Jeffersonville High School – Keith Gast, Head Swim Coach
In case you didn’t hear the roars from the pool…
What do you get when you put 150 students on the pool deck, another 200+ fans in the bleachers, countless swimming and diving alumni, 350 “white out” shirts in the fans and the two best swimming and diving programs in Southern Indiana in a meet against each other?
The answer is 3 pool records, 1 new school record, dozens of season and lifetime best performances and, with complete honesty, the most exciting swimming/diving atmosphere that I have witnessed in my 22 years of high school coaching.
The girls blew open what was expected to be a close meet and beat Floyd 115-71. The boys, who were expected to be beat about 20 points, kept up their winning ways by defeating the Highlanders 99-81.
Both teams won through depth, the boys team only won 5 of the 12 events and the girls only won 6 of the 12 events – it was truly a “team victory” for both teams.
The 200 Medley Relay of Kali Crace, Caroline Elliott, Jacqueline Richard and Rachel Walker started the night off by breaking the pool record. Coincidentally the pool record had been previously set by the Floyd Central girls.
The boys came in right after with the 200 Medley Relay of Tommy Beimrohr, Kevin Gast, Evan Shive and Ben Doss winning the boys race.
Both Red Devil teams took the lead after the first event and never looked back.
Evan Shive won the 100 Fly and 100 Back, Adeline Dixon won the 200 IM, Rachel Walker won the 100 Fly and 500 Free, Lauren Kessinger won the girl’s diving event and Aidian won the boy’s diving event.
The girl’s 200 Free Relay of Adeline Dixon, Caroline Elliott, Elizabeth Browne and Amelia Blankenbeker won in an upset and the 400 Free Relay of Amelia Blankenbeker, Jacqueline Richard, Elizabeth Browne and Rachel Walker ended the meet with a win and by taking back the pool record from the Floyd Central girls.
The swim of the meet belonged to Sophomore Adeline Dixon who broke the oldest swimming record on the board. Adeline broke the 100 Breast record, previously set in 1982 by Mandy Mulflur.
So, how do you finish off a meet like this? A blow out win by the girls. An unexpected upset by the boys. The greatest student section in high school swimming history.
YOU STORM THE POOL! That is exactly what our student section did!
Both teams are on the road over the holiday break and will return to the Jeffersonville Natatorium on Tuesday, January 6 to host the Providence Pioneers.