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Record-breaking performance for NH
Seitz part of 4 records

by Brian Smith

January 28, 2014

North Harrison’s Bailey Seitz, left, and Brittany McCarty talk to one another after Seitz set a Mid-Southern Conference record in the 100-yard freestyle Thursday in Salem.
Although the fans were separated by glass windows from the lap pool at Salem Middle School, there was plenty of buzz among the North Harrison swimmers at Thursday's Mid-Southern Conference girls' swimming meet.

Each race that a North Harrison swimmer entered the pool, there was a score of teammates cheering at the end of the first 25 yards.

Using depth and four MSC-record breaking performances, the Lady Cats easily cruised to the program's first conference championship.

"We finally came out on top," said seventh-year coach Andy Pappano. "This group of girls is fantastic. The team was so deep there was no stopping them. When you are able to enter the max of three in each individual event and be able to score high in every event, the girls knew they'd be in good position."

As a team, the Lady Cats finished with 304 points, well ahead of second-place finisher Scottsburg (229). Salem (200-1/2) placed third, while Corydon Central (197-1/2) was fourth among the six teams.

A year ago it was a 7-1/2-point differential between North Harrison and Scottsburg, with the Warriorettes on the winning end.

"It's the first time in school history for us, so pretty proud of that," Pappano said. "This is my seventh year, so it has been a long time coming. I'm proud, especially coming back after being so close last year."

Leading the way for the Lady Cats was junior standout Bailey Seitz. She placed first in all four events she entered, two as an individual and two with a relay team, all of which set MSC records.

"Everyone was doing what they were supposed to and what we practiced," Seitz said. "We have a great coach who had coached us to get to where we are at this point in the season. We knew that finally, after so long, we'd get this."

Seitz's first swim came in the 50-yard freestyle. In the sprint, Seitz swam away from the competition in 25.80 seconds, besting the previous mark set by Corydon Central's Katie Saulman in 2008 by 0.08 second.

North Harrison teammates Natalie Hollensead and Payton Fravel weren't far behind Seitz on the podium, taking third and fourth place, respectively.

Two events later, Seitz won going away in the 100 free. Her time of 57.48 seconds shattered the old record of 1:00.3 set last year by Salem's Kayla Smith.

In the 100 free, North Harrison's Brittany McCarty (1:07.95) and Fravel (1:08.78) placed third and fourth, respectively.

Seitz wasn't the lone Lady Cat to earn a top spot as an individual. Sophomore Abigail Purser touched the wall first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:10.34, winning by nearly a full second over Salem's Sydney Calhoun.

Relay wins for North Harrison came in the freestyle events. Meredith Ingle, Purser, Hollensead and Seitz teamed to break one of the oldest MSC records in the 200 free relay. Their combined time of 1:51.74 bettered the 2007 record set by Silver Creek by two seconds.

The same foursome returned to the pool in the meet-ending event to put the final touches on the MSC title in the 400 free relay. Seitz handled the anchor leg to complete the distance race in 4:14.15, breaking the 4:15.89 mark set by Scottsburg last year.

"It means a lot," Seitz said of the records. "Coming into today, I didn't have any conference records. I've tried to get all of our high school records, which is a big thing for me, but I'm most proud of the relay records. We're a family, like sisters that argue but love each other. I'm glad we got the relay records, and the individual records is just icing on the cake."

"Bailey Seitz led the way, coming out with two individual records, the 50 and 100 free. She anchored both the 200 and 400 free relay that also set records," Pappano said. "It was pretty amazing."

North Harrison's 200 medley relay team of Alexis Curts, Addie Hampton, Amara Santiesteban and Fravel placed third with a time of 2:21.92.

Purser also picked up a second-place finish in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:12.23.

Completing a solid day overall was Ingle as well. She took second place in the 200 freestyle (2:15.61) and 500 freestyle (6:06.39). North Harrison's Sydney Ganote was fourth in the 200 individual medley, swimming the four disciplines in 2:56.62.

