East boys swimmers fall to Cougars

As the boys swimming season has worn on, East coach David Fribley has liked his team’s improvement from where it started at the beginning of the year.

However, on Monday night, he felt his team was a little bit stagnant, when the visiting Bloomington North swam past the Olympians 119-61.

“The improvement from where we started at the beginning of the year to where we are now has been unbelievable,” Fribley said. “But tonight, for some reason, we didn’t see the drops in time that we would have liked to have seen.”

East only was able to come away with two victories on the night. DJ Rhodes won the diving competition with a score of 174.60. The other Olympians victory was in the 100-yard breaststroke, where Ryan Singer won by posting a time of 1 minute, 7.90 seconds.

Singer also finished second in the 200 individual medley (2:07.03). Griff McGaha took second in both the 50 freestyle (24.59) and 100 backstroke (1:02.79).

The Cougars swept the three relays and also dominated the individual swimming events, winning all but one. Even with the tough night, Fribley likes where his team is, time-wise heading into the Columbus North Sectional preliminaries Feb. 15, as well as what he saw out of a couple of his swimmers.

“I like where we are on our times heading into sectional, but I would like to see us prepare a little bit better mentally to get ready to swim,” he said. “But I really liked the way Nathan Hatchett and Elias VanCuren swam tonight. They were ready to go.”