Columbia City take win in senior home stand

   COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City swim teams took the pool for their first and only home meet Tuesday night.
   The Eagles hosted North Side at Whitley County’s YMCA and took a win over the Redskins, with the boys winning 130-39 and the girls victorious 133-30, advancing their record to 3-1.
   “Our home meet is good for the kids so the parents can come out,” Columbia City head coach Phil Stanczak said.
   After a record-breaking week last week with 15 swimmers picking up personal records, junior Cole Smith had one thing on his mind, “The record,” Smith said.
   Smith placed first in both the 50 and 100 freestyle races.
   Being the only home meet, Columbia City honored four seniors; Holly Kyler, Aaron Wagoner, Kevin Hershberger, and J.T. Biggs.
   Hershberger placed first in the 200 individual medley.
   Also placing first for the boys were; Kyle Mertz in the 200 freestyle, Foster Eber in the 100 butterfly, and Devin Moore in the 100 backstroke.
   Winning for the girls were  Kyler in the 50 freestyle, Mandy Wright in the 200 freestyle, Jena Bosselman in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke, Andrea Richter in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke,    Mishayla Hagar in the 100 freestyle, and Anna Lawrence in the 500 freestyle.
   The win was a team effort, with several other teammates placing second and third.
   “This group gets along really well, the kids root for each other, it’s been a good group,” Stanczak said.
   The Eagles head to Norwell Saturday, while the Lady Eagles travel to Wawasee for an invitational.