In the final regular season meet June 26, the Batesville Swim Team comes out on top. BST beat the Jennings County Swim Club 816-413 and finished its season with a 5-0 record.
“Jennings County was a great primer meet for our SEISA finale Saturday, June 29. We really got up and raced, and our younger swimmers showed us their mental resolve by continuing to focus on the little things like remembering a two-hand touch in breaststroke and butterfly, staying on their back to finish backstroke events and even attempting flip turns in a meet setting,” says head coach Greg McMullen.
The Batesville girls were responsible for 457 points and the boys 333. The high point earner in individual events for the ladies was 17-year old Gwen Martin with 26 points. Kayla Goodwin, 10; and Sonja Gaulin, 15, also earned 21 points each for their team. Goodwin walked away from her last meet an undefeated swimmer in all individual events for the entire summer season. For the boys, Will Johnson,14, scored 28 points making him the overall high point scorer for the meet. Rylan Hill and Dylan Shane followed closely behind scoring 26 points each.
Many BST individuals and relay teams also contributed toward the win. Rhett Gibson, 8, came in first in a very close race against JCSC in the boys 10&U 25-yard backstroke. Lydia Niese, 8, came in first in the girls 8&U 25-yard backstroke. First-, second- and third-place positions were filled by Jenna Zimmerman, 12; Averi Jones, 11; and Reesa Zimmerman, 11, in the 12&U 50-yard backstroke. Jax Negovetich, 8; and George Miller, 7, took first and second in the boys 8&U 50-yard freestyle event, and Amelia Austin, 14; and Ava Obermeyer, 13, took first and second in the girls 14&U 50-yard fly.
Coaches have enjoyed watching their team turn into a family with older swimmers taking on leadership roles. Veteran swimmers such as Austin, Paris Raab, 16, and Gaulin often stay late for the second session practices and encourage younger swimmers from the deck at meets. “It is great to see our older kids being mentors to our younger swimmers,” comments McMullen.
Five of the seven swim teams in the SEISA conference have indoor pools, practice as a team year-round and compete in meets at the beginning of May. With an outdoor pool, the BST begins its season June 1, giving swimmers only one week of practice before their first competition and only four weeks to prepare for the conference championship. Regarding such a short season coach McMullen comments, “Even though we have the shortest time in the pool for SEISA competitors, we’ve been making tremendous improvements. ”
BST competes at the SEISA conference for the league championship June 29 in Madison.
Elizabeth Miller, Batesville, is a parent volunteer.