Indiana Area Senior High School

Swimming into the season


Swimming and Diving are back at IHS for the winter season. Meets for the team take place mostly on Thursdays,  with occasional meets on Tuesdays or Fridays.

Coming to home meets is a great way to support the IHS swim team.

Practices take place Monday through Saturday when there aren’t meets. Swim practices take place at the field house on IUP campus and occasionally at Zink. These consist of a variety of distances. Swimmers work on individual skills such as kicking, pulling, drills, endurance training, starts, and finishes. These practices are run by head coach Sarah Brown and assistant coach Skip Griffith.

Diving practices are run by IUP student and coach Allison Brownlee. When Brownlee is unable to make it to practice, divers complete ab workouts or conditioning at the field house. Typically practice for the divers takes place at Zink where divers work on forward, back, inward, reverse and twist.

Captains for the swim team are Senior Emma Grim and juniors Alex Bauer, Hadley Long, and Evan Speer. Long comments, “I’m excited to cheer everyone on and make their swimming experience as fun as possible.”

A tough opponent for the team includes Mount Pleasant, who is a AAA team and last year’s section winner. The team, however, is confident that with hard work they might have a chance to take that title.

Some big meets and practices for the team come towards the end of the season. The team has invitational meets including The Mark Hess Memorial. The biggest meets at the end of the season are WIPIALs and states.

Fun practices include captain-run practice, Christmas-themed, and other practices in which swimmers will be surprised. Freshman Maddy Bauer says, “I think most of us make it to WIPIALs and hopefully to PIAA’s.”

Swim season will last from November through March.  Meets typically last an hour and a half with a break in the middle for swimmers to regroup and prepare for the rest. There are nine individuals and three relays, and diving usually takes place before or during the middle of the swim meet.

Coming to home meets is a great way to show support for the high school swim team. Meets are fun and exciting to watch and always a good sport to cheer for. 

[Photo by Gabi Isenberg] “Freshman Maddy Bauer steps up to the block to lead Indiana’s relay to a win”


Sydney Anderson


Sydney is a freshman and a first-year reporter for the High Arrow. She plays soccer, softball, and swimming for the high school. She is excited to start writing articles for the community at IHS.

2024 Keystones: How to prepare for success

By Gabi Isenberg Keystones are rapidly approaching at IHS. By reviewing notes, worksheets, Quizlets, and materials from throughout the year, students can ensure they’ll be successful in their subject’s test. 2024 Keystones begin the week of May 13, so preparation should begin soon. The stress of the looming Keystones can

Read More »

It’s senioritis season at IHS

By Lizzie Olsen and Katarina Medvetz The end of the year is slowly creeping up, and all of IHS is growing more and more excited. There is one grade in particular that has been anticipating this time since the first day: the seniors. Senioritis has become increasingly worse as the

Read More »

High Arrow reporters earn contest awards

By High Arrow Staff On Wednesday, March 27, 2024, four members of the IHS High Arrow reporter staff were awarded monetary prizes and recognition for their efforts in the “Newspaper in Education” contest sponsored by the Indiana Gazette.    Over 25 different elementary, middle and high schools entered the contest

Read More »

IHS Mini-THON fundraises for the Four Diamonds Foundation

By Addison Mosco The IHS Mini-THON fundraising committee is raising money for the Four-Diamonds Foundation. There are many different ways they are fundraising, but all the money is going to the same place: the Four Diamonds Foundation. Senior Emma Masengale comments, “We are fundraising by reaching out to businesses, holding

Read More »

IHS Drama Club Prepares for Footloose

By Elizabeth Olsen With the change of seasons swiftly approaching, there are many things that the IHS student body has to look forward to. One of the most anticipated events coming up would be the annual spring musical, put on by the IHS Drama Club. This year, the club is

Read More »

Mini-THON 2024: What to expect

By Gabi Isenberg It’s that time of year again. Mini-THON 2024 is rapidly approaching and IHS Leadership has prepared a fun night for the school on March 21. Mini-THON is one of the largest school-organized and student-planned events. It is a smaller version of Penn State’s THON, during which students

Read More »