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SEYMOUR — Columbus North and Seymour’s swimming and diving teams took different approaches to Thursday’s meet at the Seymour Aquatic Center.

With a couple of veteran swimmers sidelined with illnesses, North coach Jim Sheridan gave his underclassmen a chance to shine in the

Bull Frogs’ fourth meet of

the season.

Seymour coach Dave Boggs didn’t feel his team opened the season strong against Madison last week, so he wanted his team to key in on the details in Thursday’s third meet.

In the end, the Bull Frogs swept the meet, with the boys winning 120-66 and the girls claiming first place in all but one event and winning 114-71.

“The thing I’ve always done with our dual meets — Dave Boggs is very similar — when we get to race, sometimes it’s an excellent point meet,” Sheridan said. “Other times it’s a great opportunity to look ahead at the second-semester conference and sectional meets by moving our athletes around, not having to put our kids

in four races, letting some

of our freshmen and younger kids come along and do

great swims.”

Sheridan was happy with the performances of his younger swimmers.

“The kids that pulled out some of those relays were freshmen, and they are learning how to go faster and faster without relying on what’s going on,” Sheridan said.

Boggs said he saw a lot of improvement in his team.

“We were not very pleased with what we saw after our first meet with Madison,” he said.

“We saw a lot of mistakes, a lot of silly things that we shouldn’t be seeing from our veterans. So we talked about that, we put a list on the board here and saw a lot sharper team tonight as far as not doing the silly mistakes. We call them details.

“We say to work on the details, the little things. We’re trying to make ourselves better in the water and not hurt our time by doing silly mistakes.”

In the girls meet, Columbus North started strong by going 1-2 in the 200-yard medley relay. The Bull Frogs then took the top three spots in the 200 freestyle with Karen Wildemann winning, and Mackenzie Fry led a 1-2 finish in the 200 individual medley.

After Marah Bieger claimed the 50 freestyle, North won the 100 butterfly (Grace Haskett), 100 freestyle (Cori Taylor), 500 freestyle (Alexandra Nusawardhana), 200 freestyle relay, 100 backstroke (Bieger), 100 breaststroke (Kelcie Davie) and diving (Addy Lang).

Seymour’s only win in

the girls meet was the final event of the night — the 400 freestyle relay.

North also won the opening relay in the boys meet. Sam Loescher then placed first in back-to-back events — 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley.

Matthew Freudenthaler led a 1-2-3 finish in the 50 freestyle, and then Seymour’s first win was by Ethan Blacklidge in the 100 butterfly. North’s Kevin Zhang took the 100 freestyle, and Zach Zeigler led a 1-2-3 finish in the 500 freestyle.

The Bull Frogs won the 200 freestyle relay before Freudenthaler captured his second win of the night, placing first in the 100 backstroke. Seymour’s Noah Bullard then won the 100 breaststroke before North closed the night by winning the 400 freestyle relay.

Seymour’s other first-place finish was by Chris Robinson in diving, while teammate Austin Drummond was second.

“We had some great finishes tonight, and that’s the stuff we’re working on,” Sheridan said. “We do a lot of kicking up the walls, and we have a lot of expectations kicking, trying to go 12 meters every time. If you watch some of those races, not everybody, but our kids that are getting a hook on it are starting to really push it. That makes you a faster swimmer. You legs are the least used part of a race. The most used part is your upper body. The legs give that upper body a break, and you can finish harder.”

Boggs looks for the Owls to continue to improve.

“We’re swimming tired,” he said. “We backed off of them a little bit (Wednesday) as far as intensity. They looked tired Tuesday at Jeff even, so we’re trying to tweak our training a little bit as far as how they are doing and what we’re seeing as coaches on the side. We’re just more happy that the details are getting better.”

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