The biggest Columbus North Bull Frogs team since 1994 started its season with a splash Monday night, beating Jennings County 134-47 in the boys meet and 139-47 in the girls meet.
“It’s really great to get the dual-meet season started. It’s a great opportunity to give the kids an opportunity to race in a very quiet atmosphere,” North coach Jim Sheridan said. “Everybody gave a really good effort tonight.”
On a night that saw 50 Bull Frog lifetime bests, there were several impressive performances.
On the girls side, Mackenzie Fry was a standout, winning the 100-yard breaststroke, placing second in the 50 freestyle and helping teams to victory in the 200 medley and the 200 freestyle relays.
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“She had a tough sophomore season,” Sheridan said. “She did a great job today racing some off races, but where she was sprinting, she was right out where she was a couple years ago, almost to her best times. She’s got more to give and she knows it now, and that’s a fun thing.”
Marah Bieger and Cori Taylor also won two individual races for the Bull Frogs. Bieger took the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, and Taylor captured the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle.
For the boys, Matthew Freudenthaler posted sprint victories in the 50 freestyle and 100-yard freestyle, as well as being on winning teams in the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays.
“It shows them the type of work that they are doing in the water for themselves is helping them get better, which will, in turn, help the team get better,” Sheridan said.
Jennings also had some notable performances. Katelyn Posey and Lane Sawyer won the girls and boys diving competitions, and Trevor Wilson claimed the two Panther victories in swimming events, winning the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. Wilson dominated the 500, winning by more than 26 seconds.
“I thought everyone did an excellent job, boys and girls, both sides,” Jennings coach Chaz Wilson said. “Going forward, we want to improve in sectional and in conference and break more records.”
Sheridan, too, is looking toward the future for his team, but not without staying grounded in the here and now.
“If you become state ready now, during the dual meet season, you’re going to know you’re state ready when you get to the sectional championships,” Sheridan said. “You’re already going to be there mentally, and on top of the water with what you’re doing. We’re a program that’s always built, and we’re trying to reload it once again.”