Elder Stars Bond,
Tlustek go out with
wins on Senior Night
By Justin Sokeland
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.
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.”