Seymour boys rally for victory against Jeff while girls fall just short


The Seymour boys swim team scored big points late in Tuesday’s home meet against Jeffersonville to post a 109-70 win.

Jeffersonville used its depth to win the girls meet 100-85.

The boys’ meet was close before Will Proffer and Aaron Drake went 1-2 in the 100 back with times of 1:04.45 and 1:13.42, Lane Mellencamp won the 100 breast (1:10.3), and the Owls went 1-2 in the 400 free relay to win by 39 points.

Proffer, Mellencamp, Larry Simons and Paul Montgomery placed second in the opening event, the 200 medley relay in 1:54.03.

Montgomery came back to win the 50 free in 22.66, Kaleb Brown won diving with 151.85 points, Simons placed first and CJ Polly second in the 100 butterfly in 1:06.96 and 1:15.43, Montgomery was second in the 100 free in 50.36, and Mellencamp, Jadrix Zumhingst, Drake and Montgomery teamed up to place second in the 200 free relay in 1:37.47.

Simons, Drake, Grant Smith and Caden Harriss made up the 400 free that was first in 3:48.06, and Lucas Jablonski, Will Proffer, Dominic Dennis and Tristan Dowell were on the second relay team that swam 4:16.59.

Katya Cox had a big meet for the Lady Owls as she won the 50 free in 27.22, won the 100 free in 58.53, and teamed up with Avery Stewart, Addy Castetter and Sallie Nicholson to place second in the medley relay in 2:06.35.

After Amber Ault, Kylie Grove and Sydney Bush swam their splits in the 400 free relay, Cox entered the water, and Owls assistant coach Dennis Bowers estimated she trailed by three seconds.

Cox swam an excellent split and helped the Owls post a time of 4:09.51, and Jeff was second at 4:12.63.

Cox said it had been a while since she came from behind like that to win a race. She said Jeff’s Avery Dethy “had broken into her stroke already when I dove in. I caught her at the turn and then I had passed her by the 50. It was a very nice way to end the meet.”

Cox continued, saying, “I feel like I’m in good shape because the 50 I swam last Tuesday (against Madison) was faster than I was swimming at this time last year. I PR’ed in the 100 today by over a second. I need to work on my turns and my starts. Those are my two weakest points at the moment.

“I feel the team is swimming the best it can. We definitely lost some of our anchors last year, but I feel we haven’t lost too much progress. I think we’re doing well, putting up a good fight.”

Other Lady Owls in the top two were Kate Connell first in diving with 154.9 points, Krenzley Zumhingst second in the 100 back in 1:15.77, Makenna Greenawalt second in the 100 breast in 1:33.34, and the 200 free relay team of Lillian Simons, Stewart, Ault and Nicholson second in the 200 free relay in 1:57.3.

Seymour coach Dave Boggs said his team is progressing.

“We’re progressing for the most part. We went back in times a little bit tonight, but we’ve been going pretty hard. That first meet they were a little extra excited,” he said. “We’re where we ought to be right now, and we’re progressing well. It’s trying to reinforce good habits, and making sure we’re breaking the bad habits completely and going from there.

“Jeff has some strong individuals but our depth really pulled us through tonight. We’re always looking for surprise, we look all the way to the sectional.”

Both the Seymour boys and girls teams were missing some key individuals because of sickness and other things.

The Owls will swim at Columbus North at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, then will compete in the Indianapolis Pike Invite Saturday, beginning at noon.

“We’re in phase one of training right now,” Boggs said. “We’re trying to get a good aerobic base established for our taper. We’re working on trying to correct technique, both the stroke and with starts and turns. We’re trying to improve every day.”

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