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February 23, 2014

BOYS’ SWIMMING SECTIONAL: Jeff takes fourth straight sectional

Highlanders will have at least five state finalists

FLOYDS KNOBS — It was a record-setting day for the Jeffersonville boys’ swim program Saturday at the Floyd Central Sectional at Highland Hills Middle School.

For the first time in school history, the Red Devil boys won their fourth consecutive sectional crown. On the day, Jeff won five sectional crowns and will send at least six to this weekend’s state finals at IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis.

The performances helped the Devils score 487 points, 93 ahead of runner-up Floyd Central.

“It never gets old,” Jeff coach Keith Gast said, “because I have a group of freshmen who have never won sectional. I’ve got a group of seniors who are now the first ever to win four in a row for Jeff High. I hope that says we’re doing something good.”

Senior Timothy “T” Martin and junior Evan Shive each won three sectional titles for the Red Devils. Martin won the 50-yard freestyle (21.36) and the 100-yard freestyle (46.44) and was a member of the winning 400 freestyle relay team. Shive broke the sectional record with a 51.71 in the 100 butterfly and later took the 100 backstroke crown in 52.34. He combined with Martin, Zach Griffis and Tyler Sariscsany to close the meet with a championship in the 400 free relay in 3:12.39.

Sariscsany finished second to Martin in the 100 free but made the state cut and will swim at IUPUI in Friday’s state preliminaries. He finished tied for second in the 50 free with Floyd Central’s Colin Lyell. Both hope their 21.47 is fast enough to qualify for state.

“It was an awesome day for Tyler,” Gast said. “He had a great day. It’s great to see a kid finally get [to state] as a senior.”

The host Highlanders had four champions on the day, including an upset win over the Red Devils in the meet-opening 200 medley relay. Brendon Smith, Noble Guyon, Nathan Manias and Lyell edged Jeff by .19 for the sectional title and a state spot.

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