Bulldogs capture seven EIAC Titles
Timonera and Weiler capture conference MVP honors
Bryce Timonera became just the third swimmer in Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference history to capture four MVP titles (Eckstein, EC 00-03 and House, EC 04-07).
Teammate Matt Weiler earned Co-MVP honors with Timonera and Ryan Lammering of East Central.
“Bryce’s feat is really amazing,” BHS head coach TJ Greene commented. “Swimming has been contested in the EIAC since at least 1988. During that time 132 different swimmers have been named All-EIAC with 58 of those swimmers being named EIAC MVP at least one time.
“Bryce is just the third swimmer ever to capture MVP all four years. It is incredibly difficult to do.”
Timonera won both the 100 yard butterfly and 100 yard backstroke events.
For the second consecutive year, the Bulldogs had a swimmer share Co-MVP honors as Matt Weiler took the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke events.
“Matt could have won at least six of the events contested on Saturday,” Greene commented. “It is a well-deserved honor for him.”
Thomas Hatcher became just the 19th swimmer in EIAC history to earn all-EIAC honors in three seasons. Hatcher won the 100 yard freestyle.
“Hatcher has become one of the most reliable sprinters we’ve ever had at Batesville,” Greene noted.
Two relays produced additional EIAC champions for the Bulldogs. The medley relay of Timonera, Hatcher, Weiler and Graham Hunter swam to a winning time of 1:42.34. The times was just .5 off the EIAC record, but was good enough for a new BHS record and the EIAC title.
The final event of the day was the 400 yard freestyle relay. Hatcher, Weiler, Chris Lambert and Timonera swam to a season best time of 3:25.07 to capture the final EIAC title.
“It was nice to see Graham and Chris earn All-EIAC,” Greene said. “They have been working hard in practice and their swims today were proof of that.
The 2013 team title went to East Central for the 25th time in the 25 year history of the EIAC meet. East Central finished with 129 points followed by Batesville (88), Greensburg, (48), Lawrenceburg (29) and South Dearborn (13).
In addition to the event winners, Jacob Hawkins was fifth in the 200 freestyle followed by teammate Evan Miller in sixth position. Lambert was fifth in the 200 individual medley as was Clayton McKinley in the 50 freestyle. Hunter was sixth in the 50 freestyle and Hatcher was the EIAC runner-up. Joey Hutchison was fourth in the 100 yard butterfly. Hunter was fourth in the 100 yard freestyle, Hawkins was sixth in the 500 yard freestyle and Seth Parker was fourth in the 100 yard backstroke. Lambert finished up the individual scoring by finishing fifth in the 100 yard breaststroke.
Batesville is 19-7 on the season.
Andi Cox named EIAC MVP for third consecutive year
The Lady Bulldogs finished fourth at the annual EIAC swimming championships and were led by reigning conference MVP Andi Cox.
By the end of the meet, Cox captured her third consecutive conference MVP honors - something accomplished by just 11 females in the history of EIAC swimming.
“Andi is one of the strongest swimmers I have ever coached,” Greene praised. “She is mentally tough and is calm under pressure.”
Cox won the 100 yard butterfly and 100 yard backstroke events. She shared MVP honors with Taylor Baresel (SD) and Molly Osterling (GHS) who each won both of their events as well.
“Some may wonder how close Cox was to a fourth MVP crown. ... Andi came to Batesville her sophomore year,” Greene noted. “If we had her all four years, she’d have four MVPs. She is so talented.”
The team title went to South Dearborn with 80 points. Greensburg was second with 77 points followed by East Central (68), Batesville (57) and Lawrenceburg (42).
The 200 yard medley relay of Emily Weiler, Gwendolyn Frank, Clare Parker and Audrey Hall finished fifth.
Nicole Hountz was fourth in the 200 and 500 yard freestyle events. “Nicole gives up a lot of personal glory to get us points in the distance events,Greene commented. “She has been a model of consistency for our program and a great role model for our younger swimmers.”
Emily Weiler was sixth in the 200 free and fifth in the 100 backstroke. Elizabeth Weiler was the lone individual runner-up for the Lady Bulldogs, finishing second in the 200 yard individual medley and third in the 100 yard breaststroke. Hall was sixth in the 50 yard freestyle as was Parker in the 100 yard butterfly. Sarah Espin was sixth in the 100 yard freestyle.
The 200 yard freestyle relay of Cox, Elizabeth Weiler, Espin and Hountz finished second and the 400 yard freestyle relay of Hountz, Emily Weiler, Elizabeth Weiler and Cox finished third.
“The girls’ competition is much improved over the past few years,” Greene said. “I am proud of how the girls swam today.
“They left it all in the pool for Batesville High School,” he added.
The Lady Bulldogs are now 20-10 on the season.