Clinton Central’s boys team waits for their event to start in the background.
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BREASTSTROKE: Clinton Central’s Isabell Hendrickson won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:16.28 during Monday’s meet at Elwood.

BY ANDREW KRULL - akrull@ftimes.com

Clinton Central sophomore Erik McCarty thought for a few seconds that he had set another school record during Saturday’s dual swimming meet at Elwood, but it turned out to be a matter of miscommunication as he barely missed the 100-yard freestyle record.

“The seconds at the end is what she (a teammate) looked at and its the 100 free and the 200 free, which is at 1:49.30, and the 100 free is at 49.21,” Bulldogs coach Wyndi Hall said.

McCarty finished in 49.26.

“He was .05 off of it, yes,” Hall said. “He’ll get it. He’ll get it.”

McCarty already broke the school’s 100-butterfly record earlier this season. Actually, he broke it twice as he later broke the new standard he set.

His near record was the biggest excitement in a meet the boys and girls won fairly easily (147-30 for the boys and 120-45 for the girls) against an Elwood team that is currently struggling with numbers in the sport. As in a few past meets, Hall used it to shake up the lineup and even out the strength between first and second relay teams.

“It’s to get our boys (competition) between each other,” she said, noting doing so in “quite a few” events.

“We mixed things around so some of our other boys have a chance to make placements,” Hall added, noting the lineup will look different for sectional or conference.

Overall, she is pleased with how the teams have progressed this season.

“They’re doing wonderfully,” Hall said. “The boys are now 11-0, and the girls are 8-4.

“We have Tipton Wednesday. They have beat us (in recent seasons), but Western beat them and Northwestern beat them and we (the boys team) beat Northwestern. So, we can hopefully be in contention.”

Both the boys and the girls swept all three relays during Monday’s meet.

Boys relay winners included Aidan Hendrickson, Owen Smith, Colton Payne and Blake Mosbaugh in the 200 medley in 1:55; Hendrickson, Mosbaugh, Boone and McCarty in the 200 free in 1:39.53; and Wreese Sheets, Payne, John Dunn and McCarty in the 400 free in 3:54.07.

For the girls’ relays, Kailie Burnette, Isabelle Hendrickson, Mollie McDaniel and Brogan Sheets won the 200 medley in 2:06.52; McDaniel, Kylie Gilmore, Carly Ellis and Hendrickson the 200 free in 2:01.18; and Burnette, Grace Atkisson, Gilmore and Sheets the 400 free in 4:29.50.

Along with McCarty in the 100 free, individual winners for the boys were Dunn in the 200 free (2:12), Aidan Hendrickson (200 IM in 2:17.02), McCarty (50 free in 23.13), Tyler Ray (score of 183.6 in 1-meter diving), Payne (100 butterfly in 58.47 and 100 backstroke in 1:06.50), Dunn (500 free in 5:43.65) and Smith (100 breaststroke in 1:15.75).

For the girls, winners included Gilmore (200 free in 2:31.18), Isabelle Hendrickson (200 IM in 2:27.53 and 100 breaststroke in 1:16.28), Sheets (50 free in 26.10 and 100 free in 59.47) and Burnette (100 butterfly in 1:20.53 and 100 backstroke in 1:12.34).

Other high finishers for the boys included Boone (second in the 200 free and 100 breaststroke), Smith (second in the 200 IM), Mosbaugh (second in the 50 free and 100 free), Aidan Hendrickson (second in the 100 butterfly), Austin Wells (second in the 100 backstroke and third in the 100 butterfly), Kade Perlee (third in the 100 backstroke), Ray (third in the 100 breaststroke), August Haynes (fourth in the 200 IM), Cain Martin (fourth in the 200 free), Sheets (second in the 500 free and fourth in the 50 free), Caleb Wilson (second in 1-meter diving) and Jaylen Shelley (third in 1-meter diving and fourth in the 500 free).

For the girls, other top finishers were Reagan Kimmell (third in the 200 free), Ellis (second in the 200 IM and 500 free), Atkisson (second in the 50 free and 100 backstroke), McDaniel (second in the 100 butterfly), Ally Webster (second in 1-meter diving), Bailey Deardorff (second in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 200 IM), Webster (third in the 100 backstroke) and Charlotte Hodemacher (fourth in the 100 free)

Tonight’s meet with Tipton is at Clinton Central starting at 6 p.m.