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Stieber shines in final conference meet

Jan. 14—CRAWFORDSVILLE — During her years at Western Boone, senior Arianna Stieber has helped rewrite the Stars record book and has one of the most decorated careers in WeBo history.

On Saturday in her final conference meet, she shined once again, winning three titles (two individuals, one relay), broke another school record and helped lead the Western Boone girls to a third place finish.

"We love Ari and she is so easy to be proud of because she is such a good team leader and a great athlete," Western Boone head coach Haley Eadie said. "She is a good, humble, hard-working kid and we're really proud of her. The fact that she could get (swimmer of the meet) when she didn't swim all her normal events is really impressive."

Stieber typically swims the IM and backstroke as her individual events in big meets, but the Stars wanted to give her a chance at the butterfly on Saturday.

She won the IM in a time of 2:13.77, then broke the school record in winning the butterfly in a time of 59.21.

Stieber teamed with Adelaide Jones, Hannah Hayden and Samantha Jones to place second in the 200-free relay in a time of 1:43.62, then the quartet capped the meet by winning the 400-free relay in a time of 3:47.68.

Eadie said it was a perfect cap for those four seniors to finish as conference champions.

"We really wanted to get at least one relay, and we knew that was going to be our best shot," Eadie said. "We are really proud of this group. We knew it was going to be tough this year, but the girls really stepped up and people filled the gaps where we needed. To pull it out is really exciting."

Coming off back-to-back conference titles, the Stars knew a third-straight title would be difficult this year because they didn't quite have the depth they had in previous seasons.

They still finished third by a good margin and had several solid performances.

Samantha Jones was fourth in the 200-free in 2:10.21 and fifth in the 100-free in 58.87, Kaitlyn Crowley was fifth in the 200-free in 2:12.43 and in the 500-free in 5:59.67, Hayden was fifth in the butterfly in 1:08.79 and eighth in the IM in 2:36.45, Adelaide Jones was fourth in the 50-free in 25.95 and in the 100-free in 56.30, and Jenna Twitty was fourth in the backstroke in 1:08.45 and seventh in the butterfly in 1:09.47.

The medley relay team of Jenna Twitty, Micah Hole, Annabelle Mickschi and Kaitlyn Crowley placed fifth in a time of 2:17.53.

"We were all happy with how the meet went," Eadie said. "We didn't really have expectations of winning as a team, but we had individual goals and everyone was really happy with their times. As coaches we couldn't be more pleased with how it went for the girls and the boys."

The boys team placed fifth with 251 points.

The medley relay team of Jacob Norman, Jude Balke, Isaac Threlkeld and Chase Collier placed third in a time of 1:52.18.

The 200-free relay team of Ethan Barnett, Artie Milliser, Balke and Wyatt Barnett was fifth in 1:43.94 and the 400-free relay team of Wyatt Barnett, Collier, Norman and Threlkeld was fifth in 3:38.79.

Norman was third in the 100-back in 1:00.08 and sixth in the 200-free in a time of 1:53.48, Threlkeld was fourth in the 50 in 23.60 and in the 100-free in 52.42, Ethan Barnett was seventh in 1:07.13 and Balke was eighth in the breaststroke in 1:13.95.

"Jacob Norman had a really good meet for us," Eadie said. "Really that entire sophomore class, Jacob, Isaac Threlkeld in his sprint freestyle events and Jude Balke in the breaststroke and IM. They all had good days."

Earlier in the week in diving, Xander Rouse placed second with a score of 280.10.

"He has been doing great in practice and meets and continues to get better," Eadie said. "He was had a great day and surprised us a little when he got up to second place, but it was really exciting to see what he's done."

Lebanon also had a good day, placing fourth on the boys side with a score of 310 and fifth on the girls with a score of 211.

"I thought I did well," Lebanon head coach Craig Howe said. "We put ourselves in a pretty good spot coming out of Thursday and we got some surprise swims today. Overall, I am pretty happy."

The highlight for the Tigers came in the boys 200-free relay.

The Tiger team of Camden Perrine, Jack Howard, Tate DeLaRosa and Grayson Goff won in a time of 1:34.08.

"I was really happy with what they did," Howe said. "We talked all week about controlling what we can control and how we can't control other lanes and how other teams swim. We wanted them to focus on their own performance, and they did that in all four stages of the race."

Perrine was second in the 50-free in 22.95 and in the 100-free in 50.86, Goff was second in the butterfly in 55.16 and third in the 200-free in 1:51.94, DeLaRosa was fifth in the 500 in 5:43.49 and eighth in the 200-free in 2:04.60, Parker Lawson was sixth in the IM in 2:15.59 and seventh in the breaststroke in 1:12.33, Howard was fifth in the 50-free in 23.72 and sixth in the 100-free in 54.45 and Taylor O'Brien was fourth in the backstroke in 1:00.81.

The 400-free relay team of Perrine, Howard, Lawson and Goff placed third in 3:28.55 and the medley relay team of O'Brien, Lawson, DeLaRosa and Jonah Primus was fourth in 1:52.70.

"Grayson had a really good meet with his results," Howe said. "Jonah Primus had some great swims out of the consols and dropped a lot of time too."

The girls medley relay team of Jessie Stevens, Anna Hale, Bea Johnson and Paige Howard placed third in 2:01.06. The girls 200-free relay team of Karis Woodard, Chiara Vitale, Kylee Rodriguez and Martita Sheets placed seventh in 2:07.03. The 400-free relay team of Howard, Johnson, Hale and Stevens placed fourth in 4:04.20.

Hale was second in the breaststroke in 1:12.04 and fourth in the IM in 2:25.36, Paige Howard as sixth in the 50 in 26.57, and seventh in the 100 in 59.27, Johnson was eighth in the 200-free in 2:16.71, Stevens was fifth in the backstroke in 1:09.26 and eighth in the 50 in 27.98, and Kylee Rodriguez was sixth in the breaststroke in 1:22.04.

"Anna Hale had a good meet," Howe said. "She was going after our breaststroke record and didn't quite get there but we will have a couple more chances. We are closing in on some of our personal goals."

Both teams are back in action at home Tuesday, with WeBo hosting Brebeuf and Lebanon hosting Cathedral.

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.