Depth was in the Seymour swimming and diving teams’ favor Tuesday night, allowing the Owls to defeat Hoosier Hills Conference opponent New Albany in the Seymour Aquatic Center.
The Seymour boys won 11 of the 12 events for a 117-63 win. The Seymour girls held a 7-5 advantage in first places, but the Owls piled up the seconds and thirds for a 123-57 victory.
Coach Dave Boggs said the Owls are making the progress he wants to see.
“It’s kind of hard to gauge right now because we had two meets last week, and they’re starting to get broken down muscularly,” he said. “I am seeing better improvement, strides being made with the details, the turns, breakouts, breathing and race strategy. We’re learning. We have a lot of new faces. It’s going down the right road right now.”
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The boys (3-1) got their half of the competition started on the right path with Skyler Cash, Jake Vance, Daniel Hartman and Dalton Polley winning the 200 medley relay in 1:52.19.
Polley followed by winning the 200 freestyle in 1:57.92, Hartman won the 200 individual medley in 2:12.73 and Vance won the 50 freestyle in 24.17.
Devin Ramsey scored 250.43 points to easily win diving.
Hartman began the second half of the meet by winning the 100 butterfly in 59.42, Dillon Polley won the 100 freestyle in 55.97, and his twin brother, Dalton, won the 500 freestyle in 5:24.32.
Dillon Polley, Isaiah Sexton, Steve Frohling and Vance teamed up to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:43.88; Vance placed first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.88; and Cash, the two Polleys and Hartman capped the meet by winning the 400 freestyle relay in 3:.42.71.
The Seymour girls (2-2) also grabbed the lead from the start, with Elizabeth Hartman, Bailee Wolfe, Molly Hayes and Alexa McKinney combining to win the medley relay in 2:17.63.
Katie Turner turned in a 2:05.06 to win the 200 freestyle. New Albany won the next two events before Breanna Hammond placed first in diving with a score of 106.73.
The Bulldogs won two more events before Nastya Yakovlyeva won the 500 freestyle in 5:55.34.
Turner won the 100 backstroke in 1:07.85, Kinzie Persinger won the 100 breaststroke in 1:15.96, and Sarah Montgomery, Yakovlyeva, Turner and Persinger teamed up to win the 400 freestyle relay in 4:01.88.
Boggs said since several of his swimmers weren’t being pushed, there weren’t as many time drops as might be expected.
“Some of our better swimmers probably added time, but they really didn’t have anyone to race against,” he said. “When you have somebody right there that is a great motivator, your times or splits get skewed a little bit because of that.”
On Saturday, Seymour will host the annual Super Duals meet. Salem, Scottsburg, Silver Creek, Southwestern (Hanover), Switzerland and South Ripley will compete, beginning at 10 a.m.
“It’s seeded like an invitational, so there’s not assigned lanes. It’s scored out like a six-way dual meet,” Boggs said.