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Swimmers open season with record performances

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The Northridge High School swimming and diving teams started the season strong -- and in record-setting fashion.

The boys team scored 33 points to finish third of nine squads in the Viking Splash on Dec. 7 behind Big Walnut (112) and Marion Pleasant (67). The finish earned the first team trophy for the swimming program.

Josie Bunstine led the three-swimmer girls team by setting a program record in the 200-yard individual medley, winning in 2 minutes, 26.02 seconds.

"I thought we had an awesome meet with 14 of our 15 swimmers having personal-best performances," said coach Rachel Furr, whose teams were the host program for the opening meet, which was held at New Albany. "It was good to finally see them swim against other teams and do well. And the boys were able to hold on to third place to earn a trophy, the first one ever for either team."

Bunstine also won the 100 butterfly in 1:04.68, and Riley Love was second in the 100 backstroke (1:11.46) and third in the 50 freestyle (28.28) as the girls tied Newark Catholic for fifth (23) of 10 teams behind champion Pleasant (99).

"The girls did great, especially considering they had three competitors," said Furr, whose teams competed in the Mount Vernon Quad on Dec. 14 at Kenyon College.

Brandon Eckstein led the boys team in the Viking Splash by placing third in the 200 IM (2:35.98) and fourth in the 100 fly (1:04.57). He also joined Chris Lindsay, Bryce Curtis and Mat Scott on the 200 medley relay, which finished third in 2:04.91.

Lindsay was fourth in the 100 back (1:11.36) and Paul Haught was fourth in the 500 free (7:44.39). Scott was fifth in the 100 back (1:14.81) and Adam Eckstein was fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:25.66).

The 200 free relay of Steven Wickham, Adam Eckstein, Haught and Ryan Strong was fifth in 2:12.09. The 400 free relay of Wickham, Eli Rushmore, David Stanton and Nathan Castle was fifth in 5:10.79.

On Dec. 10, the Vikings competed against Coshocton and Newark. The boys defeated Newark 58-21 and lost to Coshocton 56-37, and the girls lost to Coshocton 67-22 and Newark 42-22.

Girls team wins three of first four

The girls basketball team was 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the LCL before playing Heath on Dec. 14.

Northridge defeated Lakewood 57-43 on Dec. 12 in league play. Sara Pribonic led with 17 points, Summer Prevost had 15 points and Belinda Marcum and Michaela Pankuch added 10 points apiece.

The Vikings fell to Johnstown-Monroe 81-27 on Dec. 9 in an LCL game.

"We learned (against Johnstown) that we have to play a lot better against some of the top teams in the league," coach Joe Rucker said."

Pribonic scored 12 points and Jenna Denune and Prevost both added four.

The Vikings' league game Dec. 7 at Granville was postponed because of bad weather and rescheduled for Feb. 4.

Boys basketball team loses to Blue Aces

The boys basketball team was 0-2 overall and in the LCL before playing Lakewood on Dec. 13.

The Vikings lost to Granville 53-38 on Dec. 10 after trailing 16-4 after one quarter and 40-17 at halftime.

Chad Campbell led Northridge with 14 points and Matt Grindle and Gavin Shank both added 11.

Northridge had its LCL game Dec. 6 at Utica postponed because of bad weather. It was rescheduled for Dec. 14.

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