Sweeping the competition


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With a seven-team meet taking place at their home pool Saturday, the Seymour swimming and diving team looked to significantly boost their record.

The Owls did just that, as they swept the competition at the annual S Invitational 6-0, and move their record to 8-2 on the season.

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Salem, South Ripley, Scottsburg, Silver Creek, Switzerland County, Southwestern (Hanover) all competed at the SHS pool.

Owls sophomore Kenzie Persinger had a strong day for the girls team, finishing in first place in the 500-

meter freestyle through clocking 5:51.85.

Persinger also helped earn first place in the 200 freestyle relay with Nastya Yakovlyeva, Sarah Montgomery and Mary Kate Pritchett in 1:49.91 and the 400 freestyle relay with a combined time of 4:07.8 alongside Yakovlyeva, Katie Turner and Allison Hayes.

On the boys side, the Owls placed first in every individual event.

In the 50 freestyle, Noah Bullard timed in at 23.8. The 100 freestyle saw Quincey Coffey finish in 59.46.

The Owls’ Caleb O’Brien took the 200 freestyle

in 2:06.11 and 500 freestyle

in 5:44.28.

Jon Montgomery earned another Owls first place with a time of 59.7 in the

100 backstroke.

The 100 breaststroke and butterfly both went to Steve Frohling, who completed the events in 1:14.09 and 1:05.21

Skyler Cash won the 200

individual medley timing 2:21.49.

In the diving well, Joseph Graham finished top-dog with a score of 227.05.

It was a long day for the Owls, as they started in the pool at 8 a.m. and finished around 2 p.m.

“We swam a little tired today,” Owls coach Dave Boggs said. “We were looking for some surprises and glory with the younger kids. We called it a lactic practice today, fast swimming and a long rest.”

Seeing a number of sectional opponents at the meet helped the Owls judge where they stand at this point in the season.

“Most of these teams are in our sectional, except South Ripley,” Boggs said. “They come here and like our pool. We need to keep working hard. We have six hard weeks of swimming left before we taper a bit. All of the details will be taken care of before sectional.”

Every season, the

SHS swimming and diving team marks the event on their calendars.

“The kids seem to look forward to this meet,” Boggs said. “The other kids seem to enjoy the diving well and the underwater window in the pool. It’s always a great meet.”

The Owls will host Jennings County on Saturday.

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