Going into the meet against Bedford North Lawrence at Columbus East on Thursday, East boys swimming and diving head coach David Fribley hoped his team would show its presence in a big way.
The East boys did just that, putting on a strong performance that took them to a 101-85 victory over Bedford North Lawrence.
“We wanted to show them that we are here, and we are real,” Fribley said. “The guys are working so hard, and they really went after it tonight.”
Fribley emphasized the importance of his younger swimmers stepping up to the plate, saying that was a big difference maker in getting the win.
“I said at the beginning of the season, some of our success would center around our younger guys, and they really performed for us tonight,” Fribley said.
East sophomore Charlie Rix was one of those guys, swimming a personal best in both the 100 free and 100 back.
Rix cut three seconds off his best 100 back time, placing third with a time of 1:13.77. He dropped his best 100 free time by five seconds, placing fifth with a time of 57.79.
Rix also swam the 400 free relay with Grant Huffman, Michael Hannasch and Isaac Walling, helping take their team to second place behind teammates Seth Frownfelter, Sam Lewis, Matt Schutte and Logan Hudson, who took first for East with a time of 3:41.50.
“This win felt really good tonight, because our hard work paid off,” Rix said. “I think this will give us more confidence and we will work even harder in practice heading into conference.”
East senior Matt Schutte took first in the 200 free and 500 free with times of 1:57.22 and 5:30.48, respectively. East junior Isaac Walling took first in the 200 IM at 2:05.47 as well as the 100 butterfly (54.28).
East senior Michael Hannasch took first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:09.93, while East senior CJ Webber took first in diving with a score of 155.30.
East’s girls fell to Bedford North Lawrence 125.5-59.5.
East girls swimming and diving head coach Jill Arnholt said she saw solid improvement from her girls.
“We had 14 best times tonight, and I saw a lot of good things that we can work with coming away from this meet,” Arnholt said.
East freshman Raegan Bradley took first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:36.13, while East senior Lauren Brunn took first in diving with a score of 150.15.