Multiple Teams · O’Leary, Coffman garner swimming victories


Michael O’Leary and Courtnee Coffman both had victories in the New Palestine swim team’s meet Tuesday at home against Yorktown and Delta.

The Dragon girls tallied 87 points to finish third in the three-way meet. Yorktown won with 138 and Delta was second with 99. In the boys meet, NP tallied 90 points to finish in a second-place tie with Yorktown. Delta won with 142.

Coffman won the 50 freestyle by more than a second over the field. O’Leary had a close victory in the 100 butterfly to give the Dragons their victories on the night.

For the boys, the Dragons’ 200 medley relay of Sutton Biddle, Chase Crowder, O’Leary and Tyler Corey placed second to Delta. The 200 free relay of Louis Holbrook, Nico Martin, Tyler Carter and Crowder was also second to Delta.

The Dragons also had a strong event in the 100 backstroke, as O’Leary was second and Eli Branson third. Colin Stacy had a second-place finish in diving, finishing a half-point shy of the victory.

Two Dragons had a pair of individual third-place finishes – Biddle in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle, as well as Corey in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle. The 400 free relay of Biddle, Corey, Holbrook and O’Leary was also third.

For the Dragon girls, the 200 medley relay of Coffman, Hailee Holberton, Maria Virt and Jessica Rogers was second to Yorktown. The 200 free relay of Rogers, Coffman, Anna Doolin and Virt was also second to Yorktown.

Doolin (100 freestyle) and Holberton (100 breaststroke) had second-place finishes. Karen Shriver led a 2-3 finish with Kylie Dhonau in diving. Also placing third as an individual was Virt in the 100 butterfly.

The Dragons are back in action Wednesday at New Castle, with the first race at 5:30 p.m.

Michael O'Leary had the first individual victory of the Dragons' season.
Michael O’Leary had the first individual victory of the Dragons’ season, winning the 100 butterfly.
Courtnee Coffman won the 50 freestyle by a wide margin Tuesday night.
Courtnee Coffman won the 50 freestyle by a wide margin Tuesday night.
Colin Stacey finished second in diving for the Dragons.
Colin Stacey finished second in diving for the Dragons.