Columbus North swimming coach Logan Schaefer has an eye toward the championship seasons, so his team is doing plenty of training through its first part of the season.
That means the Bull Frogs’ top-level swimmers are coming in to practice before school most mornings, and most of the other swimmers are practicing a couple mornings a week. That is in addition to the after-school practices and meets in which they are competing.
As a result, North hasn’t put up a lot of eye-popping times yet this season, but it did post its second boys and girls wins of the season Thursday night. The boys rolled to a 132-54 win against Seymour, while the girls prevailed 100-84.
“They were prepared to swim as hard as they can and swim fast,” Schaefer said. “Each meet, we’re doing something better as a team. That goes a long way toward, at the end of the season, for us performing at our championship meets together as a unit.”
Nicholas Green won the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 50.85 seconds) and 100 butterfly (56.92), Angel Torres Martinez took the 200 individual medley (2:09.68) and 100 freestyle (52.59) and Sam Russell captured the 50 freestyle (23.84) and 100 breaststroke (1:04.51) to lead the Bull Frog boys.
Kaemon Jiles won the diving competition (247.40), Paxton Rush took the 100 backstroke (1:02.91) and the Bull Frogs captured the 200 medley (1:45.87), 200 freestyle (1:37.72) and 400 freestyle (3:28.12) relays.
“I thought we did well after the many hours of practice and hard work we went through in the morning and afternoon,” Torres Martinez said. “It sure is a challenge, but in the end, it really pays off.”
Like the North boys, the girls had three double winners. Darby Coles took the 200 freestyle (1:59.85) and 100 backstroke (1:02.45), Betsy King captured the 200 IM (2:20.35) and 500 freestyle (5:24.50) and Alex Nusawardhana won the 50 freestyle (25.43) and 100 freestyle (56.45).
Emma Wilson took the diving event (151.40) and Karlie Brown captured the 100 butterfly (1:02.87). The Bull Frogs also won the 200 medley (1:56.59) and 400 freestyle (3:47.23) relays.
“I definitely think it’s been challenging, but I’ve toughed through all of the challenges that we’ve faced,” King said. “Our team today came back from the previous meets that we didn’t do so well.”