Columbus North swimming coach Logan Schaefer challenged his boys swimmers be better against No. 8 Franklin than they were in their season opener the night before at Louisville St. Xavier.
Franklin picked up the 99-87 win, but Schaefer said his boys did swim better.
Evan Patterson grabbed the Bull Frogs’ only individual win in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing in 47.98 seconds. North’s other first places came from the 200 medley relay team of Jared Carroll, Albert Nusawardhana, Sam Russell and Thomas Goble that finished in 1:41.81 and the 400 freestyle relay unit of Patterson, Russell, Nicholas Green and Carroll placed first in 3:16.89.
“We raced hard,” Schaefer said. “We swam as a team. We don’t have a whole lot of standouts, but as a team, we swam really well, and we’re swimming for each other. I think that’s probably what I’m the most proud of, and it’s showing off as this year, we’re performing as a team really well. I’m really proud to see that.”
Carroll finished second in the 100 butterfly in 53.71 and the 100 backstroke in 55.57. Patterson also took second in the 200 freestyle (1:46.46), and Green placed third (1:49.83). Russell touched the wall in 2:00.98 for another second in the 200 individual medley. Grant Fehribach took second in the diving competition with 235.85 points.
Goble, Patterson, Ayush Panda and Nick Green took second in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:30.82. Panda and Goble also walked away with two individual third places. Panda finished the 100 freestyle in 52.12, while Goble finished the 50 freestyle in 22.69.
The North girls team fell to No. 4 Franklin 133-50, but Schaefer said his team had many highlights across the board. Betsy King was double-event winner in the 50 freestyle (25.06) and the 100 freestyle (55.17).
Naomy Argueta-Ventura scored a 154.55 in the diving to earn the only second place for the Bull Frogs. Third-place finishes came from Karlie Brown in the 100 butterfly (1:06.08) and Kaitlyn Niebrugge in the 100 backstroke (1:05.56).
“They are interested in getting back to that championship meet at the end of the year and performing at a higher level, so we got some really good pieces of information tonight to come back and make changes,” Schaefer said. “The girls are in a big learning process of continuing to take steps to get better, and we got a lot of really good teaching moments tonight for that.”
North fell to St. Xavier 135-48 on Monday in a boys-only meet. Fehribach, who led a 1-2-3 sweep in the diving competition, was the Bull Frogs’ lone winner.