By Steven Kochersperger
The swim season is approaching an end and with every swim meet before the post season comes the opportunity to prepare for conference championships and sectionals. This past week the Mount Vernon girls and boys swim teams traveled to Boonville to take on their conference rival. And with just over a week until the Big Eight Conference championship meet in Jasper, Mount Vernon looks to be ready. The Wet Cats swam well once again and both the girls and boys teams took home victories Thursday night.
The Mount Vernon boys are bouncing back from some tough losses this season and found themselves on the winning end of the meet Thursday.
In the 200 yard medley relay the Wildcats A team finished with a time of 2:02:56. The relay team consists of Wade Mobley, Zach Allyn, Jordan Crabtree, and Dakota Reed. Mobley also went on to win the 50 freestyle race and finish third in the 100 backstroke.
Freshman Ethan Harms also had a great night for the Cats. Harms won the 200 M race with a time of 2:16 and went on to also win the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:03. Other winners of multiple races Thursday were Sophomore Tyler Moll and Austin Colson. Moll finished first in the 500 freestyle (5:32) and later won the 100 backstroke race as well. Colson won the 200 freestyle as well as the 100 breaststroke.
Other winners include Aaron Duckworth in the 100 freestyle, and the Mount Vernon relay teams in the 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay races.
With all their wins Thursday night the boys team beat Boonville with a score of 138-36.
The girls continued their great season entering Thursday nights meet ranked fifth in the state. Freshman Claudia Crawford continued her great season finishing first in both the 50 Free (25.80) and the 100 backstroke (1:04).
Other winners Thursday night for the girls team include Clara Baggett in the 200 freestyle (1:57), Taylor Culley in the 200 IM (2:37), Kelsey Turner in the 100 Butterfly (1:01), Rachel Burke in the 100 Free (58.76), and Samantha Gowdy in the 500 Free (5:31).
The girls wins helped them beat Boonville with a score of 143-36.
In diving action Mount Vernon swept the board. Katie McDonald finished first for the girls with a score of 179.05 while Phillip Minton finished first for the boys with a score of 104.40.
The Wet Cats will now travel this week to Jasper to compete in the Big Eight Conference Championships starting Thursday night.
By Steven Kochersperger
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