NORTH VERNON — With the sectional championships still three weeks away, some Hoosier Hills Conference swimming coaches had their teams train through Saturday’s HHC meet.
That was the case at least with Seymour, which finished fourth with 181 points, and Columbus East, which came in seventh with 59. Host Jennings County was fifth with 143½ in a meet won by Floyd Central (290½).
“We’re swimming very tired right now, obviously,” Seymour coach Dave Boggs said. “Some of these teams are swimming a little bit fresher than we did today, but that’s fine. Our main focus is sectional. This was kind of like a dress rehearsal for sectional for us. All we need now is just to get our act polished up and rest for the next three weeks.”
Sidney Stout led the Owls by finishing third in the 50-yard freestyle (26.35 seconds) and fourth in the 100 freestyle (58.47). Stout won the 50 free last year, but has been slowed this season by tendinitis in both rotator cuffs.
“Coming off of that and getting decent times in my conference meet is good with what I had to deal with with the pain and the stretches and all the things I have to do to keep myself healthy,” Stout said. “This is the first time not leaving conference with a plaque, but with my swimming this year, this was good for what I’ve been doing. I think I could have done better, but I’m happy with what I got. I just hope to come back and do better in sectional.”
Seymour’s Alex Hawkins (1:06.58) and Darren Cain (1:09.08) took third and fourth in the 100 backstroke, and Maggie Tidd was fourth in the 100 butterfly (1:05.65). The Owls placed third in the 200 free relay (1:48.76) and fourth in the 200 medley (2:02.66) and 400 freestyle (4:05.68) relays.
Jennings’ Katelyn Posey broke school 11-dive record with 349.75 points to finish second, while teammate Chessler Biggs took fourth (284.85). Julie Doran was third in the 200 individual medley (2:22.56) and fifth in the 100 butterfly (1:05.90), and Vicky Suding finished sixth in the 500 freestyle (5:48.02) and seventh in the 200 free (2:13.63).
“We scored a few more points than we thought we would, so that was good,” Jennings coach Bill Dillon said. “We got off to a pretty quick start. We were about (37 1/2) points behind Seymour, and that’s good for us. They’re a very good team.”
East was led by a fifth-place finish in diving from Lauren Brunn (273.05), who moved up from a ninth-place finish last season. Lauren Wirth, Abby Frazier, Raegan Bradley and Maggie Frazier combined to take fifth in the 400 free relay (4:17.90).
“Lauren Brunn did a really great job,” East coach Jill Arnholt said. “We ended up with a good relay at the end. The girls were really excited about that.”
Maggie Frazier finished 11th in the 100 free (1:03.36) for the Olympians. Bradley (2:37.05) and Wirth (2:37.98) were 11th and 12th in the 200 IM.
“They have had really, really hard practices this last week because we’re really shooting for sectional, so we swam really tired,” Arnholt said. “We were right at best times again. Everybody is just swimming the best they can swim right now with the place we’re at in the season.”