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Bull Frogs earn team sectional title


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The Columbus North boys swimming and diving team broke four school records and won six of 12 events to claim its first sectional championship since 2003.

“From beginning to end, we just had a fantastic meet,” North coach Jim Sheridan said. “Sam (Loescher) and Cody (Taylor) set the tone breaking school records, and everybody got great times that gave us a big lead.”

The Bull Frogs claimed the team title with 479 points, followed by Bloomington South (396), Bloomington North (365), East Central (235), Columbus East (159), Batesville (147), Edgewood (141) and Greensburg (104).

Taylor, a senior, gave the Bull Frogs their first win in the 200 individual medley in a time of 1:48.99, breaking the sectional record and his own school record from last year. Taylor also set sectional and school records in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 54.55.

“I just felt comfortable all meet,” Taylor said of his performance. “Like I told my team, it’s a different environment at this stage, and we have to race our best.”

Loescher, also a senior, took the sectional title in the 50 free in 20.64, breaking the sectional record and breaking the school record set in 1999. Loescher also won the 100 free championship (45.85).

“I really wanted to drop my time today,” Loescher said. “It was really exciting to get the record, but I know I can swim faster at state.”

The Bull Frogs also claimed sectional titles in the 200 free relay 1:25.30, setting the sectional record, and the 400 free relay, where they broke both sectional and school records with a time of 3:06.45.

“The team really had a strong performance,” Loescher said. “With me and Cody dropping times in our events, and the relays putting up strong times, we knew we could pull away and win the sectional.”

“Our team pulled away early, and that was huge,” Taylor said. “To get the school records was a good feeling, but on a team standpoint, it was great to finally get the trophy.”

The Olympians finished fifth overall with the 200 free relay team of Seth Frownfelter, Sam Lewis, Grant Huffman and Isaac Walling finishing third place (1:32.53).

“We had a great meet, with some amazing times from our swimmers,” East coach Dave Fribley said. “We lost six meets this year due to the weather, and to come out in one of the toughest sectionals in the state and put up a performance like we did makes me proud.”

Senior Isaac Walling finished fourth place in the 100 butterfly (53.89) and also finished seventh in the 200 IM (2:03.42).

“We had a complete turn-around from Thursday’s preliminaries,” Walling said. “We didn’t get our best times (Thursday), and to come out here and go all out was remarkable.”

Frownfelter said the team’s turnaround from the preliminary round showed a lot about the team’s competitiveness.

“It was amazing to finish my senior season on such a high note like that,” Frownfelter said of his team’s third-place finish in the 200 free relay. “We were coming off a tough preliminary round, and we just stuck together and raced our best.”

“I told the guys before that they could lay down, or compete with the rest of them,” Fribley said of East’s fifth-place finish. “They stayed focused, went after it, and had a great day.”

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