The Russellvcille High School Swimming Panthers closed out their season Saturday, February 13, at the Region 2 Swim Meet in Owensboro, Kentucky. What should have been a day of prelims on Friday with a follow-up day of finals on Saturday morphed into a “timed finals” situation because of Friday’s snow. The girls’ relay team comprised of Morgan Bryant, Katie Paul, Katie Ray Holloman, and Kate Bouldin swam in both the 200 Medley Relay and the 200 Freestyle Relay. The girls’ team placed 14th (2:27.29) in the medley and 13th (2:06.24) in the freestyle – both times were a season best for them. Individual results are below.
Morgan Bryant – 50 Free 30th (31.17) and 100 Free 28th (1:11.93)
Katie Paul – 50 Free 38th (34.14) and 100 Free 35th (1:15.30)
Katie Ray Holloman – 50 Free 29th (31.01) and 100 Free 17th (1:07.62)
Cole Celsor – 50 Free 27th (27.62) and 100 Free 21st (1:01.67)
Dillon Porter – 50 Free 40th (30.89) and 100 Breast 16th (1:21.88)
Kate Bouldin -100 Fly 12th (1:10.19) and 500 Free 9th (6:04.89)
According to Coach Hall, “every swimmer had their personal best times yesterday, and I’m very proud of them. They have worked so hard all season long.”
It should be noted that Ben Slack did not get to swim on Saturday as he had an obligation to serve the Academic Team at the Regional Governor’s Cup. Slack would have swam the prelims on Friday had the Regional Swim Meet not been cancelled that day. Ben represented well, as he will be going on to the State Academic Competition in March. Team members and Coach Toni Hall should be commended on an amazing season. They’ve spent the better part of the last five months in each other’s back pockets, working so hard to improve each day. In addition to keeping up with an intense practice schedule, all of the swimmers juggled the responsibilities of keeping their grades up, family life, and other extracurricular activities.