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Jennings boys, East girls claim swimming wins

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The Columbus East swim teams were hoping to get back on track Thursday night after their loss to Columbus North earlier in the week.

The Olympian girls swimmers put up a strong effort to defeat Jennings County 107-79. The boys team, however, did not fare as well and lost 101-82.

East boys coach Dave Fribley said his team does need to improve if they want be more competitive.

“I don’t think we played to our full potential tonight,” Fribley said. “Hopefully when we get back to practicing, they will be more focused because these guys have so much talent.”

For Jennings, coach Bill Dillon said he was thrilled with how his underclassmen performed.

“The freshman and sophomores on this team swam excellent tonight,” Dillon said. “They showed much improvement and cut down on their times for each event.”

Trever Wilson won the 100 freestyle and breaststroke races, and Lane Sawyer took the 50 freestyle and the diving competition to lead the Panther boys. Jennings also had victories from Skyler Moore in the 200 freestyle, Devin Vanosdol in the 200 individual medley, Mitch Dyerling in the 500 freestyle and Broderick Hageman won the 100 backstroke. The Panthers also picked up victories in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays.

The Olympians secured their victory in the 400 freestyle relay.

For the East girls, coach Jill Arnholt said her team put on a strong effort.

“They performed really well in practice and it showed out there tonight,” Arnholt said.

Arnholt said that there still is room for improvement in some events that they did not come out on top.

“In those events, we had to improve our start, finish, and our turning.” Arnholt said.

For the Panthers girls, Dillon said that his top players performed well, but his other swimmers need to perform better.

“Many of our second and third swimmers finished below East’s swimmers, and that was what it came down too in the long run,” Dillon said. “We have to have better depth because if we don’t, we will not win very many meets.”

Jennings’ Ashton Koons won the 100 breaststroke and 100 freestyle, and Marley Vawter took in the 100 backstroke and 50 freestyle. Megan Koons won the 200 freestyle, and Katelyn Posey captured the diving events.

East swept the three relays. Cortney VanLiew won the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly.

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