Lindauer takes two at duel meet

By Jeff Birchfield

   JOHNSON CITY -- Jeremy Lindauer took top billing for the Elizabethton High School swim team, winning the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle races in Tuesday's duel meet with Science Hill at the Liberty Bell Sports Complex.
   "My 200 was the same speed as last year halfway through the season," said Lindauer. "The 500, I was about four seconds slower than where I was at this time last year. My gut started filling up with water. It was a real weird race."
   In the event, Lindauer described as a weird race, his time was still 12 seconds better than the next finisher. Lindauer's performance wasn't the only good one on the Cyclone boys' squad. Although, they fell 122-49 to the Hilltoppers in the overall standings, Jeremy's younger brother, Evan placed second in the 200 I.M. and Blake Dugger was runner-up in the 50 freestyle.
   Another second place went to Charlie Crowe, who came up just a length short in his bid to upend the Toppers' Bill Miller in the 100 butterfly.
   While not scoring top two finishes, times dropped for Ross Chun and Craig Shaw, while Ron Peters also delivered a strong performance.
   "I'm pleased with the way Jeremy Lindauer swam," said EHS head coach Jonell Johnson. "I'm pleased in general with the boys' team. All the boys that were on the team have improved since last year."
   For the 'Toppers, they had a solid outing starting with a 1-2 sweep in the opening 200 medley to the end where they topped the 400 freestyle relay.
   The 200 medley team that won by a margin of six seconds consisted of three swimmers who also topped individual events - Adam Farmer, Jim Castelaz, and Bill Miller. Farmer took top honors in the 100 freestyle, Castelaz won the 100 backstroke and Miller was number one in the 100 butterfly.
   On the girls side, two Lady Toppers set new school records in their events. Star performer Anna Miller continues to set the pace for all area swimmers winning the 50 freestyle in 26.90 seconds. Her time not only set a new record, but was faster than the winning time on the boys' side by almost two seconds.
   The other school record was set in diving where Amy Holbrook accumulated 228.85 points. Science Hill swept all 12 events on the girls' side en route to a 146-29 victory.
   The Lady Topper squad, who outnumbered the Lady Cyclones 3-to-1, had event winners in Anna Staggs, Laura Whitton, Carolina Thur de Koos, Marie Allen and Jamie Ewing. Hannah Sangid was runner-up in two events, while Elizabeth Meredith and Tiffany Mothershead were on two winning relay teams.
   Said Science Hill coach Scott Osborne, "Anna Miller and Laura Whitton really helped out. On the boys side, Bill Miller won the breaststroke and 100 butterfly. Adam Farmer kicked it on the last freestyle and the 100 backstroke."
   All was not lost for the Lady Cyclones, as Rachel Ruston had a second place in the 200 freestyle and Wendy Boone put up a great effort with a third in the 100 freestyle and a fourth in the 500 freestyle.
   Several others improved on times including April Fuller, Nicole Hull, Brittany Hilton and Laura Elijah. But, the biggest find of the night came in a fourth place performance.
   "Crystal Contino has a gorgeous backstroke which I just noticed," said Johnson. "We have a void in the 100 backstroke left when Ashley Pierce graduated. She may step up and take that spot."
   There was also plenty of potential seen in a newcomer. "Amber Hunt never had swam before," Johnson commented. "She had the fastest 50 (freestyle) on the team. If she works on her technique, she will be a real strong asset to us."
   In all, it proved to be a good learning experience for the Cyclone swim team. It also gave Lindauer enthusiasm for the rest of the season. "Last season, I qualified for the state in the 100 backstroke," stated the senior. "I'm already over a second faster than I was last year. I'm in pretty good shape to be better than I was a year ago."