Seymour’s aquatics center overflowed with patrons, with the Owls hosting Columbus East on senior night.
Seymour head coach Dave Boggs, the longest tenured coach currently at the school, hadn’t seen a crowd like the one the pool and diving facility boasted Tuesday.
“It was the largest crowd at Seymour High School — ever,” Boggs said, estimating there were 400 fans in attendance. “There’s no doubt; I’ve never seen it that full. It has been fantastic this year. It’s great for our teams and visiting teams to have a crowd. It’s awesome, it’s great; I think our kids perform better when it’s that way. The kids feel appreciated for what they do, getting the notoriety and attention.”
Seymour dominated East on the night, with the girls winning 111-69 and the boys triumphing 111-75.
The girls won eight of 12 total events, while the boys took 10 of 12.
Katie Turner won the 200-yard freestyle (two minutes, 6.33 seconds) and the 100 backstroke (1:04.68)
In the 500 freestyle, the Owls took the top three spots, led by Nastya Yakovlyeva (5:51.76) and followed by Libby Rohr (6:06.73) and Marcegui Vasquez Osorio (6:13.59).
Seymour’s Kenzie Persinger hit the final wall first in the 100 freestyle (57.17) and 100 breaststroke (1:13.53).
Turner, Persinger, Yakovlyeva and Sarah Montgomery teamed-up to win the200 medley relay in 1:58.19.
Boggs said that he was proud of how the girls swam considering the Hoosier Hills Conference meet was Tuesday.
“They responded fantastically,” Boggs said. “I thought there could be a letdown. I didn’t see that — they raced them. I was extremely proud of them. They swam their butts off tonight, and that showed me a lot of character about my teams.”
On the boys side, Daniel Hartman came in first for the Owls in the 200 individual medley (2:10.79) and 100 butterfly (58.32).
Dalton Polley also took a pair of events for the Owls, placing first in the 200 freestyle (1:55.35) and 500 freestyle (5:15.16).
Jake Vance claimed the 100 breaststroke (1:06.34) and 50 freestyle (23.46) for the Owls.
Skyler Cash finished on top in the 100 backstroke (1:03.95).
In the diving well, Seymour Devin Ramsey scored 265.85 for first place.
Vance, Hartman, Polley and Cash combined for 1:48.97 to win the 200 medley relay.
“It was two different tales tonight,” Boggs said. “The boys hadn’t swam in 12 days, so they were ready to go. The girls, they had the ‘phantom’ ice storm on Saturday and had to race at Hoosier Hills Conference Tuesday.”