“I’m proud [of the career achievements]. It’s all about hard work. This is the sport I was meant to do. I’m looking forward to the next stage.”
Jeffersonville junior Evan Shive had three top-16 finishes on Saturday. He was eighth in the 100 backstroke, 11th in the 100 butterfly and swam the anchor leg on the 400 freestyle relay team.
After swimming fast Friday to get into Saturday’s finals, Shive’s Saturday times were nearly a half-second off of Friday’s heat times.
“I tried my hardest,” he said. “It would have been nice to go faster, but I still was top-8 in the state. I gave my all.”
“It’s a long day and he had to swim really hard Friday just to get to Saturday,” Gast explained. “Sometimes you get the bear and sometimes the bear gets you.”
Shive combined with Martin, Tyler Sariscsany and Zach Grifis to go 3:10.8 in the 400 relay to earn 11th place in the day’s final event.
“They were a little tired,” Gast said. “We had a goal of going 3:06 this year. I was a little disappointed to see that 3:06 could have placed second, and we just weren’t able to get there. But I’m not going to take anything away from these kids.”
The Red Devils scored 61 points and finished 15th as a team for their fourth consecutive top-15 finish.
“I’m pretty proud of that,” Gast said.
Floyd Central senior Colin Lyell finished fourth in the consolation heat of the 50 freestyle, giving him an overall 12th-place finish in 22.88.
“Really, I went in with the attitude that I just wanted to improve time,” he said. “I really didn’t care about how I was going to finish. I just wanted a personal best and I definitely did that. I couldn’t be happier right now.”