Seymour swimmers honored during awards night

With another season in the pool at an end, the Seymour swimming and diving team met for their annual awards program Tuesday night in the school’s cafeteria.

Both the girls and boys teams finished with records of 13-3 during the 2016-17 season.

The boys team now has 24 straight winning seasons while the girls have finished above .500 for 23 consecutive years.

The girls 200-yard freestyle relay team broke the school record in route to a sectional championship in 1:39.78.

Seniors Kenzie Persinger, Sarah Montgomery, Nastya Yakovlyeva and junior Katie Turner then placed 23rd at the state meet at IUPUI’s Natatorium by timing 1:40.01.

Persinger, Montgomery and Turner shared the most valuable award, based on a tight points race, while Yakovlyeva received the 110 percent award.

The most improved award went to sophomore Marcegui Vasquez and senior Grace Hartman was presented the mental attitude award.

The boys team sent a pair of individuals to state at the season’s end, and those two would share the most valuable award.

Senior Jake Vance won the 50-yard freestyle by swimming a career-best 22.31 to take his event at the Floyd Central sectional.

Winning most all competitions this season, sophomore diver Devin Ramsey made a name for himself.

Aside from numerous dual meet wins, Ramsey was the champion at Hoosier Hills Conference, sectional and regional.

Ramsey advanced past the preliminaries before finishing 13th overall at the state finals with 394.85 points.

Freshman Eric Blacklidge was presented the most improved award.

Before presenting the plaques to Blacklidge and Vasquez, Owls coach Dave Boggs said that, in his opinion, most improved was the most difficult accolade to obtain.

Boggs said that the criteria for the award spanned from the first day of the season to the end of the state finals.

Sophomore Kevin Lopez took home the mental attitude award and the 110 percent award was presented to senior Steve Frohling.

An All-America Academic certificate was presented to senior Grant Handloser.

The Owls’ boys will graduate six seniors while the girls team loses eight.

Boggs, who was also recently named the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce’s high school teacher of the year, finished his 33rd straight year heading the Owls.

He’s the longest tenured coach currently at Seymour, and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

Under Boggs, the Owls have a combined record of 573-251-3.