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The Columbus North swimming and diving teams competed in their final-regular season meet at home against Oldenburg Academy on Thursday, honoring the 10 seniors who experienced great success over the past four seasons.

The Frogs boys and girls combined for 45 lifetime best swims and took first place in all but one event, with the boys winning 108-59 while the girls prevailed 148-29 against Oldenburg Academy.

“It was a great night for our team,” said North head coach Jim Sheridan. “Oldenburg is a young and growing program, and their swimmers always like coming to swim in our pool because they are in our sectional, and we like having them.”

With the Frogs’ boys team looking ahead to its Conference Indiana meet on Saturday at Columbus North, each swimmer swam only one event, with the seniors choosing their event first.

“We did not want to hammer them tonight, but we wanted to give everyone an opportunity to swim fast, do well, and get ready to go for Saturday,” Sheridan said.

North senior Sam Parker said the ability to switch things up and relax brought out the best in everyone.

“Most of us were able to swim events we do not usually swim, and that is always fun for us,” said Parker, who swam a personal best in the 100 fly, taking first with a time of 56.00.

“I feel pretty confident going into Saturday; I think we will do well as a team and individually,” Parker said. “We have switched up the relays to give us the best chance at taking first in all of them, so hopefully that happens.”

North senior Emma Wyke won the girls 50 free with a time of 26.81, as well as swimming a personal best breaststroke split time in the medley relay, an event she does not usually swim.

Looking ahead to the sectional run, Wyke said support and consistency are the most important things.

“We are really excited, we have a great team,” Wyke said. “We just need to keep doing what we have been all season. We are very close and always extremely supportive of each other. I think as long as we swim our own races and stay excited, we will do well.”

North senior Mackenzie Coles took first in the girls 200 free with a time of 2:07.23, while senior Rachael Sollman won the 100 back with a time of 1:03.92.

North sophomore Emma Wyke took first in the girls 200 IM (2:13.93), 50 free (26.81) and 100 breast (1:14.97), while sophomore Marah Bieger took first in the 100 butterfly (1:03.22) and 100 free (56.32).

Freshman Mackenzie Fry took first in the 500 free with a time of 5:30.72.

For the boys, North sophomore Kevin Zhang took first in the boys 200 free (2:06.50), while junior Sam Loescher won the 200 IM (2:02.27) and junior John Rupp won the 50 free (23.68).

Sophomore Zach Zeigler won the 100 free (52.21), while sophomore Matthew Freudenthale won the 500 free (5:13.71) and junior Cody Taylor took first in the 100 back (55.37).

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