FLOYDS KNOBS — Olivia Fish said she had a lot of fun competing in the girls swimming and diving sectional at Floyd Central Monday night.
Fish finished second in the 50 free, third in the 100 back, and she was a member of the 200 free and 400 free relay teams that finished second.
Those performances helped the Owls place third in the team scoring with 281 points.
Floyd Central won its fifth-straight sectional by piling up 470 points. Jeffersonville was second with 300.
The Owls did not win any event or have a swimmer swim a state cut time.
Kate Connell placed fourth in the sectional in diving with a score of 283.30 and competed in the Jasper Regional Tuesday night. The top eight finishers at the regional qualified for state.
Fish swam with the Owls her freshman year but did not compete her sophomore season.
“I think I made a lot of progress,” she said. “I came into the season trying to get myself into better condition, not really looking for any results toward the end. But once the end came it came closer to realization that I could be in the finals. I think one thing that was different, I just didn’t stress about it.
“I just wanted to go out and swam and do the best that I could and see what I could do. I think that helped a lot, especially in the last day or two, in the prelims and the finals.”
The prelims were originally scheduled for Thursday and the finals on Saturday, but because of the winter weather, the prelims were held on Saturday and the finals were Monday night.
Coach Dave Boggs said, “All-in-all we had a good meet, especially with the weather last week. I had never had prelims on Saturday ever in my life in 80 some sectionals I’ve been to.”
Fish, a junior, finished second in the 50 free with a time of 25.52, and she was third in the 100 back at 1:01.23.
She teamed up with Samantha Jacobi, Katya Cox and Maren McClure to finish second in the 200 free relay at 1:43.35, and second in the 400 free relay at 3:49.68.
Fish said getting second in the 400 relay “is a good way to come out. We were all happy with our time.”
The Owls’ previous best was a 4:02. Fish said the 13-second improvement “is about all you can ask for. It was fun, a good way to go out.”
Floyd Central was first at 3:40.89.
McClure was third in the 100 breast at 1:11.02 and fourth in the 100 fly at 1:03.04; Cox finished sixth in the 50 free at 25.92 and sixth in the 100 back at 1:04.3; Jacobi was seventh in the 50 free at 26.16, and Lillian Sunbury was eighth in the 500 free at 5:47.67.
Boggs said he felt like the entire team gave 100 percent.
“I’m hard to satisfy with that in a way. We were 22 for 24 lifetime bests, and 23 of 24 season bests. All-in-all we really had a good meet,” Boggs said. “Our 400 free relay dropped 13 seconds from our season’s best. Olivia was solid. I’m really happy with all the girls. Both sessions we swam well. We peaked like we wanted to for this meet.”
The girls state finals will be Friday and Saturday at Indianapolis.
Boggs will now turn his attention to the boys and their sectional on Feb. 17 and 19 at Floyd Central.