In their season's first home meet, Batesville Swim Team members claimed victory over the Decatur County Tigersharks on an unusually chilly Monday night, June 10. “The DCST meet was a great way to kick off the season! All the kids are working so hard and it showed. Not only were they good sports and good swimmers, but I think it was their excitement that kept them warm all night!” says assistant coach Kat Bryan.
All 80 participating BST swimmers contributed to the 889-696 final score. Veteran swimmer Ben Moster, 15, and first-year swimmer Connor Schiller, 6, tied as lead scorers for the home team, scoring 22 points each in individual events. Also contributing at least 20 points in individual events were Sean Callahan, 15; Will Johnson, 14; Isabelle Wonnell, 13; Kayla Goodwin, 9; and Luke Richardson, 8. Goodwin placed first in all three of her individual events and Sara Lamping, 13, earned four first place ribbons with two firsts in individual events and two firsts in relays.
Racking up big points for Batesville, several relay teams took the first and second positions, including the boys 10&U 160-yard medley relay teams of Rylan Hill, 10; Ryan McGuire, 8; Brody Gibson, 10; and Matthew Lambert, 10; as well as Matthew Maher, 10; Damien Brelage, 9; Tripp Hertel, 9; and Zadin Small, 10.
Also taking first and second place for BST were the girls 12&U 160-yard medley relay teams of Caroline Niese, 12, Jenna Zimmerman, 12, Madison Goodwin, 11, and Averi Jones, 11; as well as Reesa Zimmerman, 11; Ava Owens, 12; Isabel Raab, 12; and Emma Miller, 11.
The swimmers are hard at work, practicing five days a week, including meet days and in less than favorable temperatures. When the water is cold, Batesville coaches encourage swimmers by working in the pool right along with them. All their hard work resulted in their first win of the season.
BST took on Milan Swim Club in Milan Wednesday, June 13, winning by a landslide with a final score of 1,013-561. The Batesville males led the meet with 561 total points vs. the females’ 492. “I think the swimmers looked great. The kids are definitely improving. It went smoother and the energy has definitely picked up a notch,” says Bryan.
Dylan Shane, 10, was the overall top scorer in individual events. He scored 26 points with first places in the 10&U 50 free, back and 100 free events; a second place in the 10&U 100 IM; and he contributed to two first place relay finishes alongside teammates Lambert, Gibson and Hill, all 10. Callahan, Moster, Johnson and Brody Wonnell all contributed over 20 points each for their team.
Leading the females in points was M. Goodwin with 21 points. She even placed second while swimming against older competitors in the 14&U 100 yard free. Alexis Schiller also had a big night, earning a total of 19 points with two first places in individual races and two firsts in relays.
In the males' 10&U 100 yard free event, Batesville swimmers Shane, M. Lambert and Gibson swept the first, second and third place positions. Caroline Zhou, Cora Gribben and Ailey Jones, all 6, came in first, second and third in the 6&U 25-yard freestyle event. The top three positions were also filled for the males; 8&U 25-yard freestyle event by Beckett Jones, 8; Rhett Gibson, 8; and Chris Garrett, 7.
Regarding the successful evening, head coach Greg McMullen says, “The Milan meet went very well. Our team adjusted well to the shorter competition pool. We’re so proud of the way our team competes and can’t wait to see the continued improvement as the season progresses. I want to thank Milan for being such great hosts and running a great meet.”
BST looks forward to competing against Milan a second time in the conference meet at the end of the month and gears up for Madison at home next.