During the past five years, Seymour swimming and diving coach Dave Boggs always stresses the same goals to his athletes at the annual ‘S’ Invitational: Have fun and compete with one another.
The Owls once again dominated their home event, sweeping all six dual meets on both sides of the competition against visitors Scottsburg, Salem, Silver Creek, South Ripley, Southwestern and Switzerland County.
“It kind of gets us ready for a big-meet atmosphere before conference,” Boggs said. “It also give the smaller schools a chance to have a big meet in preparation for the sectional. It’s a fun meet before Christmas break. I think it’s a good event for us to have.
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“We had another great crowd today. That always make it fun for it. Today the stands were full again and it’s really nice to see.”
On the girls’ side, Katie Turner placed first in the 500 freestyle in 5:34.28.
In the 200 individual medley, Mary Kate Pritchett’s time of 2:29.96 topped the competition.
Nastya Yakovleyva picked up another first place for the Owls in the 100 backstroke by clocking 1:10.71.
In the diving well, Joey Cole was first for the Owls scoring 218:48.
Turner and Yakovleyva joined Alexa McKinney and Marcegui Vasquez Osorio to claim first in the 200 freestyle relay.
Pritchett, Molly Hayes, Lou Anne Horaru and Kenzie Persinger claimed first in the 400 freestyle relay combining for a time of 4:08.90.
The team of Turner, Pritchett, Yakovleyva and Alexis Anders helped sweep the relays by finishing first in 2:01.74.
Seymour’s boys team notched first in nine of the day’s 12 events.
The individual free style events saw three Owls claim first.
Levi Pfaffenberger topped the 100 in 55.18, Dalton Polley garnered first in the 200 timing 2:03.60 and Noah Bullard hit the pad first in 5:24.69 for the 500.
In the 100 backstroke, Skyler Cash was first in 1:04.36.
Freshman Daniel Hartman finished in the top spot for the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.27.
Devin Ramsey, who has finished first in diving all but one meet, scored a 319.72 as the top diver.
The Owls’ boys team won all the relay events.
“We swam tired, but well,” Boggs said. “We did a nice workout before the meet started. They still swam well. The details are getting better. I think we’re on track right now.
“We mixed up the relays (boys and girls) a little bit and the kids had fun with it. We have challenge races between our kids. They get excited racing each other. They’re very positive racing each other, and I’m very proud of that.”