Ruschhaupt, Scher swim to state finals appearances

Skyler Ruschhaupt and Danny Scher
Photos by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington North High School juniors Skyler Ruschhaupt and Danny Scher both advanced to the state meet in two events by winning Warsaw Boys' Swimming Sectional titles on Saturday, Feb. 21.

Diver Casey Dubuc has a chance to join his teammates as he qualified for the diving regional, which will be held Tuesday Feb. 24.

Ruschhaupt won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke, while Scher took the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle.

Ruschhaupt's 100 breaststroke win came in a new school-record time of 1:01.17, and Scher earned his 50 free title with a new school mark of :21.96.

Ruschhaupt won the 200 IM in 1:58.80 and Scher took the 100 free in :48.97.

Only winners in each swimming event and those with state qualifying times in finals competition are eligible for the finals.

In diving, where the top four finishers advanced to regional, Dubuc placed third with a score of 367.10.

The state championship will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28, at the Indiana University Natatorium, in Indianapolis.

The big finishes helped HNHS placed third as a team among eight competitors, with 212.5 points. Warsaw was team champion with 302 points and Plymouth was second with 223.

A third school record for the Vikings came from the 200-yeard medley relay team of Ryan Rethlake, Ruschhaupt, Chris Royer and Scher, which finished second in the event with a time of 1:43.79.

Scher, Rethlake and Ruschhaupt teamed with Shaun Marion to get second place points in the 400-yeard freestyle relay, and Marion solo added a third in the 200-yard freestyle and fifth in the 100-yeard freestyle.

Also making finals competition, Rethlake placed fifth in the 500-yard freestyle, and the 200-yard freestyle relay of Royer, Phillip Zook, Ethan Hethcote and Dubuc placed fourth.

Earning consolation finals action, Rethlake placed ninth in the 200 free, Royer was 11th in the 200 IM, Dubuc was 10th in the 50 free, Royer and Zook finished seventh and 10th, respectively, in the 100-yard butterfly, Josh Bush was seventh in the 500 free and Zook was eighth in the 100-yard backstroke.

In addition to the school records, earning personal records for HNHS were Marion in the 200 free, Ruschhaupt in the 200 IM, Royer in the 100 fly, Scher in the 100 free and Bush and Rethlake in the 500 free.