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SWIMMING: Senior splash at BNL

BNL senior Michael Tlustek reacts after winning the 500 freestyle race during Senior Night at BNL Pool.

BNL senior Michael Tlustek reacts after winning the 500 freestyle race during Senior Night at BNL Pool.

Elder Stars Bond,

Tlustek go out with

wins on Senior Night

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Senior Night is memories, tears for the parents, hugs for those making their final appearance in friendly water, looking back and wondering where the time went.

Bedford North Lawrence’s Mollie Bond and Michael Tlustek looked straight ahead, not backward, and their times went down.

The teams got dunked by Bloomington South, but Bond and Tlustek headlined the senior Stars who bid farewell to BNL Pool with solid performances on Monday night. Bond won the 100 freestyle, and Tlustek won a tense 500 free to make their own memories.

Video: Senior Night at BNL

BNL's Mollie Bond shakes hands with a competitor after winning the 100 freestyle.

BNL’s Mollie Bond shakes hands with a competitor after winning the 100 freestyle.

Bond slashed and splashed to the wall first in 1:00.18. She was the lone BNL winner as the Panthers cruised to a 120-63 victory, Tlustek won the reach to the wall on the final stroke, touching first in 5:26.85 as the only Star to win an event during the 132-54 loss in the  boys meet.

Bond saved her best for last. After finishing second to South’s Amber Speicher in the 50 free with a personal-best time of 27.47, Bond bounced back in the 100 to edge Speicher by .06 seconds.

“I’ve been working really hard,” Bond said. “It was the last time to perform here, so you want to make it good. It was just about perfect. I wouldn’t change it.”

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SWIMMING: BNL sweeps at Southridge

Michael Tlustek

Michael Tlustek

 Mollie Bond

Mollie Bond

Bedford North Lawrence swept to wins over Southridge and Tecumseh on Saturday afternoon.

The BNL boys defeated Tecumseh 117-36 and Southridge 120-32. The girls splashed to a 119-43 win over Tecumseh and a 93-75 victory over the host Raiders.

BNL at Southridge results

The Stars won 11 events in the boys meets, which were conducted simultaneously. Winners included Michael Tlustek (200 free), Garrett McLaughlin (50 free), Nathan Scott (100 butterfly), Tyler Harrison (diving), Colson Cummings (100 free), Alex Manke (500 free), Drew Baker (100 backstroke), Michael Ball (100 breaststroke) and all three relays.

In the girls meets, BNL won six events. Mollie Bond took the 50 free (27.98), Alexis Brand won the 100 breaststroke (1:19.49), Cheyenne White claimed the diving (134.50), and the Stars won all three relays, with Bond anchoring two.

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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

TheHHCSports.com

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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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.

 

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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).

 

 

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5 (not so serious) Questions: Alexis Brand

imageAlexis Brand is a senior swimmer at Bedford North Lawrence. She competes in the freestyle events, the breaststroke and relays for the Stars.

Question 1: What is the best way to get water out of your ears?

Brand:  It is almost impossible to get water out of your ears. Sometimes it will stay in your ears for days. Sometimes you have to beat your head off on something until it comes out.

Question 2: Do you wish Chanel made a fragrance called ‘Chlorine’?

Brand: No. I would honestly throw up. I constantly smell like chlorine even after two showers a day.

Question 3: Your father (Chris) played college basketball at Tennessee. Are you required to sing “Rocky Top” on a daily basis?

Brand: Not always, but sometimes he will wake me up in the morning to that song playing. It’s my ringtone when he calls me.

Question 4: Are there times you hate the water?

Brand: Oh my gosh, yes. I am constantly in the water swimming or in the showers trying to get the chlorine out of my hair. I am never dry.

Question 5: What other things would you rather be doing, besides swimming practice, at 6 a.m. each morning?

Brand: Homework or sleeping. Sleeping over anything, but I would rather do anything at 6 a.m. than wake up and jump in a freezing pool.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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GIRLS SWIMMING: Stars setting a high bar

Terry Tlustek

Terry Tlustek

Sarah Werley

Sarah Werley

BNL taking aim

at Jasper’s reign

in the sectional

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Bedford North Lawrence girls swimming coach Terry Tlustek has set the bar for 2013-14 so high, the Stars need a flight plan and oxygen masks for the altitude.

The goal is simple: win the sectional. How difficult can that be? To reach it, to climb that high, to dive into the deep end, the Stars must end two significant streaks.

Jasper, the sectional host, has won seven straight sectionals. BNL won its only one in 1979.

But the gap has been closing. BNL has climbed from fourth, to third, to second in the sectional the last three years. The Stars narrowed the point differential from 232 to 95 last season, and they lost only one senior (Sara Turpen), which sparked the optimism.

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