Owls find hidden gems in "S" super dual



Seymour swimming coach Dave Boggs likes to get a little wacky with his lineup when they host their "S" super dual.

Against many of the S-named schools from around Southern Indiana, Boggs isn’t really concerned if the Owls win the majority of their dual meets. For him and the rest of the coaching staff, they’re out to find some surprises.

The Owls did win all of their dual meets on Saturday, going a perfect 7-for-7 on both the boys and girls sides, moving both of the team’s records to 9-1 on the year. 

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"This is really our first home meet since we postponed [Columbus North] and in this meet we really try to swim off and find some surprises and go from there," Boggs said. "We try to find some kids and say, ‘Hey, maybe they can swim in this event now.’"

Seymour’s dual with the Bull Frogs was originally scheduled for Dec. 5, but was moved to tomorrow with a 5:30 p.m. start.

Boggs found several surprises this year and will continue to experiment with some of his swimmers as the season trudges on into the new year. He says as the swimmers develop some strokes they weren’t good at before all of a sudden become easier.

"Over the course of time their strokes, endurance and their bodies will change," he said, and then all of a sudden that stroke that was kind of awkward starts clicking. We found some of those today and we’re going to explore that. We’re always trying to find some surprises and see what we can use going forward."

One such surprise came from Bryce Miller, who competed in both the 50 and 500-yard freestyles.

Miller, whose father passed away two weeks ago, hadn’t been in the pool much according to Boggs. For him, Saturday was just about getting back into the water and getting reacquainted with the sport.

He won the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.15 seconds and was runner-up in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:53.41. While they’re the same stroke, they’re two vastly different races.

"I affectionately call that the odd ball double," Boggs said. "He’s been out for a few days and I wanted him to just try it and get a feel for it again."

Other individual winners on the boys’ side for the Owls came from Trevor Layne and Kaleb Brown.

Layne took home the top prize in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:17.67 and also anchored the 200 freestyle relay team of Ethan Dippold, Harrison Cottrill and Isaac Schafer to a win at 1:46.61.

Brown was tops in diving with a score of 103.80.

The Owl boys’ team of Jack Land, Clayton Greeawalt, Blake Stark and Aaron Drake also won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:59.39. 

On the girls’ side, the Owls won all three relay events.

Katya Cox, Maren McClure, August Hunt and Abby Boyt won the medley relay with a time of 2:05.98. Sandy Cerino, Samantha Jacobi, Macy Traylor and Lillian Sunbury won the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 4:14.24. Amelita Vasquez, Elizabeth Hartman, Kim Clemente and Haley Williams won the 200 freestyle relay at 2:01.03.

Jacobi, McClure, Cox, Sunbury and Alexandra Weaver all won individual events as well for the Owls. 

Sunbury won the 200 freestyle at 2:16.97, Cox was first in the 500 freestyle at 6:07.38, McClure won the 100 butterfly at 1:05.24 and Jacobi was victorious in the 200 IM at 2:46.99.

Weaver won the diving competition with a score of 120.67. 

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