Owls sweep competition at Seymour Super Dual meet

Seymour welcomed seven other schools into its own pool on Saturday morning for a “Super Dual” where each team was scored head-to-head against one another based on the results in each event.

That means the Owls had six different duals in one setting, and needless to say, they had no issue handling the competition.

Both the girls and boys swimming and diving teams went a perfect 6-0 on Saturday.

“We’re doing fine,” head coach Dave Boggs said. “We’re sorting through everything and working to get better every day. We’re always trying to improve things and make the details to our sport better.”

On the girls side, Seymour beat Scottsburg 133-38, Salem 121-57, Silver Creek 147-18, South Ripley 137-24, Southwestern 123-53 and Switzerland County 130-46.

As for the boys, they beat Scottsburg 137-13, Salem 133-17, Switzerland County 122-47, Southwestern 140-9, South Ripley 139-10 and Silver Creek 134-14.

The Owls switched some things up Saturday, putting different swimmers in different positions.

“We swam off today a lot,” Boggs said. “It gives us a chance to maybe find a surprise here or there. You can never tell if you might find a surprise in a meet like this.”

Clayton Greenawalt, for example, competed in the 100 fly for just the second time in his career. He placed first in that event with a time of 1:01.11, which was the fastest he has ever swam it.

“I was pretty happy with my 100 fly,” Greenawalt said. “I dropped some time today. It was a lifetime PR, but I’ve only swam it twice.”

Seymour’s Maren McClure, one of the quicker swimmers on the girls side, tried out some distance in the 500 freestyle.

McClure placed second in the event with a time of 5:49.77.

“I was happy with my 500,” she said. “I usually don’t get to do that event, specifically distance, so it was fun to try it out today, and I was happy with my time.”

Seymour swept every single relay on Saturday, as well.

In the 200 freestyle relay, the team of Kylie Grove, Katya Cox, Olivia Fish and Lillian Sunbury won in 1:53.42, and for the boys, Larry Simons, Greenawalt, Paul Montgomery and Grant Smith won in 1:40.94.

The quartet of McClure, Sunbury, Samantha Jacobi and Ellen Zabor won the 400 freestyle relay in 4:22.64, and Wes Proffer, Montgomery, Smith and CJ Polley won the 400 freestyle in 4:02.66.

Lastly, Cox, McClure, Jacobi and Fish won the 200 medley relay in 2:04.20, and Montgomery, Greenawalt, Simons and Will Cottrill took home first place in 1:57.24.

Other first-place finishers on the girls side included Cox in the 50 free (26.70), Fish in the 100 free (1:01.10), Jacobi in the 100 fly (1:13.61) and Kate Connell in the 1-meter dive (157.50).

As for the boys, top finishers were Jadrix Zumhingst in the 200 free (2:12.11), Will Proffer in the 500 free (6:04.35), Chaze Combs in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.40), Montgomery in the 200 IM (2:19.12) and Kaleb Brown in the 1-meter dive (142.65).

“I think the team is coming together,” Greenawalt said. “People are starting to get the feel for what they’re going to swim and focus on that in training.”

Saturday’s meet came one week after Seymour competed in a massive meet at the Pike Invitational.

It was the first time the Owls ever competed in it, and Boggs said they were the furthest team south that was there.

“We saw teams we would never see,” Boggs said. “It was really neat to see some of those teams and swim in a great pool like Pike, just to step outside our comfort zone.”

The athletes shared similar feelings as Boggs.

“It was my favorite meet to swim so far,” Greenawalt said. “Being able to go and swim at that pool with that kind of competition, it was just a lot of fun.”

“It was a lot of good competition,” McClure said. “It definitely got us ready for meets coming up, conference, just that environment. We all appreciated being able to go.”

Since the season started, Seymour’s conditioning has naturally gotten better, but Boggs still wants to see the Owls clean up some of the details.

He wants to see his team finish a little better, getting to the wall with more of a purpose. In a sport like swimming, details can make all of the difference in the world during a meet.

The good thing is Boggs has a group that is willing to work.

“I think the best strength is how well they work,” Boggs said. “It’s a good group of boys and girls. They work very hard very well, and they’re very coachable.”

The message has gotten across to the athletes on the team, as well.

“The coaches have been emphasizing on technique and details,” McClure said. “I can see improvement on a lot of people’s strokes, and I think our work ethic altogether has gone up, so I’m excited to see where it can take us.”