Lady Cats swim to Senior Day win; CC boys on top
The North Harrison Lady Cats and Corydon Central Panthers had big days Saturday as they won their divisions at the North Harrison Senior Day swim meet at the YMCA of Harrison County in Corydon. The Lady Cats won 10 of 11 events, and the Corydon Central boys’ team won five events.
‘The girls always come out and give a great performance,’ North Harrison swim coach Andy Pappano said. ‘They’re a great group of girls. They’re always working hard. I don’t know all the good things I can say about them.’
‘They’re doing really well,’ Corydon Central coach Loretta Ettinger said. ‘I have a pretty young team, so we’re kind of growing again. They’re strong swimmers, and they’re starting to figure it out. We only have one senior this year, Kyle McPhillips, so it’s been a little hard for the younger ones to take the leadership roles. You usually have a bunch of seniors and you never have to worry about that. Their turns come early.’
The Lady Cats did a lot of damage early, setting a new school record in the first event, the 200-yard medley relay, finishing first in a time of 2:03. Corydon Central was second (2:18.35) and North Harrison’s second team was third at 2:30.09.
‘We even dropped two seconds again on our medley,’ North Harrison senior Bailey Seitz said. ‘We were pretty proud of that. (Pappano) had been switching up relays and we had our original team back, so we’re doing our own strokes again. So, we were very excited. I was glad because it’s like family. I was glad to have everybody back together.’
The Corydon Central boys’ team also won its category with a time of 2:03.22.
In the first individual event, North Harrison’s Abigail Purser scored a win in the 200 freestyle, swimming the distance in 2:39.03. In the boys’ event, Corydon Central’s Joseph Brann finished second in a time of 2:30.87.
Seitz won her first event in the 200 individual medley, swimming the distance in a time of 2:26.33. In the boys’ division, North Harrison’s Dylan Shaffer completed the event, finishing first in 1:19.81.
‘I was just wanting to come out and swim my best times; swim good in my events,’ Seitz said. ‘I wasn’t sure with Fort Knox being here because we only swam against them once. I tried not to think about who all was here. They’re a good team. They’ve got size like we do.’
Seitz immediately came back to win her favorite event, the 50 freestyle, in a time of 25.72 seconds. North Harrison’s Natalie Hollensead was second at 26.77. South Central’s Kaylynn Lillpop was third at 28.66, and Corydon Central’s Zoe Pierce was fourth at 29.83. North Harrison’s Addie Hampton was fifth at 29.84.
‘I didn’t eat anything this morning because I was nervous.’ Seitz said. ‘I have a good attachment to the team, my coach and everything. I don’t want the season to end. I was happy at the same time because it’s Senior Day to be sort of recognized. Then, we got to the flower store and they mess up the flowers. It was about to go down then. I thought, ‘This can’t be happening.’ Then my mom came to the rescue.’
South Central’s Kenny Deatrick scored a win for the Rebels in the boys’ 50 freestyle (25.13 seconds). Corydon Central’s Ayden Dunaway was third in 26.17. The Lady Cats’ Meredith Ingle scored big in two events, winning the 100 butterfly in 1:14.20 and then dominated the 500 freestyle in 6:05.18.
‘It’s really hard,’ Ingle said of the 500. ‘I love the event though. It’s a test of strength and durability and your mind. When you’re out there, you ask yourself, ‘Can I finish this? Am I going to be able to do this? Am I going to break a certain time?’ ‘
Ingle said she practices for the 500-yard event by swimming 7,000 yards in practice (almost five miles).
‘The 500 yards feels much easier when you look at nearly four miles of swimming in practice,’ Ingle said. ‘The last hundred is usually the worst hundred because you’re supposed to sprint it. Once you hit the 400 mark, you’re pretty much done. It’s just mind over matter.’
Corydon Central’s Caleb Strange had the unfortunate task of swimming the 500 by himself with no other competitors in the pool. Strange still had a solid time of 5:56.11 to go in the books.
‘I felt pretty good,’ Strange said. ‘You have to have your mindset pretty high if you want to do good … Not being motivated is very hard when there’s nobody behind you. Everyone is looking at you rather than a whole pool of people. But when you’re by yourself, it’s just on you.’
‘That’s really one of his best strokes,’ Ettinger said of Strange. ‘He loves it, so I was really thrilled with the team cheering him on. They had him at both ends. It is difficult to do it by yourself, to get motivated to do, to keep going and pull down a good time.’
