The situation with the Northridge High School swimming and diving program has reversed for third-year coach Rachel Furr.

The situation with the Northridge High School swimming and diving program has reversed for third-year coach Rachel Furr.

Last season, the boys team was packed with experience and athletes while the girls team was young and lacking numbers.

After graduating eight athletes, the boys team now has only five swimmers. The girls team, meanwhile, has grown to 11 participants.

"We're really excited about what the girls can do because we added depth and didn't lose anyone (to graduation)," said Furr, whose teams opened with the Viking Splash on Dec. 5 at New Albany. "They have come in fired up and we're excited to see how low they can go with their times."

Leading the returnees for the girls are senior Josie Bunstine and sophomores Katelyn Darby, Maddi Giffin, Alex Rahde and Tori Strong. All five competed in the Division II district meet last season, setting program records in four events.

Darby set a pair of program records while placing 10th in both the 200-yard individual medley (2 minutes, 24.31 seconds) and the 500 freestyle (5:45.39).

The other two records were in the 200 medley relay (2:07.94, 12th) with Giffin, Darby, Bunstine and Rahde and the 400 free relay (4:20.09, 14th) with Darby, Strong, Giffin and Bunstine.

Bunstine also competed at district in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.34, 10th) and 100 butterfly (1:02.55, 10th).

"The only relay that these girls have not set the (program) record is the 200 free and we think they can get that early in the season," Furr said. "They have worked hard to get better and that will pay off for them."

Also returning are junior Leah Kinkead and sophomore Casey Day. New to the program are junior Kaycee Campbell, sophomore Sydney Miller and freshmen Audrey Holt and Katrina Tennis-Malick.

The boys team has only three returnees in senior David Stanton, junior Eli Rushmore and sophomore Victor Weaver. Sophomore Gabe Miller is back after swimming in middle school, and Brian Scott is a freshman.

"Eli Rushmore ended the season with good times last year and has worked hard, so it will be interesting to see what he can do," Furr said. "Gabe Miller is back after taking last year off following a tough football season and his times have been incredible. Brian Scott had some good times in middle school and we're excited to see how he does in the longer high school races."

The inaugural LCL meet will be held Feb. 6 at New Albany.

Girls basketball team earns first victory

Win No. 1 did not come easy for the girls basketball team.

The Vikings trailed by 10 points early Nov. 28 at Fisher Catholic, but rallied for a 44-41 victory.

"We fell behind right off the bat 11-1 after they quickly hit three 3-pointers," said coach Chad Scott, whose team was 1-3 overall before playing an LCL game against Heath on Dec. 4. "We changed up our defense and started to pressure the perimeter and that helped us. We used our height advantage and made our free throws and that was the difference." Jamie Swickard led the Vikings with 14 points and was 11-for-14 on free throws, and Hallie Martin had 10 points and 13 rebounds. Olivia Humes had eight points and Kendra Martin had 11 rebounds.

The Vikings lost their LCL opener to Licking Valley 34-30 on Dec. 2. Hallie Martin had 11 points and 18 rebounds, Phalen Huhn had 10 points and Swickard had eight points and 18 rebounds.

Boys basketball team splits first two games

Brandon Estep, Dan Hatfield and Skyler Pritts have led the boys basketball team in its first two contests.

All three were averaging in double figures in the Vikings' 1-1 start.

In a 56-47 victory Nov. 27 at Cardington, Hatfield led with 18 points and Estep and Pritts both scored 12. Nick Hatten added nine points, all on 3-pointers.

The Vikings lost their home opener to Grandview 57-50 on Dec. 1. Estep had 14 points and Hatfield added 10.

Hatfield earns state football honor

Hatfield, a junior quarterback and defensive back for the football team, was named special mention all-state in Division V.

He led the Vikings in rushing (687 yards, 145 carries, 6 TDs) and was 46-for-93 passing for 512 yards with three touchdowns and six interceptions.