With the return of a veteran diver and an influx of freshman talent, Shelbyville High School’s girls swim program produced a successful debut Tuesday in its season debut.
Shelbyville defeated Lawrence Central, 73-24, and lost to conference rival New Palestine, 59-42.
After missing most of the 2021-2022 season, Helfer-Vazquez produced a winning performance Tuesday for the Golden Bears. She compiled 148.3 points in the diving competition to hold off three New Palestine divers.
Freshman Naomi Garringer won the 100-yard freestyle in 1:02.86 and the 100 backstroke in 1:13.7. She also teamed with Lilly Conners, Lexi Dwiggins and Riley Everette to win the 400 freestyle relay in 4:58.13.
Everette also had a strong freshman debut, winning the 100 butterfly in 1:11.5.
Shelbyville’s only other event win came in the 200 individual medley, where Miriam Garringer touched the wall in 2:33.53.
The Golden Bears also scored runner-up points in the 200 medley relay with the Garringer sisters, Everette and Paige Bohman, another freshman; the 200 freestyle (Everette); the 50 freestyle (Bohman); and the 500 freestyle (M. Garringer).
Shelbyville travels to Indian Creek tonight for a girls-only meet.
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