Both the girls’ and boys’ swim teams finished second to Greencastle yesterday at the county meet. Though South had strong finishes in the top three of most events, the Eagles lacked the depth to outscore a strong Tigershark team. Despite the team loss, there were many lifetime best swims and great team energy throughout the meet.
On the girls’ side of the meet, there were several first and second place finishes and a new school record to celebrate. The 200 Medley Relay team of Keira Wells, Abby Teipen, Keeli Pastore and Evvie Timberman set a great tone in the first event by finishing a strong second just off our school record. Timberman went on to win the 50 and 100 freestyle events, swimming lifetime bests and setting a new school record in the 100 free. Sammi Jones was out-touched by a talented Grace Elmore from North in the 200 free, but came back to win the 500 later in the meet against the same opponent. Josie Hutcheson swam PRs in both the 200IM (finishing second) and in the 100 breaststroke, taking all-county honors for that event by .01 over teammate Abby Teipen, who also swam a lifetime best. Other girls’ finishing the day with PRs in their events were Ally Menke in the 200IM, Catherine Hodge, Kendra Young and Kylie Wyatt in the 50 and 100 free, Keira Wells and Rachel Sallee in the 100 fly, and Keeli Pastore (3rd place) in the 100 backstroke.
All-County athletes for the girls’ team are as follows:
Evvie Timberman – 50, 100 free
Sammi Jones – 500 free
Josie Hutcheson – 100 breaststroke
For the guys’ team, Evan Steffy swam extremely well in all of his events, bringing home all-county honors and lifetime best swims in the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke and helping South win the 200 Medley Relay for the second year in a row. Steffy’s 100 breaststroke was also a new meet record. Max Dunaway did an outstanding job of racing in some unfamiliar events, moving up the psych sheet and dropping large amounts of time in both the 200 and 500 freestyle. Zion Harris and Kyle Cunningham were both incredible each time they left the block, lending their efforts to the winning Medley Relay, and swimming fast in their individual events as well. Zion finished third in the 50 and second in the 100 freestyle events, swimming lifetime bests in both. Kyle finished second in the 200IM and 4th in the 100 fly, both personal records. Also swimming lifetime bests were Andrew Carr in the 500 free (a second place finish), Brady Robinson in the 200IM and 100 breaststroke, Daniel Johnson in the 100 breast (3rd), Eric Hinkle in the 100 backstroke (a first place finish), Erik Bagdasaryan in the 50 and 100 free, along with Marcus Robinson and David Lorimer, both in the 100 back.
All-County athletes for the guys’ team are as follows:
200 Medley Relay team of Hinkle, Steffy, Cunningham and Harris
Evan Steffy – 200 free, 100 breaststroke
Lee Haywood – diving
Eric Hinkle – 100 backstroke
The Eagle swimmers now have a longer training block before competition again in January.
Photo credit: Denisa Timberman