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Cougars swimmers have mixed results in home opener against Southmont

Thursday, November 29, 2012

North Putnam swimmer Elizabeth Alford swims the butterfly leg of the 200 individual medley on Tuesday. Alford won the event but the girls fell to Southmont.
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The North Putnam boys' and girls' swimming and diving teams hosted their first home meets of the season against Southmont on Tuesday, with the guys winning 118-42.

The girls fought hard in a 122-38 loss.

NPHS head coach Tony Gray said he is proud of the effort and guts shown by all the swimmers.

"We are facing some early-season adversity with illness, surgeries and hospitalizations leading to three girls and four boys being out," Gray said. "The adversity has forced our younger swimmers into more prominent roles, which will help us in the future."

Gray said the young swimmers have impressed him early.

"I'm proud of our six freshman boys and three freshman girls," he said. "They are growing up quick and scoring important points for the team.

Every swimmer who participated for the Cougars set at least one personal record on Tuesday.

The girls were led by Elizabeth Alford, who picked up wins in the 200 individual medley and 100 free.

Leading the boys team were Joe Lehr (wins in the 100 free and 100 back), Trevor Troyer (wins in the 200 IM and 100 fly) and Nick Kaufman (wins in diving and 50 free).

The boys team also swept the relay events, helped by members Lehr, Troyer, Sean Hinners, Nick Ballard, Jonah Creamean and Baily Allen.

The Cougars return to action Saturday at Edgewood High School.

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