La PORTE — Facing a fairly formidable foe, La Porte’s boys and girls swim teams knew they were going to have to bring their ‘A’ games on Thursday night. Fortunately for the Slicers’ boys, that was enough for it to pull away and defeat visiting Culver Academies 100-82.
La Porte’s girls weren’t so fortunate, even though it had a respectable effort, falling 105-80 to the Eagles.
“We definitely switched up a couple events,” the Slicers’ Justin Dusza said. “I swam one different event, and we switched the relay. Some of our guys swam a lot better.
“In the 100 fly, we went 1, 3. In the 100 back, we went 1, 3, so that was huge. Usually we go 1, 4 or 1, 5 in the 100 fly, so that was huge for us. And the 200 IM, we went 1, 2. Sometimes we go 1, 3 in that, so that was another huge one.”
Dusza captured first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.07) as well as first in the 100 butterfly (55.35), while Jacob Cooper was also a double individual winner, earning first in both the 50 free (21.68) and 100 free (48.51).
“Jacob Cooper was going up against a good swimmer in Forrest Baumgartner,” La Porte boys coach Austin Butcher said. “Obviously, he’s been on that team for four years, so we knew kind of what he was bringing to the meet. Jacob really stepped up. It’s good when you have competition, someone next to you pushing you. And they both went really fast for this early in the season.”
To complement Cooper, Isaac Temores notched first in the 200 individual medley (2:11.27), to go along with his first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.47). Braiden Arnett claimed first in the 500 free (5:41.68), and Graham Siefker placed first in the 100 backstroke (1:00.03). The Slicers’ 200 free relay team of Dusza, Temores, Siefker, and Cooper recorded first (1:31.88), while their 400 free relay quartet of Cooper, Siefker, Temores, and Dusza registered first (3:33.60).
“Wednesday I told them, ‘It was going to be a tough meet just because of size,’” Butcher said. “Kind of like what we ran into with New Prairie. I knew Culver (Academies) was pretty much going to have the same size. I told the guys, ‘It was going to be a close meet, so we had to get ready. Be confident coming in and be ready to swim today.’ They came out, stepped up, and did really well.”
In the girls meet, considering La Porte was competing against a bigger team, it was proud of its collective performance.
“It went really well,” Slicers’ girls coach John Doty said. “I knew going in we really weren’t going to stand a chance. They always have numbers on us. So we kind of moved a few girls around to try and see what they could do in a couple of different events. And a couple impressed us.
“We lost by less than I expected.”
Savannah Galaviz of La Porte cruised to first in the 200 free (2:24.57), capturing that race by a little over 22 seconds. She finished fourth in the 500 free, too, however, had a solid time for her of 6:33.68. Kelsey Creager had a first-place showing in the 200 individual medley (2:36.87), while Alicia Wireman posted first in the 100 butterfly (1:07.56), and she took second in the 500 free (6:06.71). Abigail Roberts won the 100 free (57.08), and she was part of the squad’s first-place 200 free relay team, along with Creager, Jimena Torres, and Wireman (1:51.40).
“Savannah Galaviz, she’s our new distance swimmer,” Doty said. “We’re kind of teaching her to pace and stuff. She had kind of a rough meet against Michigan City, but she came back and killed it today. Kelsey (Creager) in her IM dropped some time. She did really well.”
Toy Hayes tallied first in boys diving for the Slicers (179.90). He won comfortably by roughly 26 points to tally six points for his team.
“Toy was a little doubtful coming in,” Butcher said. “The guy from Culver (Academies) he was going up against had a little bit higher degree of difficulty than he did, which obviously makes a huge difference in diving. And Toy’s been kind of struggling with his confidence so far this season, but today really helped him. He executed the dives he did very well.”
On the girls side, the Slicers’ Chloe Perkins had her squad’s best finish in diving, placing second (185.05). On her third dive out of six, she recorded a 7.5, a 6, and a 7 from the three judges.