Jan. 26—LEBANON — The high school swimming and diving season can be a long grind — with early mornings, tough workouts and long nights at dual meets.
So on the final co-ed meet of the year between Lebanon and Western Boone, both coaches wanted their kids to compete and have fun before the stress of the post-season comes starting next week.
Both teams accomplished that, splitting the meet, with the Lebanon boys winning 105-75 and the WeBo girls winning 96-66.
"We let the kids write the line-up tonight, so we had some kids in their regular events and others mixed it up," Lebanon head coach Craig Howe said. "We had a good time and there was a little clowning around, and it was a good, light way to finish things up. We had some seniors that are new and they did some challenge events for them — and those are always fun. Obviously kids went fast too, but sometimes with meets like this it is about every else and swimming out of their comfort zone."
Western Boone head coach Hayley Eadie echoed a lot of those sentiments, saying that it was a good meet for the whole team to end together.
Along with it being low-pressure, it gave the Stars a chance to tweak some final things in their racing.
"For the girls, this is the last chance to work out any kinks before the sectional," Eadie said. "The girls found some things to fix and work on, but they also found a lot of successes which they are really excited about heading into the sectional."
For Western Boone, it was the fifth meet in 12 days following the Sagamore Conference Meet.
While a hectic schedule at this time of the year can be tough to manage, Eadie said she was happy with the way the group handled it.
"It really has been a busy schedule for us and it seems like all we have done is back-to-back meets for three weeks now," Eadie said. "It seems like we haven't trained for a while and it is tough to stay motivated, but they have done a good job of using meets as an opportunity to get work in and have done a good job of staying focused during these last couple of weeks."
On the girls side, Western Boone's team of Arianna Stieber, Adelaide Jones, Hannah Hayden and Samantha Jones won in a time of 2:04.35. The Lebanon 200-free relay team of Anna Hale, Jessie Stevens, Martita Sheets and Paige Howard won in 1:58.26 and the Western Boone 400-free relay team of Adalyn Sartin, Lily Talbott, Rebecca Rustin and Kaitlyn Crowley won in 5:16.66.
Samantha Jones won the 200-free in 2:13.59, Stieber won the IM in 2:22.13 and the butterfly in 1:03.41, Adelaide Jones won the 50-free in 27.15 and 100-free in 1:00.02.
Lebanon's Anna Hale won the 500 in 5:56.24 and breaststroke in 1:17.21 and Jessie Stevens won the backstroke in 1:12.38.
For the boys, the Lebanon's medley relay team of Taylor O'Brien, Parker Lawson, Grayson Goff and Tate DeLaRosa won in 1:50.94, the team of Camden Perrine, DeLaRosa, Goff and Jonah Primus won the 200-free relay in 1:38.57, the 400-free relay team of DeLaRosa, Perrine, Jack Howard and Goff won in 3:35.37.
Lebanon's Camden Perrine won the IM in 2:17.60, Jack Howard won the 50-free in 24.05 and the 100-free in 54.41, Grayson Goff won the 500-free in 5:25.52, Taylor O'Brien won the backstroke in 1:02.45 and Parker Lawson won the breaststroke in 1:14.08.
Western Boone's Jacob Norman won the 200-free in 1:58.87, Xander Rouse won diving with a score of 171.65, Isaac Threlkeld won the butterfly in 59.47.
During the meet, Lebanon recognized their senior class for contributions made to the program.
"There are 15 of them and not all of them have been four-year swimmers, but the ones that have been here have brought others into the program and helped us grow," Howe said. "They have been great parts of our program."
Western Boone will have a boys only meet on Tuesday at West Lafayette for their final dual of the season.
For the girls teams, they are back in action Thursday for the sectional prelims.
Lebanon is heading to the Zionsville Sectional.
"We looked at a few kids, figured out where they are going to swim their best and built around that," Howe said. "The next couple of days we are going to fine tune starts and turns, and stay in condition, but then next week start dialing it back a little bit."
Western Boone is heading to the Crawfordsville Sectional.
"I think our girls have all the tools in their toolbox," Eadie said. "They have to go in there, believe in themselves and understand that they can do it, and go out there and show it. I think the mental side of it is going to be their big thing."
Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.