Monday was Senior Night for North Putnam Swimming and Diving. Swimmers Tyler Thompson, Nathan Ballard, and Matthew Ballard were all recognized after the diving competition. There are mixed emotions on senior night. It’s always exciting to see our athletes prepare for the next chapter of life. However, there is a sadness that accompanies the excitement, knowing they won’t be joining us again next year.
To help celebrate the night we held some special events. We also continued to press forward towards the goal of sectionals with a few more PR’s for the season.
Tyler Thompson (SR) placed second and had a PR in the 200 Freestyle posting a .86 second time drop and 2nd in the 100 Back. He also swam legs on the 1st place 200 Medley Relay and 2nd place 400 Free Relay A team.
Nathan Ballard (SR) was on the 200 Medley and 400 Free Relay A team. He swam two special events. The 500 Breaststroke with an impressive time of 6:37.20 and a 200 Backstroke in 2:56.78
Matthew Ballard (SR) finished 3rd in the 500 Freestyle. He also helped out on all three relay teams.
Mason Allen (JR) had another PR in the 100 Freestyle with a .17 second time drop. He also filled in on 3 relays as well.
Dustin Novak (JR) was a three time relay member and placed 3rd in the 100 Breaststroke.
Matthew Trotter (SO) placed 3rd in both the 50 Free and 100 Fly and swam on two relays.
Kyle Young (SO) mixed it up with a special event and distance swim in the 500 Free. Kyle finished 4th in the 200 Free while swimming the Fly. He posted an impressive time in the 500 Free, with a solid 5:23.62. Kyle also swam legs on the winning 200 Medley and 400 Free A relay teams.
Dagan Everman (FR) swam the 50 and 100 Free races finishing 6th in both, as well as the 200 Free Relay.
Jacob Farrington (FR) had a solid night but was just short of that sub-minute time in the 100 Free…apparently 3 Casey’s pizza’s are not enough payoff to go that fast but there is no doubt that elusive time is in his near future.
The Cougars next match is on January 20th for Conference at Indian Creek. Expect tough workouts in the pool and on land as we prepare for that, and more importantly, the sectional meet in February.