For The Tribune
Seniors Lillie Hartman, Allison Hayes, Alex Helt and Lauren Findley closed out the home portion of their swim careers helping the Seymour girls’ swim team defeat Providence 136-25 on Monday night.
That group placed second in the opening event, the medley relay, as their teammates Ellen Stuckwisch, Alexa McKinney, Alexis Anders and Mary Kate Pritchett garnered first place.
Hartman won the 100 backstroke and was on the 400 relay team that placed second, Hayes was second in the 200 individual medley, Helt was second in the 100 butterfly and swam on the winning 200 free relay unit, and Findley was second in the 50 free.
“The seniors have been very good leaders,” Owls coach Dave Boggs said. “They lead the team in the water, on dry land, and even in the classroom. They’ve been outstanding.”
Seymour won every swimming event, as Providence only had four swimmers and a diver.
A Providence diver placed first since the Owls did not have a diver.
Other Owls placing first individually were Cherish Bryant in the 50 free, Kenzie Persinger in the 100 free, Katie Turner in the 200 free, Molly Hayes in the 500 free, Pritchett in the 100 breaststroke, Nastya Yakovlyeva in the 200 butterfly, and Sarah Montgomery in the 200 individual medley.
Boggs said he and the team looks forward to the Providence meet at the end of each season.
“Usually in this meet we try to answer any last-minute questions for our sectional lineup, which is due Thursday,” he said. “We just try to make sure we’re set with everything, give a couple kids a last chance to earn a sectional spot and go from there.”
The girls finished with the regular season at 12-3.
“These girls have had a very good season,” Boggs said. “I’m very proud of these girls. The swam fabulous at the (Hoosier Hills Conference) meet a couple weeks ago. It’s been a really good year for them. This is the program’s 21st consecutive winning record.”
The girls will continue to prepare for the Floyd Central Sectional on Feb. 5 and 7.
“They will be resting, fine-tuning, getting their iPads out and doing some tapering, and just try to make sure we got rid of all the glitches and everything is firing and ready to go,” Boggs said.