Boys swim team dominates Cardinal Classic


Kelsey Jones

Senior Drew Reinke (left)dives into the pool to start the 200-yard freestyle. He finished in first place with a time of 1:48.17.

 The SHS boys swim team started off December by competing against six other schools and winning the Cardinal Classic on Dec. 1.

SHS, Perry Meridian, Warren Central, Cardinal Ritter, Franklin Central, Covenant Christian and Heritage Christian met to compete at SHS. Both the girls and boys team head coached by Matthew Jeffries would go on to earn first place in the Cardinal Classic for the first time in history. According to senior Noah Fishel, a tough training regiment contributed to the outcome.

In the first event of the day, junior Drew Shellenberger, sophomore Daniel Hiller and seniors Drew Reinke and Noah Fishel represented SHS in the 200 yard medley relay. The Cards earned first place with a final time of 1:42.01.

The Cards then won the 200 yard freestyle. Reinke represented the Cards and finished with a time of 1:48.17 and a near six second cushion between him and second place.

The 200 yard individual medley went smoothly for the Cards as Hiller placed first and managed to finish 10 seconds before second place and 20 seconds before third place.

Reinke finished first in the 100 yard fly with a time of 56.39. He was the only swimmer to complete the race under one minute.

After taking second place in the 50 yard freestyle, Fishel didn’t let this affect him. In his next race, the 100 yard freestyle, he earned first place with a time of 50.95.

In his second race of the day, Shellenberger earned his second first place medal in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:04.14.

Junior Richard Green received his first medal of the day after he finished before twelve other swimmers in the 100 yard backstroke.

Shellenberger earned SHS its eighth first place title of the day after placing first in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.16.

Similar to the first event, the final event of the day saw the same team of Reinke, Fishel, Shellenberger and Hiller placing first in the 400 yard freestyle relay.

Reinke and Shellenberger placed first in four different events while Fishel and Hiller landed three first place medals.

As a team, SHS placed first in nine different events out of 24. Reinke and Shellenberger finished first in all four of the events they participated in. The Cards ended with a final score of 339, 117 points ahead of second place.

“Overall a well-deserved win after a brutal training cycle,” Fishel said.