At New Albany, their high school’s motto is to “be great.”

However, it wasn’t just the Bulldogs who stood by their motto Saturday.

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Beyond the deafening cheers from the Hoosier Hills Conference swim meet, which could be heard throughout the entire school that supports more than 2,000 students, the Seymour girls swimming team put together their best meet of the season.

“Of our 24 girls, 19 set season or lifetime bests today,” Seymour swimming and diving coach Dave Boggs said. “I was really pleased with the girls. The entire coaching staff was. They swam well they were good on the deck cheering and supporting each other — it was just a really fun day for us.”

The Owls placed third out of eight schools at the meet with 192 points.

Jeffersonville took the HHC with 350 points and Floyd Central garnered second place with 298.

“We don’t really gear a whole lot for the dual meets, so this is kind of like our dress rehearsal for sectional,” Boggs said. “It gives us a pretty good indication of what we’re up against. The girls know that this is a big meet and they needed to raise their game a notch, and they did that today. This was one of the best conference meets in recent history.”

All three of the Owls’ relay teams dropped their times at the meet.

With sectional a month away, the Owls plan to enter their third phase of training.

“I think this will give us a really good start into our final phase of training, which is the taper,” Boggs said. “They were pretty happy coming home on the bus. I think they’re ready to rest for three weeks, get ready for sectional and let it all loose then. We’re really excited for sectional and are hoping to get a few people to state.”

On Tuesday, the Owls will host Columbus East for Senior Night. East finished fifth at the HHC with 123 points.

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“Of our 24 girls, 21 set season or lifetime bests today.”

Jordan Morey is sports editor at The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at or 812-523-7069.