As expected, Jeffersonville’s boys and Floyd Central’s girls won at Thursday’s dual meet between the Red Devils and Highlanders.
While displaying incredible speed and depth, Jeff’s boys had an easy time beating Floyd Central — looking to unseat the two-time defending sectional champion Devils as the top boys’ program in the area — 132-53.
However, Jeffersonville’s girls pushed the dominant, five-time defending sectional champion Highlanders to the brink before Floyd prevailed 102-84.
Jeffersonville won all but two races — both won by Highlander senior Oscar Anderson — and took the top two spots in five of the 12 events.
The Red Devils took the top three spots in the diving competition, which was won by Levi Mays, and the 100 butterfly, won by Evan Lopez.
Jeff also took the top two spots in the 200 freestyle relay.
“Our depth is tough,” Jeff coach Keith Gast said. “I’d hate to have to coach against a team as deep as we are. We have some guys on our B relays that want to be on our A relays and that helps us out. Our depth and our speed with our [No.] 2 and 3 guys is tough to match.”
“Keith just reloaded with this group,” Floyd coach Joe Perkins said. “We lost a lot of close races, but I was impressed with how good [the Red Devils] are.”
Tim “T” Martin won four races for Jeff, including individually in the 50 and 100 freestyle. He had to hold off exchange student teammate Karol Schmuck in both events.
The other Red Devil to win multiple individual events was Zach Daily in the 200 and 500 freestyle. After beating Floyd’s Marc McCormick by just over a second in the 200, Daily came from behind to beat Eli Anderson by .02 in the 500.
After 20 lengths of the pool, third-place Tyler Sariscsany was just two seconds back in the most thrilling event of the night.
“Zach Daily has a plus that not a lot of guys have. He gets to chase [Martin] around the pool in practice. Before the 500, I told him he was going to have to gut it out in the end against Eli. Obviously, he did that really well. The last 50 [yards], I guess he wanted to prove to me that he can sprint.”
“That was the best race of the night, for sure,” Perkins added. “I told Eli after the race, ‘I guess you won’t breathe every stroke again, will you?’”