Junior diver repeats as champion; Floyd Central takes crown



Across the board, Seymour’s swimming and diving team left New Albany High School’s feeling pleased on Saturday.

The Owls scored 156 points to place fourth of eight teams at the annual Hoosier Hills Conference meet.

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Floyd Central won the HHC for the second straight year by totaling 375 points, followed by Bedford North Lawrence (219), Jeffersonville (202), Seymour (156), Columbus East (118), Jennings County (106), New Albany (105) and Madison (51).

Top-12 individual finishes, and top-eight relays, scored points on the afternoon. HHC champions were named all-conference while runners-ups earned honorable mention status.

Seymour junior Devin Ramsey repeated as diving champion, scoring 432.75 points for All-HHC status.

“It feels good. Our goal is consistency this year. I didn’t feel like I was at my best today, but we still pulled it off. It was our DD (degree of difficulty), we were higher in that section. We were consistent on a lot of dives, but the DD helped us sit in first.”

Kevin Lopez’s score of 254.75 was good for 10th on the afternoon for Seymour.

In the racing events, Owls coach Dave Boggs liked what he saw.

“We swam really well today,” Boggs said. “We had a great day, we didn’t have a bad swim. We performed about as well as we could today. I think the coaching staff is really happy about that.”

Daniel Hartman, a junior, earned earned honorable mention for the Owls in the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.72-seconds. Teammate Eric Blacklidge placed fifth in the event in 1:00.01.

Hartman also had a solid race in the 200 individual medley, timing 2:09.10 for fourth overall. The Owls’ Kyle Pffafenberger clocked 2:20.00 in the IM for 11th.

Dalton Polley was fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:52.31) and third for the 500 free (5:10.46).

Pfaffenberger timed 1:08.67 for sixth, and Trevor Layne (1:13.62) was 11th in the 100 breaststroke.

The Owls’ Dillon Polley placed 10th (24.59) and Brady Westfall (24.72) was 11th in the 50 freestyle.

The 100 backstroke had Luke Turner take 11th in 1:04.07 for the Owls.

The Owls finished sixth in the 200 medley relay (1:53.48), fifth in the 400 freestyle relay (3:36.61) and fourth for the 200 free relay (1:39.01).

“It was a good, solid swim today with no mistakes,” Boggs said. “We still need to polish up some details, but that’s about it. I think we’re ready to get through the last few weeks of training, and resting, before putting it all together for sectionals.”

The Owls are off until Feb. 5, when they host Trinity Lutheran and Providence for the regular season finale.

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