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The Seymour swim teams closed out the first half of their season Saturday morning by defeating Jennings County at the Seymour Aquatic Center.

The boys won eight individual events and two relays for a 118-66 win, while the Seymour girls won seven individual events and all three relays for a 124-58 win in front of a packed crowd.

The Seymour boys have a record of 10-1, while the girls are 9-2 at the break.

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Owls coach Dave Boggs said his team is headed in the right direction for the second half of the season.

“We swam kind of tired today,” he said. “We swam strong events today because we swam off last week (during the Seymour duals), and I didn’t want to give them five weeks off between their best event swims.

“We had to go strong today. I don’t ever want to take Jennings County lightly. We wanted to go at it.”

Katie Turner, Kenzie Persinger, Sarah Montgomery and Nastya Yakovlyeva helped get the Seymour girls off to a good start by winning the 200 medley relay in 2:01.08.

Turner followed up by winning the 200 freestyle in 2:07.99, and later in the meet she placed first in the 100 free in 58.77.

Persinger won the 50 free in 26.47, and the 100 breast in 1:15.92, and Montgomery won the 100 butterfly in 1:03.65, and the 100 backstroke in 1:09.87.

The closest race of the day was the girls’ 500 free where Panther Ashton Koons timed a 5:51.96 and Yakovlyeva swam 5:51.99.

The 200 individual medley was also close with Sierra Bott of Jennings County edging Molly Hayes of Seymour 2:34.57 to 2:34.99.

Turner, Hayes, Alexa McKinney and Persinger won the 200 free relay in 1:51.51, and Yakovlyeva, Libby Rohr, McKinney and Montgomery combined to win the 400 free relay in 4:10.29.

Skyler Cash, Jake Vance, Daniel Hartman and Dalton Polley helped the Owls boys get off to a good start by winning the medley relay in 1:50.57.

Polley won the 200 free in 2:01.68 and the 500 free in 5:40.64, Hartman won the IM in 2:13.84 and the 100 fly in 59.4, Cash won the 100 back with a 1:05.91, and Vance won the 100 breast in 1:06.93,

Devin Ramsey rounded out Seymour’s individual firsts by winning diving with a score of 259.0.

Pfaffenberger, Dillon Polley, Cash and Vance combined to swim 1:44.28 to win the 200 free relay.

“We had a hard week. We’re in the middle of finals, and I think we’re getting tired and we’re getting broken down right now,” Boggs said. “I’m seeing a lot of improvement on details. Some of the things we stress are definitely getting better. We’re definitely going down the right road with that.”

The swimmers will have a lot of long, hard workouts over the holiday break.

“We’ll pound them with yards, with quality,” Boggs said. “We’ve still got to refine things, polish things up a little bit. We’ve got to get some work in and get to that next phase of training and get ready to head into our taper.”

Seymour’s next meet will be Jan. 7 at Floyd Central.

“We’ll separate Jan. 9. The boys and girls will do separate tapers,” Boggs said. The boys will be in their lanes, the girls will be in their lanes.”

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