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Shelbyville prepares for HHC meet

By KATRINA BRANSON - kbranson@shelbynews.com

The Shelbyville boys’ and girls’ swim teams will be heading to New Palestine Saturday morning for tough competition in the annual Hoosier Heritage Conference meet.

Golden Bears head coach Coen Weiler is excited to see what his team is made of.

“It’s conference so I have high hopes,” he said. “The girls, I’m looking for them to place in the top half team wise and hopefully some girls will place in the top eight, which will land them on the podium. The boys I’m hoping to have several top-five finishers.”

Heading into conference, coach Weiler notes a few swimmers to keep an eye on.

“Elliana Hamilton I think will have a great day,” he said. “She’s seeded fifth in 100-yard freestyle, and she’s seeded seventh in the 100 breaststroke. I also think Annie Chenoweth will do well, too. She’s seeded 11th in the 100 freestyle and 10th in the 500 free. She has a real shot to get in the top eight in both events.”

The same goes for the boys, including senior Cole Bohman. 

“Cole Bohman is seeded seventh in the 50 freestyle, and he’s done a lot of work this week to improve and see where he can go,” he said. “We’ve also had a lot of guys improve this season including Nolan Hasecuster, who’s down a full second on his time. Kameron Tucker started the season at 35 and has cut down his time to 26. Then you have Nolan Davis – who’s seeded second, and we’ve talked about just racing to the best of his ability and just seeing what he can do.”

Kenzie Endsley and Raven Bolden have also improved this season. Endsley is five seconds faster than what she was at the sectional last year, and Bolden has become more versatile and has dropped plenty of time in her 50 freestyle, according to Weiler.

As far as conference goes, Weiler has goals set in mind for the girls and boys.

“Boys, I’d like them to place third or fourth as a team,” he said. “The girls, I’d like two people scoring in every event and have a top-four finisher in one of the relays.”

Braelyn Stacy, Quinn Gillen, Sarah McQueary, Cameron Baker and Ryan Larner represent the diving unit. Diving prelims were on Thursday with the finals scheduled for Saturday. 

“I think all the divers will do well,” said Weiler. “I think they’ll be really good. They’ve been working hard, and I think it’ll be a great meet for all of them.”

The HHC meet begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday at New Palestine. 

Katrina Branson is a Sports writer for The Shelbyville News. Follow Katrina on Twitter @k_b527.