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February 05, 2014 | 12:05 PM
Coming into the swimming season, Corydon Central senior Cole McKiever admitted to having reservations about whether the Panthers could win another Mid-Southern Conference swimming title.
After all, the four-year letter winner had been part of three previous MSC titles.
Thursday, McKiever and the Corydon Central swimmers relished in a four-peat, taking the MSC title once again. They were able to edge out rival Scottsburg in points, 262-240. Silver Creek (162) was a distant third, while North Harrison (102) placed fifth.
"I've been with some really strong teams my four years," McKiever said. "At the beginning of the season, I thought it was going to be tough to get this one, but we really progressed. I could see it coming."
Corydon Central's Cole McKiever, above, gets into the set position before taking off in the 100-yard backstroke. The senior went on to win the event at the Mid-Southern Conference Meet. (click for larger version)
McKiever and classmate Nick Smythe were two of the top dogs at conference. Both Corydon Central swimmers recorded two individual wins each along with partnering up for a 200-yard medley relay victory.
"Cole has always been technically natural with the strokes," Corydon Central coach Loretta Ettinger said. "Nick has come a long way. It's been a great four years, so it's why we are so excited."
The meet started off with a bang for the Panthers, as they took the medley. Kyle McPhillips and Ethan Haverty joined McKiever and Smythe in the pool to run away with the event. The foursome completed the four swimming disciplines in 1:55.82, five seconds ahead of Scottsburg's team.
Keeping the momentum going, McKiever swam the 200 individual medley, winning in 2:14.78. It was an event McKiever doesn't typically swim at meets but, due to team strategy, he stepped up for the Panthers.
"We worked together this year trying to decide what his relays and events he could swim," Ettinger said. "We pulled the IM out of him, an event he doesn't normally swim. He said he would try it."
The time nearly set a school record.
This season, McKiever has set school marks in the backstroke and breaststroke.
"I was expecting to be a little better in the IM," he said. "I was about half a second off the school record, but I won't complain; it was the best time of the day by plenty."
Later in the meet, McKiever made it a sweep, taking the 100 backstroke by nearly six seconds, 1:01.09. McPhillips would place third (1:13.05) in the race.
Smythe showed his best in the 100 free and the 100 breaststroke.
In the freestyle event, Smythe led from the start, finishing in 55.57 seconds. Smythe was the final individual winner at the meet, taking the breaststroke in 1:13.60. He was locked in a battle with Silver Creek's Trevor Teague to the end, edging him out by less than half a second.
"Nick had done really well this year and showed it today," Ettinger said.
Haverty nearly scored a win in the 50 freestyle before settling for second place. He touched the final wall in the sprint in 25.98 seconds. Two events later, Haverty took fourth in the 100 freestyle.
In relays outside of the medley, the Panthers took second in the 200 (1:52.05) and 400 (3:58.99) frees. The team of Ayden Dunaway, Brian Wood, Joseph Brann and Max Glordan swam the 200, while Haverty, Smythe, McPhillips and McKiever took part in the 400.
Brann had a third-place finish in the 100 butterfly (1:17.23), while Glordan was fourth in the 200 free (2:26.91).
Coming away with the win for the Panthers involved strategy as far as which event to enter swimmers.
"We didn't have the depth we normally do," McKiever said of the 10-member team. "Last year, we had a big team and the year before an even bigger team to make it easier on us. There was a lot of strategy for this one, planning the meet and which events we would enter. Loretta does a great job with that. We needed strong swims to pull it through, and the guys came through."
"We worried because we had an uncertainty because Ethan Haverty had a death in the family, so he almost didn't come but we worked it out," Ettinger said.
McKiever said winning MSC for the fourth time in a row was "an awesome feeling." He's still undecided on which events to enter come sectional, but figures the backstroke or breaststroke will be certain.
North Harrison had one top individual, coming in the 100 butterfly. Andrew Robertson went out fast and held off Charlestown's Chris Spencer for the victory. In the fly, Robertson swam in 1:15.75.
The Cougars also used a strong effort by Jacob Jenks in the 100 free, placing third with a time of 59.99 seconds. Gary Young was fourth in the 50 free, sprinting in 26.84 seconds, for North Harrison.
In relay events, North Harrison's best showing was third in the 400 free with the team of Cody Bennett, Young, Robertson and Jenks swimming in 4:37.10.
Sixteen schools, including Corydon Central, Lanesville and North Harrison, will take part in the Floyd Central Sectional at Highland Hills Middle School.
The boys' swimming and diving sectional will take place Thursday, Feb. 20, (swimming preliminaries) and Saturday, Feb. 22 (diving, swimming consolations and finals). Admission is $6 per session and $9 for both sessions.
To advance to state, swimmers must place first in their respective event or equal the state time standard in their respective event.
Team results – 1. Corydon Central 262, 2. Scottsburg 240, 3. Silver Creek 162, 4. Salem 126, 5. North Harrison 102, 6. Charlestown 95.
Individual results: 200 medley relay – 1. Corydon Central (K. McPhillips, N. Smythe, C. McKiever, E. Haverty) 1:55.82, 2. Scottsburg, 3. Silver Creek; 200 free – 1. K. Harrison (Sco) 2:00.78, 2. B. Brooks (Chas), 3. C. Nott (Sco); 200 IM – 1. C. McKiever (CC) 2:14.47, 2. B. Hale (Sco), 3. L. Elliot (Sco); 50 free – 1. J. Taylor (Sa) 25.42, 2. E. Haverty (CC), 3. J. Fetter (SiCr); 100 fly – 1. A. Robertson (NH) 1:15.75, 2. C. Spencer (Chas), 3. J. Brann (CC); 100 free – 1. N. Smythe (CC) 55.57, 2. D. Dewitt (SiCr), 3. J. Jenks (NH); 500 free – 1. K. Harrison (Sco) 5:32.09, 2. J. Day (Sa), 3. L. Elliot (Sco); 200 free relay – 1. Silver Creek (D. Dewitt, T. Teague, J. Fetter, Q. Lyninger) 1:47.79, 2. Corydon Central, 3. Salem; 100 back – 1. C. McKiever (CC) 1:01.09, 2. B. Hale (Sco), 3. K. McPhillips (CC); 100 breast – 1. N. Smythe (CC) 1:13.60, 2. T. Teague (SiCr), 3. J. Fetter (SiCr); 400 free relay – 1. Scottsburg (T. Burr, B. Hale, L. Elliot, K. Harrison) 3:55.65, 2. Corydon Central, 3. North Harrison.