For much of the Hoosier Hills Conference boys swimming and diving championships, the meet was a toss-up between Jeffersonville and Floyd Central.
But that didn’t stop the Columbus East team of making some marks of its own.
Senior Isaac Walling was the lone winner for the Olympians, taking the 200-yard individual medley title with a school-record time of 2 minutes, 4.09 seconds. The Olympians finished fifth as a team.
“The team really stepped up today,” East coach Dave Fribley said. “They had a great week of practice leading up to this tournament, and they competed well today.”
Fifth-ranked Jeffersonville won the conference title with 319 points. Floyd Central finished second with 273, followed by Jennings County (194), Seymour (167) and East (156).
Fribley said the key was to get his team to swim its best times.
“They were were ready to come in here and get some good times,” Fribley said. “We had a couple personal records today, and a lot of the guys were satisfied with their times. They came in here wanting to have a good meet, and that’s what they did.”
Walling also placed second in the 100 butterfly in 54.40. The 200 freestyle relay team of seniors Seth Frownfelter, Grant Huffman and Walling and junior Sam Lewis finished third in 1:35.37. Sophomore Cordell Glass finished third in the diving competition.
Jennings struggled early in the meet, staying in a fight for third place with Seymour. But junior Trever Wilson got the Panthers their first win of the day in the 100 backstroke and helped the Panthers secure third place in the 400 freestyle relay with seniors Skyler Moore and Mitch Deyerling and sophomore Broderick Hageman.
“In the first half of the meet, I don’t think we performed very well,” Panthers coach Bill Dillon said. “We had slow times, and we just didn’t look very sharp.
“Once we got to the 100 free, we started getting our best times,” he said. “From there, we came out and performed like I knew we could.”
Junior Lane Sawyer finished second in diving, while senior Devin Vanosdol took third in the 100 butterfly.
Dillon said the team needs to improve its times with just a few weeks until the sectional.
“We need to realize that we’ve done the work and that we still have room to get better times,” Dillon said.
Seymour fought for much of the contest with Jennings in hopes of earning third place but came up just short and finished fourth overall.
“Our goal for today was to get our season-best times,” Owls coach Dave Boggs said. “They had a real good day today and didn’t really make any errors or mistakes.
“We knew we had to fight hard to keep up with Jennings County for third,” he said. “But we were able to have a good day and take fourth.”
Chris Robinson was the lone victor for Seymour, claiming the conference championship in diving.
“He had a great performance,” Boggs said. “He had one of his better diving performances today, especially on his final dive, and I can’t wait to see what he does when sectional happens.”
Sophomore Noah Bullard finished second in the 200 breaststroke for the Owls, while the 200 medley relay team of seniors Alec Rohr and Noah Blacklidge, junior Jon Montgomery and sophomore Noah Bullard finished third.