GOING into Thursday night’s meet against visiting Shelbyville, Columbus East boys swimming and diving coach David Fribley wasn’t sure what to expect.
However, what he saw far exceeded his expectations.
With the majority of his team swimming personal bests, East coasted to a 110-75 win against the Golden Bears.
“Going into the first meet, you just don’t know what’s going to happen,” Fribley said. “It was an odd thing tonight for one of our boys not to have a personal record. And I’m not talking about small margins — it was huge.”
East junior Grant Huffman had personal bests in the 100 and 200 freestyle events, cutting his best 200 time by 40 seconds. He won the 100 free in 54.47 seconds and came in second behind teammate Matt Schutte in the 200 free at 2:05.13.
Schutte also led the Olympians in distance, taking first in the 500 free in 5:32.69.
“Coach Fribley does a really good job of setting up meets so that we have the best chance of a victory,” Huffman said. “I think that’s the main reason we won tonight.”
Isaac Walling led the Olympians in the 100 butterfly with a 54.28, as well as the 200 individual medley with a 2:06.84, while East’s Logan Hudson won the 50 free in 23.79.
East’s girls gave a strong performance, as well, swimming to a 117-58 win.
Gracie Webb took first in the 50 free in 28.67, and Reagan Bradley won the 100 free and 200 IM with times of 1:02.46 and 2:35.23, respectively.
“We swam really well tonight,” girls coach Jill Arnholdt said. “I didn’t know exactly what the outcome would be, but I expected a lot from my girls, and they worked extremely hard.”
East’s Kendra Arnholdt won the 100 backstroke in 1:16.97, while Carley Fox took the 100 fly in 1:14.31 and Emmy Frederick won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:26.34
“Everybody got a swim tonight,” Arnholdt said. “We got really deep into relay teams, which was good for experience.”
East’s boys and girls will face off against Columbus North on Tuesday at North.
“We will be moving some people around and looking for our personal-best times,” Arnholdt said. “After tonight, we feel confident going into next week.”