Cerino, McClure score big for Seymour swimmers in HHC meet


Sandy Cerino and Maren McClure both placed in two individual events and one relay to help the Seymour girls place third in the Hoosier Hills Conference swimming and diving meet Saturday.

Cerino, a senior, finished second in the 100-yard freestyle in 57.05 seconds, fourth in the 50 free in 25.95 and teamed up with McClure, Katya Cox and Kirby Hill to place fourth in the 200 medley in 2:00.34.

McClure, a junior, was second in the 100 butterfly in 1:03.01 and third in the 200 individual medley in 2:21.

Both Owls said they felt as if they had strong performances and were pleased when they heard the team placed third, beating Columbus East by two points.

Host Floyd Central ran away with the team title with 386 points, Jeffersonville was second with 241 and the Owls edged the Olympians 153-151.

Coach Dave Boggs said his team gave maximum performances throughout the day.

“We had a lot of great performances today,” he said. “We had nearly all season bests, and we were shooting for about 70% lifetime bests. I haven’t crunched the numbers yet (after the meet), but we’re going to be real close to those, so yes, we’re pleased with how we performed today.”

Cerino said cited the 100 as her best event.

“I was seeded third in the 100, and I was seeded fourth in the 50,” she said. “I swam in the 200 medley relay, and we placed fourth. The whole team really did good today. I definitely need to work on my starts and turns, the little details. We’re in a really good position for sectional. We’re really looking forward to the sectional.”

McClure said hard work paid off for her in the butterfly.

“I’ve been working on that stroke this year, trying to improve it, and I’m happy with where I’m at right now,” she said. “I cut about a second off my season’s best, and it was my lifetime best, too. I’m happy with all my times I put up today. I’m excited for sectional.”

Five other Owls placed in two individual events.

Cox was third in the 100 back at 1:03.98, and 10th in the 100 breast. Hill was 10th in the 100 breast and 11th in the fly. Amelita Vasquez was 10th in the 500 free and 11th in the 200 free, Samantha Jacobi was seventh in the 100 free and 10th in the 50 free and August Hunt was 11th in the 100 back and 12th in the 50 free.

Trinity Walters was 12th in the 100 fly, Camryn Wilson was seventh in the 100 breast and Alexandra Weaver was seventh in diving with 224.25 points. Kate Connell was eighth in diving with 220.95 points.

Hunt, Wilson, Jacobi and Vasquez teamed up to place fourth in the 200 free relay in 1:54.36.

Seymour was disqualified in the 400 free relay.

“We did very well today considering the circumstances with COVID,” Boggs said. “It’s just a different meet not having spectators in here. There was less energy here, but it’s the same with all of the sports.”

The only fans allowed to attend were parents of seniors.

The girls have started their taper for late-season major meets.

“The girls and boys split this week,” Boggs said. “The girls are on it building for sectional week. The girls are swimming tired. This is a dress rehearsal for sectionals.”

The boys Hoosier Hills Conference will be at Floyd Central on Jan. 28. Both the Seymour girls and boys will swim at Bedford on Tuesday and will host Columbus East on Thursday.