Owls drop Olympians on Senior Night

The Seymour swimming pool hosted a Hoosier Hills Conference showdown on Monday night, and the pool deck was packed with fans.

Following a senior night tribute, the Owls stood firm by defeating Columbus East’s girls team 115 to 68 and its boys squad 105-79.

The Owls put on a commanding performance, finishing first in 18 of 24 events.

“For the boys, this was the last big obstacle and they flew with flying colors,” Owls coach Dave Boggs said. “We didn’t want to look behind the meets this week. Now we will return our attention to conference. It’s probably going to be Floyd Central and Jeffersonville at one and two, and three through six will be a toss up.”

In the girls 200 medley relay, the team of Katie Turner, Alexis Anders, Sarah Montgomery and Kenzie Persinger placed first with a time of 1:57.15. The Olympians earned a second-place finish as Becca Smith, Abby Frazier, Raegan Bradley and Cortney VanLiew finished in 2:08.41.

VanLiew garnered first place honors in both the 100 butterfly (1:02) and the 200 individual medley (2:24.92) to lead the Olympians girls’ team. Charlie Rix took the 100 butterfly for the Olympian boys at 1:02.48.

In the diving well, the Olympians earned a first-place finish from Emily Clancy, who scored 202.65. Cordell Glass won the boys portion for the Olympians, scoring 280.25.

A final first-place for the Olympians came behind the boys 400 freestyle relay team of Jake Smith, Charlie Rix, Joe Krause and Sam Lewis.

The boys 200 medley went to the Owls, as Caleb O’Brien, Noah Bullard, Steve Frohling and Jake Vance timed 1:52.46.

Clocking in at 2:11.29, the Owls’ Allison Hayes finished top dog in the girls 200 freestyle.

“As far as the girls, they were really up last Saturday at conference — which is what we wanted,” Boggs said. “At Bedford (earlier in the week) it was a little bit of a letdown. I was pleased with how they responded tonight.”

Skyler Cash took the 200 freestyle for the Owls, clocking in at 2:01.58, and the 500 freestyle finishing at 5:27.32.

For the 50 freestyle, Jon Montgomery earned an Owls first place nod with a time of 22.73. Montgomery also finished with the fastest time in the 100 freestyle at 50.75.

The Owls’ Caleb O’Brien took the backstroke in 1:05.74 and Alexis Anders took the breaststroke portion of the meet with a time of 1:13.83.

Noah Bullard took the final individual first-place finish for the Owls in the 100 breaststroke, timing 1:14.16.

Coach Boggs was awarded a plaque for his milestone 500th victory back in December by Seymour Athletic Director Brandon Harpe prior to the races.

“We had a great crowd,” Boggs said. “This is probably the biggest crowd I’ve seen here in 31 years and we really appreciate the fans coming out and supporting us.”

Next weekend, the boys swimming and diving HHC finals will be hosted by Floyd Central high school.

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