Raiders continue to swim
December has been a busy month for South Ripley swimming but the program continues to see positive results with the Christmas holiday on the horizon.
That includes a pair of meets last week which included a record-breaking swim in the latter performance. The fun started last Thursday when South Ripley’s boys scored a 102-85 dual meet win at Switzerland County while the girls fell to the Lady Pacers by a 91-41 score.
On the boys side it was Jordan Davis, Landon Saylor, Evan Eaglin and Thomas Eaglin turning in a top performance in the 200 medley relay in a time of 2:18.49 and that same crew also swam a top time of 1:58.02 in the 200 freestyle relay. In individual action, Saylor had two wins, taking a first place ribbon in the 50 freestyle at 27.82 and a tie for first in the 100 backstroke at 1:10.37. Thomas Eaglin won the 100 breaststroke in 1:41.79 and paired it with a second place in the 500 freestyle in 7:48.18.
Jackson McAdams was second in the 100 breaststroke at 1:43.79 and second in the 200 freestyle in 2:55.80 and Evan Eaglin swam to a pair of second place finishes in the 200 individual medley (2:37.55) and 100 fly (1:09.69). Davis placed third in the 100 free at 1:21.58 and was third again in the 100 backstroke in 1:31.88.
South Ripley’s girls team got a 400 relay win in a time of 4:33.04 from Olivia Gilley, Darcie Diem, Olivia Kavanaugh and Elizabeth McKittrick and the same quartet was a winner in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:58.34. Kavanaugh earned two individual wins in the 50 freestyle (28.09 seconds) and the 100 backstroke (1:23.32) as did two other Lady Raiders. McKittrick won the 200 individual medley (2:44.21) and the 100 breaststroke (1:31.93) and Diem picked up first in the 200 freestyle (2:18.60) and 100 freestyle (1:03.17). Andrea Lu placed third in the 100 free at 1:45.72.
A slew of teams from the southern half of the state, schools in fact that all start with the letter “s,” flocked to Seymour on Saturday for Seymour’s annual “S” Invitational. It was there where South Ripley would etch new names into the program’s record books.
Davis, Thomas Eaglin, Evan Eaglin and Saylor placed third in the 200 medley relay but their time was more than enough to be an all-time best in the Raider record books. The final time of 2:16.91 was over a second better than the previous record of 2:17.93 set in 2015. The former record holders from that relay team were Michael Bradley, Gabriel Clark, Matthew Boles and Zach Smith.
The Raider boys went 5-2 in the invitational with wins over Southwestern (Hanover), Shawe Memorial, Switzerland County, Silver Creek and Scottsburg. Their only two losses came against Seymour and Salem.
South Ripley defeated Scottsburg and Shawe in girls action and won its final match of the day over Southwestern. The Lady Raiders fell to Switzerland County, Seymour and Salem.
The record-breaking boys relay team followed its feat with a third place finish in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:57.05 and Evan Eaglin swam third in the 100 freestyle at 58.39 seconds. On the girls side, Gilley, Diem, McKittrick and Kavanaugh were second in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:58.85 and second in the 400 freestyle relay in 4:30.77. McKittrick was the lone winner for the Lady Raiders, swimming first in the 50 freestyle at 26.41 seconds.
Diem went runner-up in the 100 freestyle at 1:02.93 and the 200 freestyle in 2:18.77. Kavanaugh finished second in the 50 freestyle in a time of 28.25 seconds.
South Ripley swam at Southwestern on Tuesday night and is now preparing for this Saturday’s four-way meet in Vevay against Switzerland County, Silver Creek and Lanesville.