Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


November 13, 2012

Lady Aqua Pirates growing in numbers

Greensburg — The Greensburg girls swim team has been active for the past two weeks, and after two events, has a victory under its belt.

Leaving the program through graduation were Hannah Poling, who swam the freestyle and breastroke, and freestyle swimmer Pamela Bulkowska.

The boys swimming team opens its season Tuesday, Nov. 27, which happens to be the first home meet for both teams.

First-year head coach Josh Hawkins likes what he sees in the girls’ increase in participation and work ethic. This year’s girls team accounts for 12 swimmers, compared to seven last year.

“It’s a different ballgame now. Our numbers are up,” he said. “We’re growing. We’re trying to build a program. We’re going to be in the mix for conference champions. It’s going to be a dogfight between us, Batesville and East Central.”

Hawkins said the girls have their sights on chasing records.

“We’re looking at the record board,” he said. “Two are 12 years old. “Our focus this year is definitely going to be improving day-by-day, week-by-week. They’ve handled the workload real well. I’m very pleased with them. They’ve done a great job of what we’re throwing at them. We’re already swimming our best times.”

Junior Megan McDole, a third-year swimmer, and sophomore Molly Oesterling, in her second season, will lead the Lady Pirates as co-captains. McDole is an individual medley specialist.

Molly Wilcox, the team’s lone senior, did not swim for Greensburg last year. However, she was active as a year-round club swimmer at Indian Creek.

“She’s doing a great job,” said Hawkins.

McDole is joined by four other juniors, three of which have two years of high school experience. Junior Valeria Martinez is a veteran in butterfly events. Morgan Springmeyer and Morgan Stagge. Junior Breonica McQueary is a first-year swimmer.

“She’s learning the ropes with the sport,” said Hawkins. “She’s going to be a good swimmer.”

Hawkins said Kaleigh McGinn will add a lot to the team. McGinn will be diving competitively.

“We’re looking forward to having a diver this year,” said Hawkins. “That will help us points-wise. She will swim a relay or two, because she’s a good swimmer.”

Sophomore Ashley Koontz will return for a second season as a distance expert.

“She has dropped at least 10 seconds already in the first two weeks, off her best time last year,” said Hawkins.

Three freshmen are ready to contribute scoring for Greensburg. Alli Duerstock, Bri Stagge and Abby Bausback were standout swimmers at the junior high level and on the Decatur County Tigersharks swimming club.

“Abby re-wrote the record books at the junior high level,” said Hawkins. “She’s swimming real well. Bri is really motivated. She’s going to be an awesome swimmer.”

Assisting Hawkins will be Amy Hawkins, his wife. She was a high school state qualifier in Tennessee.

Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.

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