The Greensburg girls swimming team returned to the pool Saturday to compete in the Franklin Invitational.
The Lady Aqua Pirates placed third out of four teams, scoring 133 points. Franklin won the meet with 187 points, while second-place Mt. Vernon (Fortville) scored 166. Milan took fourth with 52.
Greensburg closed the gap from a year ago between itself and first-place Franklin, when more than 100 points separated the teams.
“We really held our own,” said Greensburg head coach Josh Hawkins. “It was a good meet.”
Greensburg turned in a handful of winning performances. Junior Molly Oesterling swept the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle, and the 200-yard free relay finished victorious.
“We dominated the 200 free relay,” said Hawkins. The quartet of Oesterling, Emily Eberhardt, Abby Bausback and Bri Stagge clocked a time of 1:48.82, more than a second better than Franklin and 11 seconds better than Mount Vernon. The mark was also a personal-best for that relay team.
Oesterling won the 50 free in 26.46 seconds, and won the 100 free in 58.93 seconds.
Stagge won the 500 free in 5:54.54, which is a personal best, and took second in the 200 free in 2:08.49.
Bausback was second in the 100 back in 1:11.08.
Eberhardt took second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:17.94, a personal best. She placed third in the 200 IM with a time of 2:39.98.
The 400 free relay team of Oesterling, Bausback, senior Megan McDole and Stagge, clocked a 4:14.69 for third.
Other Greensburg finishes:
Fourth place: Bausback 100 fly, 1:12.14.
Sixth place: Morgan Springmeyer 50 free, 31.96; McDole 100 fly, 1:18.79; McDole 200 IM, 2:43.03; Ashley Koontz 500 free, 7:09.11; Alli Duerstock 100 breast, 1:25.94; Duerstock 1100 free, 1:17.81.
Seventh place: Koontz 200 free, 2:42.32; McKinley Bottoms 100 back 1:21.34.
200 medley A relay (Bottoms, Eberhardt, McDole, Duerstock) – 5th, 2:16.70.
200 medley B relay (Danielle Schroeder, Springmeyer, Valeria Martinez, Emma Overmyer) – 7th, 2:48.67.
200 free B relay (Overmyer, Schroeder, Martinez, Koontz) – 7th, 2:31.65.
400 free B relay (Bottoms, Springmeyer, Koontz, Duerstock) – 6th, 5:03.69.
Other Greensburg times: Springmeyer (100 free) 1:11.57; Schroeder (100 free) 1:20.27; Martinez (100 fly) 1:36.86, 100 back 1:48.30; McKinley Bottoms (100 fly) 1:38.60.
Swimming personal bests were Schroeder in the 50 free (36.43) and Emma Overmyer (40.25).
The Lady Aqua Pirates next swim Dec. 3 at East Central at 5:30 p.m., which is also when the boys swim team makes its season debut.
Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.