For Seymour’s young girls swimming and diving team, contending for a Hoosier Hills Conference was unrealistic.
So, the goal was simple.
"Forget about the competition," Seymour coach Dave Boggs told his squad. "Put in your best effort of the season."
Boggs wanted 75 percent of the Owls’ races to do just that at Floyd Central, and they ended up right around that mark.
“We swam well,” Boggs said. “We had so many good swims, I should probably be more pleased than I am right now.”
Seymour’s top performer was senior Brett Kleber, who finished third in the 1-meter diving competition. The first-year diver was just two points behind runner-up Katie Yankey of Floyd Central and 47 off the pace of diving champion Lanie Scharlow of New Albany.
“She dove pretty solid,” Boggs said. “She was very happy with how she did tonight.”
Seymour’s top swimming finish came from freshman Maren McClure.
McClure, who was also part of the Owls’ sixth-place 400-yard freestyle relay team, touched the wall for sixth in the 100 breaststroke.
The Owls also had a trio of eighth-place individual finishes, including McClure in the 200 individual medley. Also coming in eighth were Abby Boyt in the 100 butterfly and Sandy Cerino in the 100 free. Cerino was ninth in the 50 free.
“We had so many season bests and many of those were lifetime bests,” Boggs said. “The ones that weren’t lifetime bests, they weren’t very far off.”
Boyt teamed with August Hunt, Macy Traylor and Haley Williams to place fifth in the 200 medley relay. Cerino, Boyt, Marcegui Vasquez and McClure were sixth in the 400 freestyle relay.