Girls swimming tops BNL, boys fall just short

The Seymour swimming and diving teams hosted Bedford North Lawrence for Senior Night on Tuesday night.

The Seymour girls won six of the nine individual events and all three relays to roll to a 128-39 win.

The boys meet came down to the final event, the 400 free relay, and the Stars won and went home with a 98-87 win.

Prior to the meet, the senior girls, Samantha Jacobi, Lillian Sunbury, Maren McClure, Ellen Zabor and Kaylynn Zarate, and senior boys, Will Cottrill and Clay Greenawalt, and their parents were introduced.

Coach Dave Boggs said the seniors have been a big part of the swim program.

“Anybody would say they have been the backbone of our program. They’re our foundation of our program. Seniors always are. We expect them to step up in the meets in all facets, both in the water, dry land or in the classroom,” Boggs said. “They’ll be sorely missed. I hope the underclassmen have learned a lot from them and can carry on our tradition when they become seniors.”

Posting individual wins for the Seymour girls were Katya Cox in the 50 free, Olivia Fish in the 100 free, Karsen Reasoner in the 500 free, McClure in the 100 butterfly, Avery Miller in the 200 individual medley and Katie Cottrill in diving.

Pedro Cerino Rico was a double winner for the Seymour boys, as he won the 100 fly and 200 IM.

“It’s the way it worked out tonight. We closed the gap but didn’t come out enough in the last relay. The kids swam well, both boys and girls tonight. That’s about all you can ask for,” Boggs said. “The boys swam their best events. They had to, and the girls swam off tonight. We tried to give the girls who swam four events at conference, they swam two events tonight. We let some of our mid-range swimmers get more events tonight.”

Zabor and Cottrill are in their first seasons as members of the swimming team, and both said they have enjoyed their time in the water.

Zabor said she swam in middle school, then switched over to basketball and decided to swim this winter.

“I hurt my knee pretty bad last winter, so I decided to do this. I’ve always wanted to do it. At the beginning of the year, I did butterfly, but I switched to 100 backstroke,” she said. “I swam in the 200 medley and 200 free relays. I like the individual events. I like to see my time improve throughout the year.

“I told my parents that (Senior Night) is really nice. High school has gone by so fast. Seniors always told us it goes by so fast, and I never realized how fast, and now, it’s here.”

As for Cottrill, he said, “swimming is always something I’ve been interested in and ran in my family. My brother swam for three years, and coach Boggs was always an advocate for me to join the swim team. Aligning with the basketball team, it seemed right to join the team, and I don’t regret it at all.”

He has been swimming the 50 and 100 freestyles and the 200 free and 400 free relays. He said he likes both individual events and relays.

“Individual, it’s on you to do well, and in the relay, if you don’t make your best time, your teammates are there to pick you up,” Cottrill said.

Seymour will swim at Columbus East on Thursday night.

“Both teams have tough meets on Thursday,” Boggs said. “They will be extremely competitive. The girls are into their tapers. The boys are a little bit behind. They’re on different tapers right now.”