Salem swimmers eye individual records PDF Print E-mail

Swimming is one of those sports that is scored as a team, but also has an individual side.

Salem will be competitive in some of their team meets this year, but the swimmers, when discussing goals, seemed more focused on what they hope to accomplish in the individual events.

“I hope to at least get a couple of more individual records this year,” said Salem Senior Emily Motsinger.

Motsinger is the current SHS record holder in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke, the 100-yard breaststroke and she is part of three record-holding relay teams at Salem.

One of the records she said she is chasing this year is the 100-yard freestyle and she added that she’d like to make a run at the 200-yard Individual medley.

“I am not sure what we can do as a team,” Motsinger said. “We are down a little on numbers, as far as boys and girls, but we will see what we can do.”

Motsinger is one of four seniors on the team.

Abby Bortka is a senior, as is Blanch Warren and Zihao Feng.

“I really want to break my 500 free record,” Bortka said. “As a team, I want us to break as many school records as possible.”

Bortka has broken the record in the 500-yard freestyle several times. The current record is 6:36.

She said she is optimistic about being able to break the record.

Warren is setting the bar high as far as her goals for the Salem swim teams this year.

“I really want us to get a bunch of sectional titles and to beat my own 200-IM record,” she said.

The record for the 200-yard individual medley is 3:07.

“It’s going to be hard to break it again,” Warren said.

Feng said he decided to swim because he don’t want to just stay in this winter and add pounds.

“I did swimming before and remember some of the skills from when I was in the sixth-grade in China,” he said.

Feng said he hasn’t decided what events he is going to do, but he is leaning toward the sprint-type races.

As for his goal for this year is a simple one, “I want to beat one of the girls, especially Emily (Motsinger)!”

There are only two juniors on second-year Head Coach Lindsey Akers’ team. They are, Dara Kaiser and Riley Kalb.

The two teams swam in the seasons’ first co-ed meet of the year Tuesday (results were not available at press time).

The Lady Lion swimmers already opened the season with a 146-33 loss to Jennings County.

The following are the results from that meet: Girls 200-Yard Medley Relay: Salem, third, (Emily Motsinger, Haley Motsinger, Blanch Warren, Abby Bortka); fourth, Salem (Alex Campbell, Rachel Heathcock, Dara Kaiser, Tabitha Sheperd) Girls 200-Yard freestyle: Bortka, fourth, Amanda May fifth, Dara Kaiser, sixth. Girls 200-Yard IM: E. Motsinger, third H. Motsinger, fifth and Warren sixth. Girls 50-Yard Freestyle: Campbell, fourth, Teyha Morrison, fifth and Brooklyn Ault. Girls 100-Yard Butterfly: 4 Warren, fourth and Kaiser, fifth Girls 100-Yard Freestyle: E. Motsinger, second, Campbell, fifth, Sheperd, sixth. Girls 500-Yard Freestyle: 3 Bortka, 5 May, 6 Heathcock Girls 200-Yard Freestyle Relay: Salem, third (May, Warren, Heathcock, Campbell) and fourth (Ault, Kaiser, Sheperd, Morrison). Girls 100-Yard Backstroke: Heathcock, fourth, Sheperd, fifth and Ault, sixth. Girls 100-Yard Breaststroke: H. Motsinger, fourth. Girls 400-Yard Freestyle Relay: Salem, third (Bortka, May, H. Motsinger, E. Motsinger)

Local XC teams advance to Semi-State PDF Print E-mail

One runner from Eastern’s girls’ team, the EHS boys’ and the Salem High School girls’ cross country teams will advance to semi-state Saturday after finishing strong at last week’s regional competition.

100 new jobs, $9 Million investment coming to Salem PDF Print E-mail

Salem City officials contacted local media last week to inform them there would be a major announcement Monday morning of more than 100 jobs and an investment into the community of between $8 and $9 million.

That’s exactly what happened as Kimball International announced that they are closing their metal fabrication production operations out west and moving it to Kimball’s facility in Salem.

Back-to-back perfect season for EWMS sixth-grade girls PDF Print E-mail

It’s tough to talk about dynasties in junior high athletics, but East Washington may be establishing on with their sixth-grade girls’ basketball team.

Erin Houchin Sworn in as State Senator for District 47 PDF Print E-mail

Standing in the Indiana Senate chamber surrounded by fellow legislators and her family, Senator-elect Erin Houchin took the oath of office today, officially becoming the State Senator representing District 47. Houchin was sworn in by Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush.

Houchin, one of eight new members of the Indiana Senate, will serve all of Crawford, Orange, Harrison, Perry and Washington counties, and eastern Dubois County. She fills the Senate seat previously held by State Sen. Richard Young.

“I am very passionate about promoting the growth and stability of Southern Indiana,” Houchin said. “I am eager to start work at the Statehouse and support policies that create jobs and keep taxes low. As a wife and mother to three children, it is a priority to empower parents and invest in educational opportunities for our future generations.”

Houchin is a 2007 graduate of the Indiana Leadership Forum (ILF) and elected President of her class. She received the ILF Founder’s Award for achievements in politics. In 2008, Houchin was one of 50 women from throughout the world selected to attend the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. She is also a graduate of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series.

Houchin and her husband, Dustin, live in Salem with their three children.

Residents in Senate District 47 can contact Houchin by telephone at 1-800-382-9467, by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by mail at 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Her virtual office can be found online at

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