Three years ago, the Seymour swimming and diving staff almost moved Noah Bullard out of the 200 individual medley.
Keeping the senior in the event proved the right decision in his final Hoosier Hills Conference meet.
On Saturday, Bullard won the event in 2:05.68 at the HHC in Jeffersonville.
“His fly got a lot better his sophomore and junior year,” Seymour head coach Dave Boggs said. “He knew that the guy he was racing (for first) was a good in the backstroke. He wanted to be close to him out of there. He then held him off in the freestyle easily. It’s his second fastest time ever. He was very happy with that time.”
Bullard beat out Jeff’s Tonny Beimrohr by three seconds for the individual crown.
The Red Devils finished first in team scoring with 348 points in their home pool, Floyd Central was second scoring 300 and Seymour placed third amassing 173 points.
New Albany (140), Jennings County (125), Bedford North Lawrence (108), Columbus East (90) and Madison (48) rounded-out the bottom five.
Bullard finished second in the 100 breaststroke clocking 1:02.49 and third in the 200 medley relay with teammates Daniel Hartman, Levi Pfaffenberger and Caleb O’Brien (1:47.87).
Hartman also finished fifth in the 100 fly, hitting the final pad in 1:06.26.
In the 400 free relay, Bullard, Pfaffenberger, Skyler Cash and Dalton Polley were fifth at 3:39.67.
Polley, Hartman, O’Brien and Cash finished fifth in the 200 free relay timing 1:39.95.
In the diving well, Devin Ramsey claimed fifth place by scoring 334.00 and Jhonatan Barradas was 10th totaling 200.30 for Seymour. East’s Cordell glass scored an impressive 472.60 to win the event.
“We looked at our seedings and we had some guys swim well in their events that they chose,” Boggs said. “We were happy with our lineups. Unless anything happens with providence, we’re confident in our lineups especially in the relays.
This year’s HHC meet featured a handful of talented underclassmen.
“Five of the top seven boys were freshman in (all) the freestyles,” Boggs said. “I’ve never seen that at the boys’ meet in all my years of coaching. We’re fairly young. We have three good seniors, but we have some freshmen who will step up and get better through age and experience.”
The SHS boys’ team will host Providence on Feb. 8 before the sectional on Feb. 20.
Boggs said that the HHC meet resembles the sectional lineup.
“We put our guys in the strongest events they can be in (at the HHC),” Boggs said. “The sectional is pretty much the HHC minus East and Bedford. Our sectional is probably a little easier than our conference.
“I thought we were going to get third. We swam, well, tired. The next three weeks we have time to rest and fine-tune.”
Seymour’s girls swimming and diving team will compete in the finals of the Floyd Central sectional this Saturday.