COLUMBUS North swimming coach Jim Sheridan has always considered his early-season dual meet with Seymour as a low-key affair.
Sheridan typically uses his boys and girls swimmers in events other than their best races in various dual meets throughout the season, and the Seymour meet is one of them.
Thursday night, the Bull Frogs’ fifth-ranked boys and eighth-ranked girls excelled in those events in claiming identical 107-79 wins against the Owls.
“We talked before the meet about what it takes to begin working towards being a championship team,” Sheridan said. “It’s showing the ability to swim the races that you don’t normally swim and be able to achieve at a great level for each individual in a team setting.
“We make it one of those times during the year where the kids get up to race,” he said. “We don’t do these fire-up speeches and things like that and let the kids take control of their own destiny because eventually at the end of the year, it is their destiny wherever they want to go with it.”
Despite having seven kids out sick, North recorded a combined 27 lifetime-bests.
“I think with seven more kids in there, we’d have exceeded the 37 or 38 that we’ve been showing all year long,” Sheridan said.
Zach Ziegler won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.68 seconds and the 500 freestyle in 5:07.25, and Sam Loescher took the 100 backstroke (58.27) and 100 breaststroke (1:05.93) to lead the North boys. Sam Parker captured the 200 individual medley (2:11.38), John Rupp won the 100 freestyle (51.80) and North swept the 200 medley (1:45.08), 200 freestyle (1:35.14) and 400 freestyle (3:34.69) relays.
For the girls, Marah Bieger won the 200 freestyle (1:59.69) and 100 freestyle (56.10) and Rachael Sollman took the 200 IM (2:13.72) and 100 butterfly (1:01.64). Erin Jones captured the diving competition (185.90), Marie Wildemann won the 500 freestyle (5:39.74), Maddie Wyke took the 100 backstroke (1:02.73) and the Bull Frogs swept the 200 medley (2:02.19), 200 freestyle (1:45.32) and 400 freestyle (3:50.12) relays.
Seymour’s Sidney Stout won the girls 50 freestyle (25.89) and 100 breaststroke (1:18.18). For the boys, Jon Montgomery took the 200 freestyle (2:03.39), Chris Robinson captured the diving (184.65), and Ethan Blacklidge won the 100 butterfly (57.35).
“I thought we had a lot of good swims tonight,” Seymour coach Dave Boggs said. “We didn’t have any disappointing swims tonight. We swam well tonight — about as well as we could. We have a lot of new kids, a lot of green kids. They came in here with the right frame of mind and did their best. That’s all I could ever ask of them.”
The Owls were coming off season-opening losses to Jeffersonville on Tuesday.
“We’re swimming a little tired right now,” Boggs said. “I’m very pleased with our technique right now. We’ve not doing silly little things. We’re working on details, and we’re seeing a lot of that being cleaned up pretty well right now.”