The New Palestine swim teams honored head coach Steve Maxwell Monday night as they competed against Greenfield-Central.
Maxwell is in his 50th year of coaching swimming, a career that has brought him through Texas and California before coming to Indiana in 1985. He had coached at Ben Davis and Warren Central High Schools and Butler University before taking over the Dragons program in 2000.
Monday evening, he was accompanied by his wife Janet, as well as children Spenser and Adrienne, both of whom are NPHS graduates. Several former NPHS swimmers were in attendance.
Over that half-century, Maxwell’s teams have posted an 838-359 record entering this season, a .700 winning percentage.
The Dragons had a handful of individual victories Monday in Monday’s dual meet against Greenfield-Central. The Dragon girls fell 123-63, while the NP boys fell 129-54.
Winners for the Dragon girls included the 200 medley relay team of Maria Virt, Jordan Owens, Jessica Rogers and Cassy Moorman. Karen Shriver won diving, while Rogers won the 100 butterfly. Virt was the runner-up in the 100 freestyle.
For the Dragon boys, Austin Lines won the diving competition. Runners-up were Jack Schwartz in the 200 freestyle, Tyler Corey in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, Marlon Cabrera in the 100 backstroke and Kyle Ellis in the 100 breaststroke.
The Dragons are next in action in the HHC swimming and diving meet. The diving competition will be held Jan. 3 at Greenfield-Central, with the swimming events Jan. 5 at NPHS.