South swimmers crush Cougars at Councilman Classic


South’s seniors (L-R: Caitlin Betar, Emily Long, Nicole Perry, Julia Wolf, Elijah Earle, Max Grogg, Creighton King, Luke Lobring, Wyeth Michealsen, and Wesley Webb) are honored during the meet. Both the boys and girls defeated North by large margins, and placed first in every event.

Calvin Prenkert, Staff Writer/Photographer

The South swim and dive team showed up and showed out against crosstown rival, North, this weekend.

This was the 18th annual Counsilman Classic, a North-South meet held at the Royer Indoor Pool inside the Indiana University school of Public Health. Both South boys and girls placed first in every single event, keeping the Cougars behind them from start to finish.

The South girls claimed their 12th straight win over North, 129-57, even with IU recruit and senior Mackenzie Looze out due to illness. Fellow IU recruit and senior Julia Wolf stepped up to lead the charge, breaking the 100 freestyle meet record previously held by 2017-graduate Celina German, and winning the 50 freestyle.

Other winners included juniors Phoebe Rensink (100 fly, 200 free) and Annie Levy (200 breast), sophomore Caitlin Lecthi-Hawkins (1-meter dive), and freshmen Gillian Boggs (200 IM, 100 back) and Lauren Anders (500 free)

The South boys continued this dominance, with several seniors winning big to secure the 125-55 win. Seniors Wyeth Michealsen (100 back), Wesley Webb (50 free, 100 fly), Max Grogg (100 free, 200 free), Elijah Earle (1-meter dive), and Luke Lobring (500 free) all took home wins. The seniors were joined by juniors Gavin Loucks (100 breast) and Paul Gabhart (200 IM).

“The win (in the 100 backstroke) itself wasn’t that important to me. It’s enjoyment and team spirit that both North and South bring,” Michealsen said. “I think so many senior wins demonstrates our ability to continue improving every year and finally get atop the ladder.”