Bedford North Lawrence Boys Swimming


SWIMMING: East splashes to sweep at BNL

BNL's Megan Orender cuts through the water while winning the 100 breaststroke on Thursday night.

BNL’s Megan Orender cuts through the water while winning the 100 breaststroke on Thursday night.

By Kyle Sokeland

After having several days of rest due to school cancellations, Bedford North Lawrence’s swimming and diving teams finally returned to action on Thursday night. Unfortunately the return ended on a sour note as both squads were swept by visiting Columbus East.

The boys were defeated 112-73, while the girls were dropped by a 113-72 count.

BNL vs. Columbus East results

BNL's Sarah Werley checks out the board after the 100 backstroke.

BNL’s Sarah Werley checks out the board after the 100 backstroke.

In the boys meet, BNL was victorious in three events. Senior Michael Tlustek won the 200 freestyle (1:59.95), junior Drew Baker claimed the 100 backstroke (1:06.07), while the team of Baker, Alex Manke, Colson Cummings and Garrett McLaughlin won the 200 medley relay (1:54.38).

Video: Stars make a splash against East

The Stars were victorious in four events in the girls meet. Sophomore Cheyenne White won the diving (130.00), senior Mollie Bond triumphed in the 100 freestyle (1:01.60), while seniors Sarah Werley won in the 100 backstroke (1:14.19) and Megan Orender prevailed in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.81).

“They hadn’t swam for three days until this morning, so while it’s beneficial in the immediate, it’s not in the long run,” said BNL coach Terry Tlustek. “I figured that we would have some good times because of that rest, so I was very pleased with some of the swims.”

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5 (not so serious) Questions: Aaron Embree

Aaron Embree

Aaron Embree

Bedford North Lawrence junior diver Aaron Embree was a state finalist last season.

Question 1: Should the ‘belly buster’ be one of the required dives in competition?

Embree: I don’t know about required, but people should definitely do it. It should be a training thing, to get used to smacking the water. Everybody smacks.

Question 2: How much water do you think you have swallowed since you started diving?

Embree: Oh man. I don’t know how many gallons. I don’t think I can count that high. A lot.

Question 3: Since you haven’t seen the Rodney Dangerfield movie “Back to School” and don’t know about the Triple Lindy dive, what is your favorite dive?

Embree: It’s the front 1-and-a-half. I’ve done it way too many times because I’m too scared to do anything else. Once you get past two flips, you lose track of the water in the air and that’s when you start smacking.

Question 4: How close have you come to hitting the board on the way down?

Embree: I’ve hit the board, from the waist up actually. And it was a very painful experience. I made sure I didn’t do it again.

Question 5: No one is allowed to talk or scream during the diving. Is it too quiet?

Embree: No, I like having it quiet like that. I don’t like noise when I’m diving.


SWIMMING: BNL at Jasper results

Bedford North Lawrence dropped a pair of decisions to Jeffersonville and Jasper during Saturday’s double-dual meet at Jasper.

BNL results

Jeffersonville won the boys meet 140-15 and the girls meet 137-43. Jasper topped the Stars 120-66 in the boys meet and 131-44 in the girls. The meets were conducted simultaneously.

BNL’s Aaron Embree won the diving with a score of 348.60.



SWIMMING: BNL at Jennings County

 Mollie Bond

Mollie Bond

NORTH VERNON – Jennings County swept the boys and girls meets with Bedford North Lawrence on Tuesday night.

BNL at Jennings County results

The Panthers won the boys 115-70 and took the girls 101-77.

The Stars won four events in the girls meet. Mollie Bond claimed the 50-yard freestyle in 28.37 and the 100 free in 1:02.81. She also teamed with Alexis Brand, Sarah Werley and Erin Deckard to win the 200 free relay in 1:59.25.

Megan Orender took the 100 breaststroke in 1:22.02.

The Stars had to settle for second-place finishes in the boys meet. Garrett McLaughlin was runner-up in the 100 free (58.50) and 100 backstroke (1:16.50), Alex Manke was second in the 500 free (5:32.04), Drew Baker was second in the 200 IM (2:26.82) and Aaron Embree was second in diving (205.45 points).




