The Batesville High School swim teams keep making up ground on the best in the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference. The Lady Bulldogs entered the conference championships with only two event titles in the school’s history. When the team left East Central High School on Saturday, the number of EIAC titles grew to seven. The Lady Bulldogs won five of the 11 swimming events en route to a second place finish. Batesville finished with a team score of 82 points, which was just six behind the champion East Central Lady Trojans. Andi Cox and Emily Kelley led the Lady Bulldogs with a pair of EIAC titles. Cox won the 200 and 500 yard freestyle events to claim co-most valuable player honors. Kelley was a winner in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events to join Cox as one of the most successful at the meet. The 400 yard freestyle relay team of Kelley, Cox, Nicole Hountz and Erin Hankel teamed up to win and earn all-conference honors with a winning time of 4:18.63. Personal best times for the Lady Bulldogs were achieved by Cox (200/500 free), Steacy Gryspeerdt (200 IM), Haley Hall (100 backstroke), Hankel (100 free), Clare Parker (200 free/100 breaststroke) and Emily Rozman (100 free/100 breaststroke). The boys team placed second in the team results with a score of 85 points, which was second to the host Trojans with 112. Sophomore Bryce Timonera led the way with a pair of individual titles, which also earned conference most valuable player honors. Timonera set a new conference record in winning the 100 yard back stroke in a time of 52.84. Timonera also placed first in the 100 yard butterfly. in a time of 52.40. The boys 400 yard freestyle relay team of Aaron Cox, Thomas Hatcher, Scott Gryspeerdt and Timonera earned all-conference honors by winning the race in a school record time of 3:30.34. Personal best times for the boys time were turned in by Liam Bowser (22 free), Aaron Cox (200/500 free), Zach Hall (100 butterfly), Hatcher (50/100 free), Jacob Hawkins (200/500 free), Graham Hunter (50/100 free), Joey Hutchinson (50 free/100 butterfly), Connor Rose (100 breaststroke), Reece Rose (100 breaststroke) and Matt Weiler (200 IM/100 breaststroke). Of the 42 swimmers between the two teams, 36 recorded season or personal best times at the meet, according to coach TJ Greene. “There is something about our kids,” Greene commented. “Our swimmers dig deep and swim with so much class and pride. “It was evident again today. It’s so satisfying as a coach when the kids reap the benefits of all their hard work,” he added.

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