By GREG MENGELT
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.
Floyd coach Joe Perkins admitted that his Highlanders surprised even him.
“We had some really good relay exchanges,” he said. “Noble is always great on Saturday. He’s not always great [in the prelims], but he always shows up [for the finals]. He got us back in it and Brendon got us off to a great start in the backstroke.”
Jeff’s 1:39.00 wasn’t good enough to make the state finals immediately. However, it figures to be fast enough to get the Devils in as one of the fastest 32 relay teams in the state.
“Our medley relay was a little off,” Gast admitted. “We didn’t make the state cut and we got second, so we’ll have to hold our breath on that. Hopefully we’ll get that through and be a little faster next week.”
Floyd made it 2 for 2 early in the meet when Eli Anderson won the 200 freestyle in 1:44.71, over two seconds ahead of Jeff’s Zach Griffis.
“That was a great swim for Eli,” Perkins said. “It was a very good, consistent, strong swim.”
Five races later, the Highlanders went back-to-back again. First, Marc McCormick won his first sectional championship with a 4:49.74 in the 500 free, nearly three seconds faster than Red Devil sophomore Michael Cain.
“He’s had a breakthrough year,” Perkins said of McCormick, whose sister Amy also went to state for the first time this season. “He’s so consistent with that race. To go 4:49, that’s in the top two or three in school history.”
The Highlanders won their second relay — the 200 free relay with the same group that won the medley relay — following McCormick’s win. Floyd later finished second to Jeff in the 400 free relay, but its time was good enough to beat the state cut and qualify for state. All three Highlander relay teams will compete at state.
Jennings County had a pair of winners on Saturday. Devin Vanosdol beat Jeff’s Evan Lopez to the wall to claim the 200 individual medley and his first sectional crown. Panther junior Trever Wilson was the day’s only repeat winner as he took the 100 breaststroke title.
Seymour’s Chris Robinson won the diving competition with a sectional-record 439.95. Floyd Central’s Hayden Brodfehrer also qualified for Tuesday’s Bloomington North Diving Regional with a third-place finish.
New Albany placed ninth as a team with 99 points, paced by Noah Boone’s seventh in the 100 backstroke, Adam McGaren’s ninth-place finish in the 100 freestyle and a pair of 10th-place finishes from Brady Faust.
Silver Creek was 12th as a team. The Dragons’ top individual finisher was Drew DeWitt, who came in 13th in the 100 freestyle.
Charlestown and Providence tied with Lanesville for 14th place. Charlestown’s Chris Spencer paced the Pirates with a 15th-place finish in the 50 free.
FLOYD CENTRAL SECTIONAL
At Highland Hills Middle School
Team scores: Jeffersonville 487, Floyd Central 394, Jennings County 328, Seymour 284, Madison 128, Corydon Central 100, New Albany 99, Scottsburg 94, Switzerland County 56, Silver Creek 52, Southwestern 49, Salem 27, North Harrison 24, Charlestown 10, Providence 10, Lanesville 10.
200 medley relay: 1. Floyd Central (Brandon Smith, Noble Guyon, Colin Lyell, Nathan Manias) 1:38.81, 2. Jeffersonville 1:39.00, 9. Silver Creek 2:04.32, 14. Providence 2:26.06.
200 freestyle: 1. Eli Anderson (F) 1:44.71, 2. Zach Griffis (J) 1:47.14, 4. Marc McCormick (F) 1:48.34, 5. Michael Cain (J) 1:50.50, 6. Zach Daily (J) 1:50.74, 8. Sam Cleveland (F) 1:58.26, 10. Brady Faust (NA) 2:02.42, 11. Drake Miller (NA) 2:03.02.
200 individual medley: 1. Devin Vansodol (JC) 2:02.07, 2. Evan Lopez (J) 2:04.49, 3. Max Weidekamp (J) 2:04.54, 4t. Sean Kennedy (J) 2:04.97, 4t. Guyon (F) 2:04.97, 8. Matt Byrne (F) 2:10.48, 11. Tanner Allen (F) 2:16.13, 12. Noah Boone (NA) 2:17.30.
50 free: 1. T Martin (J) 21.36, 2t. Lyell (F) 21.97, 2t. Tyler Sariscsany (J) 21.97, 5. Grant Anderson (F) 23.12, 9. Cameron Simcoe (J) 24.06, 11. Alex Epps (F) 24.35, 14. Jacob Fetters (SC) 25.74, 15. Chris Spencer (Ch) 26.04.
Diving: 1. Chris Robinson (Se) 439.95*^, 2. Lane Sawyer (JC) 437.95^, 3. Hayden Brodfehrer (F) 317.30^, 4. Noah Anderson (JC) 293.05, 5. Adian Wood (J) 210.05.
100 butterfly: 1. Evan Shive (J) 51.71*, 5. Smith (F) 55.03, 6. Lopez (J) 55.97, 9. Jacob Stacey (J) 58.20, 10. Faust (NA) 1:01.71, 12. Epps (F) 1:07.60, 14. Jess Durrah (F) 1:11.43.
100 free: 1. Martin (J) 46.44, 2. Sariscsany (J) 47.25+, 4. Griffis (J) 49.54, 5. Manias (F) 50.00, 7. G. Anderson (F) 50.96, 9. Adam McGaren (NA) 53.29, 13. Drew DeWitt (SC) 57.38, 16. Jack Densford (F) 59.15.
500 free: 1. McCormick (F) 4:49.74, 2. Cain (J) 4:52.67, 3. Daily (J) 4:56.55, 4. Kevin Gast (J) 5:10.02, 5. Allen (F) 5:21.09, 6. Miller (NA) 5:25.00, 16. Darrah (F) 5:59.35.
200 free relay: 1. Floyd Central (Lyell, E. Anderson, Guyon, Manias) 1:28.69, 3. Jeffersonville 1:33.96, 8. Silver Creek 1:45.80, 13. Charlestown 1:54.45, 14. New Albany 1:55.63, 15. Providence 2:09.61.
100 backstroke: 1. Shive (J) 52.34, 2. E. Anderson (F) 53.83, 3. Smith (F) 55.79, 4. Stacey (J) 57.75, 5. Kennedy (J) 57.90, 7. Boone (NA) 59.10, 11. Cleveland (F) 1:03.08.
400 free relay: 1. Jeffersonville (Martin, Griffis, Sariscsany, Shive) 3:12.39, 2. Floyd Central 3:13.02+, 5. New Albany 3:42.09.
* Meet record
+ State cut
^ Advance to Bloomington North Diving Regional