Following the announcements of the team scores, the Lady Cat swimmers, along with supporters from the boys' side, pushed their coach into the pool to celebrate.

"When you win the big meets, you go in the water," Pappano said. "It feels pretty good."

"I'm really happy for my team," Seitz said. "The girls worked really hard this season and offseason. They really wanted it and went out to accomplish this goal."

Seitz now turns her focus on attempting to reach the state meet.

"We have sectional in a few weeks, and I'm looking to qualify in the top eight to qualify for the finals the next day," she said. "I'm looking forward to, hopefully, getting a state (standard) time. I'm training hard for that."

The state standard in the 50 free is 24.30 seconds.

Corydon Central had a pair of second-place individual efforts. Zoe Pierce swam to the runner-up spot in the 100 freestyle in 1:05.83. Part of a wild finish in the 100 breaststroke, Corydon Central's Ashley Strange finished in a dead-heat for second with Salem's Haley Motsinger with a time of 1:24.26. The pair were less than a second behind winner Sydney Calhoun (Salem).

Pierce also took fourth in the 100 backstroke, while Strange held for fourth in the 500 freestyle.

Lady Panther swimmer Amanda Wells placed third in a pair of events, the 200 individual medley (2:55.26) and the 100 butterfly (1:16.26).

In relays, Corydon Central's team of Madeline Zink, Pierce, Wells and Strange placed second (2:17.28) in the 200 medley. The Lady Panthers were third in the 200 and 400 freestyle team events.

The boys' MSC title will be up for grabs tomorrow (Thursday) when Corydon Central hosts the event at the YMCA of Harrison County.

The girls' swimming sectional will take place Thursday, Feb. 6, (swimming preliminaries) and Saturday, Feb. 8, (diving, swimming consolations and finals). Admission is $6 per session and $9 both sessions.

To advance to state, swimmers must place first in their respective event or equal the state time standard in their respective event.

Corydon Central, Lanesville and North Harrison will be among 16 schools competing at the Floyd Central sectional to be held at Highland Hills Middle School.

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Team scores: 1. North Harrison 304, 2. Scottsburg 229, 3. Salem 200.5, 4. Corydon Central 197.5, 5. Silver Creek 109, 6. Charlestown 24.

Individual results: 200 medley relay 1. Salem (E. Motsinger, S. Calhoun, H. Motsinger, M. Kalb) 2:08.8, 2. Corydon Central, 3. North Harrison; 200 free 1. M. Collins (Sco) 2:07.13, 2. M. Ingle (NH); 3. K. Hahn (Sco); 200 IM 1. K. Sullivan (SiCr) 2:39.09, 2. H. Motsinger (Sa), 3. A. Wells (CC); 50 free 1. B. Seitz (NH) 25.8, 2. E. Motsinger (Sa), 3. N. Hollensead (NH); 100 fly 1. A. Purser (NH) 1:10.34, 2. S. Calhoun (Sa), 3. A. Wells (CC); 100 free 1. B. Seitz (NH) 57.48, 2. Z. Pierce (CC), 3. B. McCarty (NH); 500 free 1. M. Collins (Sco) 5:44.03, 2. M. Ingle (NH), 3. M. Peters (Sco); 200 free relay 1. North Harrison (A. Purser, M. Ingle, N. Hollensead, B. Seitz) 1:51.74, 2. Scottsburg, 3. Corydon Central; 100 back 1. E. Motsinger (Sa) 1:08.7, 2. A. Purser (NH), 3. K. Sullivan (SiCr); 100 breast 1. S. Calhoun (Sa) 1:23.37, 2t. A. Strange (CC), 2t. H. Motsinger (Sa); 400 free relay 1. North Harrison (A. Purser, N. Hollensead, M. Ingle, B. Seitz) 4:14.15, 2. Scottsburg, 3. Corydon Central.