Dover — With the conference meet moved back a week due to the weather, it was a perfect time for the Western Boone swimming and diving teams to mix things up.
So while Brebeuf won the girls meet 107-66 and the boys meet 95-65 against the Stars, Western Boone was able to give their athletes a break from some of their normal events.
“Because of our weird schedule this week, today was more of a fun meet for our kids,” Western Boone head coach Natalie Galvan said. “We put them all in off events, and they didn’t swim any of the events that they are going to swim in conference. Mental wise, I wanted them to be in a good state of mind and liked where they were at.”
It was originally rescheduled for this upcoming Saturday, Jan. 19, but with the potential for even more snow this weekend, there is a possibility the event is moved to Friday, Jan. 18 or Monday, Jan. 21.
Even when there is schedule chaos around them, the Stars have maintained their focus. Galvan said it is important to have meets like Tuesday, that break up the normal routine a little bit.
“They really like doing it and they had a great time tonight,” Galvan said. “The funny thing is, a couple of them wanted to swim those new events again. That is good to see.”
Western Boone had a handful of winners on the night.
The boys 200-yard medley relay team of Deetz Holdorf, Kevin Youkey, Keagan Wilhite and Josh Wright placed first in 1:58.60.
The Stars also swept the 200-yard IM, with Micaela Steiber winning the girls race in 2:25.62, and Gavan Sallee winning the boys race in 2:38.67.
Finishing second for Western Boone: the girls 200-yard medley relay team of Steiber, Regan Gubera, Ella Jones and Molly Himes (2:11.99), Ella Jones in the 200-yard IM (2:40.53) and the 100-yard backstroke (1:14.44), Wilhite in the 50-yard freestyle (24.73) and 100-yard butterfly (1:00.96), Gubera in diving (175.35), Josh Wright in the 100-yard freestyle (58.08), the girls 200-yard freestyle relay team of MaKenna Steimel, Gubera, Jones and Steiber (1:56.80), the boys 200-yard freestyle relay team of Wilhite, Collin Maurath, Wright and Holdorf (1:44.11), John Jackson in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:25.57), the girls 400-yard freestyle relay team of Emily Richardson, Hannah Long, Erin Aliff and Nola Dickerson (4:50.44), and the boys 400-yard freestyle relay team of Jackson, Rodney Zigler, Youkey and Sallee (4:44.06).
The divers will have their Sagamore Conference Meet Wednesday evening.
The whole team is tentatively scheduled to compete at Southmont on Thursday, but if the conference meet is moved up, that meet will be cancelled.
Galvan said the Stars just have to continue to have the right mental mindset going into conference.
“We have to be mentally ready,” Galvan said. “Physically they are fine, but with having a long break the mental aspect is key. The atmosphere going into conference is always great, so that will be a boost, but it is all mental. Swimming is such a mental game.”