Seymour diver sets 3 marks, repeats as sectional champ



The best thing about Devin Ramsey’s diving performance in the Floyd Central boys sectional Saturday was his consistency.

Both Ramsey and Seymour swim coach Dave Boggs said that is what enabled him to repeat as sectional champion and set three records along the way.

“It’s a great feeling. I was hoping to pull it off again, and I’m ready to move on to the next meet,” the Seymour junior said after receiving congratulations from family members and teammates.

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Ramsey set the pool, meet and school records in piling up 533.15 points to easily earn his third straight trip to the Bloomington North Regional.

“For the past six to eight weeks, we’ve talked to him about being consistent,” Boggs said of Ramsey. “He had a great meet, consistent in all 11 dives. Hopefully, he can take this and have some confidence now. This is the time of year when you want to be peaking, like in any sport, come tournament time.”

The Owls finished third in the 14-team field with 305 points. Floyd Central won the sectional for the third straight year by scoring 531 points, and Jeffersonville was second with 320.

Ramsey came into the sectional as the favorite in diving, and he didn’t disappoint.

He said he scored 40 or more points on several dives.

“I was just consistent around all the dives,” he said. “I was getting 7.5s, 8s almost every single dive.”

Ramsey broke the meet and pool record he set a year ago when he scored 465 points. He broke the school mark of 488.20 points, set by Kevin Whistler in the 1989-90 season.

He said he likes the diving equipment at Bloomington North and is looking forward to defending his regional title Tuesday night.

“I’m expecting to win, but I don’t know all the divers who will be there,” he said. “There could be somebody new. I feel I’m going to go to state again.”

He said he’s going to work on his favorite dive — a reverse two-and-a-half tuck — and his other dives so he is successful at regional.

“I’m really going to practice my reverse two-and-a-half tuck and my inward one-half pike,” he said.

As far as the swimming portion of Saturday’s sectional, Boggs said his swimmers posted 22 season-best times out of 24 races.

“We had a great team effort from top to bottom,” he said. “This is what we train to do. This is where our focus is — this meet, this time of year. It came to fruition today. I think we’re doing the right thing with the kids. They are responding at what we’re teaching them, and it shows on their improvement. There is a lot of pressure in this meet, just like any sectional. That’s a big deal.”

Seymour’s top finish by a swimmer was Dalton Polley’s second place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:55.99.

He also wound up fourth in the 200 freestyle in 1:48.57 and helped the 400 freestyle relay (3:29.43) and 200 freestyle relay (1:33.73) teams place fourth.

Daniel Hartman was fourth in the 200 individual medley (2:05.35) and 100 butterfly (56.07), and Kyle Pfaffenberger was fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.87).

Trevor Layne was fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.57), and Luke Turner was sixth in the 100 backstroke (1:00.63) and 200 freestyle (1:55.66).

Seymour’s 200 medley relay unit also placed fourth (1:52.97).

Trinity senior competes in Columbus North Sectional


Trinity Lutheran’s lone swimmer entered Saturday’s Columbus North Sectional with the fastest time in the 50-yard freestyle.

In the finals, though, senior Matt Stuckwisch finished second in 22.31 and was edged by Columbus North’s Thomas Goble, whose winning time was 22.27.

Stuckwisch placed fifth in his other event, the 100-yard breaststroke, with a time of 1:05.03.

On the day, he scored 31 points.

Bloomington South won the 13-team sectional with 496 points.

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