For The Tribune

The Seymour girls swim team closed out its home schedule in grand style Monday night by defeating overmatched Providence 133-30.

Providence only had six girls compete, and the Owls finished 13-2 in dual meets.

Coach Dave Boggs placed members of his team in events they don’t normally compete, and they still won all nine individual events and all three relays.

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“It was a fun meet for the girls,” he said. “It’s a chance to get their name on announcements, and make the top 40 wall downstairs. It’s our last chance to find any surprises and improve seed times for sectionals, a little bit of everything really.

“We basically try to get some of our newer kids a chance to get some points and get some glory tonight.”

Alexis Anders, the only senior on the team, helped the Owls get off to a good start by teaming with Katie Turner, Sarah Montgomery and Nastya Yakovlyeva to win the 200 medley relay.

Anders came right back and won the 50 free, and she swam on the 400 free relay that placed second.

“This pool has a lot of good memories,” she said. “It’s really sad. It’s bitter sweet for this to be my last home meet.

“I’ve made so many good friends here, and coaches I’ll never forget. Dave (Boggs, head coach) really knows what he’s doing. Sometimes we complain, but in the end he does what’s best for us.

Other individual firsts came from Lesley Dailey in the 100 free, Alexa McKinney in the 200 free, Mary Kate McKinney in the 500 free, Arielle Skinner in the 100 back, Cherish Bryant in the 100 breast, Molly Hayes in the 100 butterfly, Marcegui Vasquez Osorio in the 200 individual medley, and Joey Cole in diving.

Turner, Montgomery, Yakovlyeva and Persinger won the 200 and 400 free relays.

Next up for the Seymour girls will be the sectional at Floyd Central on Feb. 4 and 6.

“Right now we’re about halfway through our taper,” Boggs said. “We’re just resting, fine-tuning, polishing up, getting our head screwed on right, getting motivated, just everything for us to excel at sectionals.”

The boys will next compete in the Hoosier Hills Conference meet at Jeffersonville. The diving prelims will be at 6 p.m. Thursday and the swimming will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.