Owls girls swimmers remain unbeaten in dual meets


The Seymour girls swim team wrapped up another successful dual meet season by defeating Providence 142-31 on Monday night in the Seymour Aquatic Center.

The Owls won every event and finished the season with a record of 12-2.

“This is their 27th consecutive winning record,” coach Dave Boggs said.

He said it always seems as if the season goes by pretty fast, especially this year with COVID-19 affecting sports.

“We weren’t sure we were going to have a season. So far, so good,” he said.

Boggs said he let the girls choose what events they wanted to swim in this meet.

“We tried to fill their requests as much as possible,” he said.

Seniors August Hunt and Montana Crossman said the final meet came up pretty fast.

“It doesn’t feel like it’s the last meet,” Hunt said. “I still feel like I’m going to be here next year, but it feels good that it’s my final home meet and that I did well.”

Crossman said, “It didn’t hit me until the last relay and I said, ‘Wow! This is my last race.’ Now, it’s kind of sad, but I’m also happy because I had a really good meet.”

Hunt and Crossman finished 1-2 in the 50-yard freestyle with times of 29.30 and 33.25. They teamed up with Amelita Vasquez and Makenna Greenawalt to win the 400 free relay.

“I really like the 200 free relay just because it’s fun to do it with other people,” Hunt said. “The individual 50 is very pressuring, so it’s more fun to do it in the relay, and it makes you want to go faster because you’re a team. You have that responsibility.”

She said she needs to work on her start, turns and touches before the sectional, which is Feb. 4 and 6 at Floyd Central. The team will now be tapering.

“At the beginning, it’s really hard because you lose that endurance, but toward the end when you get everything finished and ready to go, you drop a lot of time and you kind of surprise yourself,” she said.

She said she began swimming in age group swimming at a young age. Then she quit until sixth grade and has been swimming ever since.

“The water is really relaxing, especially practices. I really like the team bonding and stuff that we do,” Hunt said. “We really haven’t been able to do that this year because of COVID, but you’re always in the water with (teammates), so it’s nice to build that friendship with everybody.”

Crossman also finished second in the 100 free and swam in the 200 free relay. She said her main individual events are the breaststroke, and she swam the individual medley a few times.

Crossman said her favorite relay is the medley, and individually, she likes the breaststroke. She said learning the breaststroke took a lot of hard work.

“I’ve had to change my stroke a lot,” she said.

The swimmers practice at 6 a.m. three days a week, and Crossman said it takes a lot of dedication.

Crossman didn’t begin swimming until she moved from Hawaii to Seymour prior to her freshman year.

“I moved here my freshman year, and I decided to come out because you can’t get cut,” she said.

Also Monday night, Vasquez won the 100 free, Maren McClure won the 200 free, Katya Cox won the 500 free, Samanatha Jacobi won the 100 back, Kirby Hill won the 100 breast, Trinity Walters won the 100 fly and Sandy Cerino won the IM.

Next up for the girls will be the sectional.

“We need to fine-tune,” Boggs said. “We’re resting right now. We’ll just try to put it all together and make sure we’re firing on all cylinders.”

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