SWIMMING: Floyd Central swimmers sweep BNL

BNL vs. Floyd Central swimming results

Aaron Embree

Aaron Embree

Floyd Central swept Bedford North Lawrence 144-41 (girls) and 119-64 (boys) during Saturday morning’s meet at the BNL pool.

The Highlanders dominated both meets, grabbing the top two spots in 10 of the 11 events in the girls competition and 8 events in the boys.

BNL’s best came from diver Aaron Embree (who won the boys event with 185.80 points), Michael Tlustek (second in the boys 500-yard freestyle in 5:44.32), Megan Orender (second in the girls 100 breaststroke in 1:20.93) and Cheyenne White (second in girls diving with 121.55 points).

The Stars also finished second in the boys 200 medley relay and the boys 200 free relay.


SWIMMING: Stars sweep past Mustangs

BNL's Nick Endris cuts through the water during the butterfly leg of the the 200-yard medley relay. The Stars won the event in 1:59.32.

BNL’s Nick Endris cuts through the water during the butterfly leg of the the 200-yard medley relay. The Stars won the event in 1:59.32. Endris also won the 100 butterfly in 1:08.14.

Bedford North Lawrence opened the 2013-14 swimming season with wins in the boys and girls meet with Edgewood on Tuesday night at BNL Pool.

The Stars won the boys 104-82 while squeezing out a 94-88 win in the girls.

BNL-Edgewood results

In the boys meet, the Stars won seven events. Freshman Alex Manke claimed the 200-yard individual medley (2:21.24) and the 500 freestyle (5:28.19) while junior Nick Endris won the 100 butterfly (1:08.14) and was a part of two winning relays.

Alex Manke

Alex Manke

Endris joined Manke, Drew Baker and Colson Cummings in the victorious 200 medley relay (1:59.32) and teamed with Baker, Garrett McLaughlin and Cummings to win the 200 free relay (1:42.78).

Baker won the 100 breaststroke (1:15.75) and McLaughlin took the 100 backstroke (1::12.55).

The Stars won four events in the girls meet. Megan Orender won the 200 free (2:22.91), the 100 breaststroke (1:18.71) and teamed with Sarah Werley, Sarah Murphy and Mollie Bond to claim the 200 medley relay (2:11.75).

BNL's Sarah Murphy completes her buttlerfly leg during BNL's victorious swim in the 200-yard medley relay on Tuesday night.

BNL’s Sarah Murphy completes her butterfly leg during BNL’s victorious swim in the 200-yard medley relay on Tuesday night.

Werley won the 100 backstroke (1:14.73).

BNL will return to action on Saturday, hosting Floyd Central at 11 a.m.







BOYS SWIMMING: Stars the bullies in the pool

Colson Cummings

Colson Cummings

 Terry Tlustek

Terry Tlustek

BNL gunning for 7th

straight sectional title

By Justin Sokeland

Bullies in the swimming pool usually get whistled and forced to dry off by the lifeguard. So who is going to save the sectional field at Jasper when Bedford North Lawrence belly-flops into the water and chases its seventh straight title?

That streak, a source of pride for the program, spurs the Stars as they prepare for the 2013-14 season. BNL ranks 20th in state history with 13 sectional titles.

Michael Tlustek

Michael Tlustek

Aaron Embree

Aaron Embree

“We really want to keep the win streak going,” BNL senior Colson Cummings said. “It’s a big deal to us. There is some pressure there, but I can we can do it.”

Time, the swimmer’s enemy, will tell about that. The Stars have talent to replace and gaps to fill. They lost two individual state qualifiers (freestyler Jared Allen and stroke specialist Luke Haskett, both now at IUPUI) and the bulk of the two relay teams (200 medley and 200 free) that advanced to the IUPUI Natatorium last season.

Problem? Not according to BNL coach Terry Tlustek.

“Who knows what can happen?” Tlustek said. “There’s no reason I can think of to keep us from winning.”

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