Hollensead got an individual win in the 100 freestyle, covering the distance in a time of 1:07.78. Hollensead was also on the record-setting 200 medley relay and 400 yard freestyle relay teams.
‘I felt awesome because we’ve all been working really hard,’ Hollensead said. ‘For the past few weeks, we’ve all been motivating each other. We know we’ve been getting a lot better toward the peak of the season. We want to break the records that nobody else can touch them … We were just going for the record. It’s nice to have people to push you but, when you’re going for the record, that’s pretty much all you’re thinking about.’
The Lady Panthers won the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 2:00.67 with North Harrison second in 2:08.02. Corydon Central also won the boys’ event with a time of 1:49.22. In the 100 backstroke, North Harrison’s Purser took home first place in 1:11.64. South Central’s Lillpop finished second at 1:17.69. The Corydon Central boys swept the 100 backstroke as McPhillips was first (1:09.46) with Max Glordan second in 1:10.56.
North Harrison got a win in the 100 breaststroke (1:24. 59) as Shannia Austin took the top spot. Corydon Central’s Ashley Strange was second (1:28.47), North Harrison’s Alaina Sears third (1:34.79) and Corydon Central’s Maddie Zink fourth (1:34.90).
North Harrison and Corydon Central both celebrated wins in the final event, the 400 freestyle relay. The Lady Cats finished first time a time of 4:31.48, while the Panthers finished in 5:03.26.
‘The medley relay was a school record,’ Pappano said. ‘The relay came out and dropped another two seconds for a school record. They’ve been breaking records all year. I expect them to keep doing it. They always come out and try their hardest. There’s never a day when they hear any belly-aching. They step up and do their best every chance they get in the water. I couldn’t ask for any more than that.’
Ettinger was most happy with Gloria Harper, who was second in the 200 freestyle, second in the 400 relay and second in the 500 freestyle. She also anchored her team to a win in the 200 freestyle relay.
‘She’s really coming into her (time),’ said Ettinger of Harper. ‘She swam the 500 and she swam the 200 freestyle. Even though people don’t think it’s hard, they really are. When you compare the 50, when you get really competitively, the 500 and 200 really are sprints. So, she’s coming into hers this year. She’s breaking through that wall.’
‘My boys did a great job today,’ Pappano said. ‘Dylan Shaffer got the school record for the 200 individually medley. That was a school record, which had stood for quite a few years now. He knocked that out. He just missed it again in his 100 butterfly. Everybody dropped time today. We had a lot of times dropped and getting better every day.’
Girls team scores: 1. North Harrison 153, 2. Corydon Central 78, 3. Charlestown 32, 4. Fort Knox 26, 5. South Central 12, 6. Lanesville 6.
Girls’ individual results: 200 medley relay ‘ North Harrison 2:03.00, 200 free ‘ Abigail Purser (NH) 2:39.03; 200 IM ‘ Bailey Seitz (NH) 2:26.33; 50 free ‘ Bailey Seitz (NH) 25.72; 100 fly ‘ Meredith Ingle (NH) 1:14.20; 100 free ‘ Natalie Hollensead (NH) 1:01.78; 500 free ‘ Meredith Ingle (NH) 6:05.38; 200 free relay ‘ Corydon Central 2:00.67; 100 back ‘ Abigail Purser (NH) 1:11.64; 100 breast ‘ Shannia Austin (NH) 1:24.39; 400 freestyle relay ‘ North Harrison 4:31.48.
Boys’ team scores: 1. Corydon Central 96, 2. Fort Knox 54, 3. Charlestown 36, 4. North Harrison 31, 5. South Central 20, 6. Lanesville 1.
Boys’ individual results: 200 medley relay ‘ Corydon Central 2:03.22; 200 free ‘ Juan Acevedo (FKnx) 2:07.88; 200 IM ‘ Dylan Shaffer (NH) 2:19.81; 50 free ‘ Kenny Deatrick (SC) 25.13; 100 fly ‘ Juan Acevedo (FKnx) 57.40; 100 free ‘ Kenny Deatrick (SC) 55.39; 500 free ‘ 5:56.31; 200 free relay ‘ Corydon Central 1:49.22; 100 back ‘ Kyle McPhillips (Cor) 1:09.46; 100 breast ‘ Christian Acevedo (FKnx) 1:18.71; 400 free relay ‘ Corydon Central 5:03.26.