Seymour girls capture 5th place in meet


For The Tribune


The Seymour girls swimmers were projected to finish sixth in Saturday’s Hoosier Hills Conference meet, so when the Owls came in fifth, coach Dave Boggs was pleasantly surprised.

Seymour finished with 127 points, six better than sixth-place New Albany. Floyd Central won the title with 327 points to 316 for Jeffersonville, 144 for Bedford North Lawrence and 139 for host Columbus East.

“We really didn’t have any ugly swims today,” Seymour coach Dave Boggs said. “We were either on our times or way under them for the season. All points considered, I’m very pleased with how we performed and what I saw out of the girls today.”

Seymour was out of school and did not practice Jan. 12 to 15, and practice was optional Tuesday and Wednesday. That didn’t stop senior Katie Turner from turning in a big performance in her final HHC meet.

Turner, who had finished second in the conference in the 100-yard backstroke her first three years, took third in 1 minute, 4.30 seconds. She also took fifth in the 50 freestyle in 26.56.

“We didn’t have a lot of practice going into this meet, so I understand that this probably wasn’t going to be a lifetime best,” Turner said. “So I am happy that I was very close to my lifetime best. I’m excited for a big improvement at sectional.”

The Owls’ Breanna Hammond finished fourth in the diving competition with 270.45 points. Turner, Mary Kate Pritchett, Molly Hayes and Sandy Cerino took fourth in the 200 medley relay (2:04.12); and Alexa McKinney, Matti Hague, Marcegui Vasquez and Cerino were fourth in the 400 freestyle relay (4:14.48).

Vasquez also finished eighth in the 200 freestyle (2:15.58) and the 500 freestyle (6:01.45). Pritchett was eighth in the 200 individual medley (2:32.91).

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