For the first time ever, a pair of Jackson County high school boys swimming and diving teams took to the pool in competition.
Seymour welcomed Trinity Lutheran and Providence on Monday for a tri-meet.
Seymour was the only school with a full team, and easily took the meet over the visitors, taking first place in 11 of 12 events.
The last dual of the season, Owls coach Dave Boggs said he looked for any surprises before the postseason.
“It was the last chance for cuts and events,” Boggs said. “We swam well tonight. We were a little tired, which we should be. I think we look pretty good based on where we are right now.”
Trinity Lutheran High School is in their first year with a program.
Three individuals won two events each for the Owls.
The Owls’ foursome of Luke Turner, Eric Blacklidge, Jake Vance and Dillon Polley won the 200 medley relay in 1:55.01.
Daniel Hartman won the 200 freestyle (1:58.63)and 100 backstroke (1:03.27) for the Owls.
Jake Vance also won a pair of events for the Owls, taking both the 200 individual medley (2:22.38) and 100 freestyle (52.35).
Skyler Cash took the 500 freestyle (5:26.81) and 100 butterfly (1:01.46).
The Owls’ Devin Ramsey scored an impressive 292.85 to win diving and Steve Frohling claimed first in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.21).
Ramsey, the 2017 Hoosier Hills Conference champion, scored a new personal best for a dual.
“(Ramsey) tried to throw the hardest list he could,” Boggs said. “That way, he can go into competition knowing he can do it. Mentally, that’s a big thing. That’s what it’s about this time of year.”
Grant Handloser, Brady Westfall, Jackson Boyt and Polley teamed up to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:50.20.
The 400 freestyle relay also went to the Owls, as Trent Hohenstreiter, Donovan Gabbard, Lee Freeman and Daniel Hartman combined for 4:16.32.
Like the girls’ team, the Seymour boys finished their 2016-17 season with a record of 13-3.
The Owls are off until the Floyd Central Sectional prelims, slated for Feb. 16. The finals will be held Feb. 18.
“We’re going to back off our yardage and intensity,” Boggs said. “We want to get our energy and strength back. We will work on the mental aspect a little bit and get ready for sectional.
“We just try to raise the bar for championship meets. We tell them that we can’t treat conference and sectionals like another dual meet because it’s not.”
Trinity’s Matt Stuckwisch won the 50 freestyle in 23.45 and was second in the breaststroke, timing 1:12.32.
Cougars coach Jennifer Brinegar said she was impressed with Stuckwisch’s effort.
“Matt’s 50 free was awesome,” she said. “There a few things we would like to see him work on leading up to sectional. We just want to tweak on the little things to make them faster.”
The Cougars’ Spencer Muhlbach placed fifth in the 100 freestyle (1:09.16) and sixth for the 100 breaststroke (1:23.61).
All-around, Brinegar thought both boys competed well.
“I was really impressed with how they swam,” Brinegar said. “Spencer got his best time in the 100 and dropped at least three seconds. They both swam the butterfly for the first time in a meet, and for Spencer, the first time in his life.”
Trinity’s boys will compete in the upcoming Columbus North Sectional.
“I’m really excited about the two, maybe three, weeks of swimming,” Brinegar said. “Everything seems to be coming together well.”