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Zionsville tops Avon on swim senior night

Jan. 23—The Zionsville swimming and diving teams are entering prep mode for the sectional.

But in their final dual meet of the season, it was also time to celebrate their seniors in their final co-ed meet at Zionsville.

The Eagles comfortably defeated Avon, 123-62 in boys and 138-47 in girls, continuing their impressive work over the last couple of weeks leading into the post-season.

"It was good in the last couple of meets," Zionsville head coach Scott Kubly said. "We want to be making sure we are fine tuning our racing in these last chances we have before the big events over the next couple of weeks. I thought we did well the last couple of weeks."

For the girls, the medley relay team of Molly Simmons, Maddy Akin, Annabel Hermacinski and Maggie Hadley won in a time of 1:51.04. The 200-free relay team of Akin, Hadley, Ava Fleming and Claire McAfee won in 1:45.50 and the 400-free relay team of Ava Metzger, Mia Phillip, Kira Hunter and Annabelle Swiney won in 3:42.62.

Annabelle Swiney won the IM in a time of 2:08.57, Hadley won the 50 in a time of 25.24, Grace Whitfield won diving with a score of 212.45, Simmons won the butterfly in 1:00.50, Ava Metzger won the 100-free in a time of 55.09, Kira Hunter won the 500 in a time of 5:35.31, Hailey Paulick won the backstroke in 1:03.36 and Akin won the breaststroke in 1:09.07.

For the boys, the medley relay team of Walker Mattice, Nikita Hovyadinov, Steven Phan and Andrew Rexing won in 1:44.20. The 200-free relay team of Colin Walrond, Toby Dollens, Jack Mybeck and Caleb Kuntz won in 1:30.65 and the 400-free relay team of Hovyadinov, Phan, Mattice and Walrond won in 3:22.70.

Hovyadinov won the IM in 2:00.98, Mattice won the 50 in 21.83, Noah Berg won diving with a score of 138.15, Walrond won the butterfly in 55.63, Caleb Kuntz won the 100-free in 50.25, Brady Hinshaw won the backstroke in 56.25 and Toby Dollens won the breaststroke in 1:03.19.

While most of the team didn't swim their main events and are getting ready to scale back in training over the next couple of weeks, Kubly said there is still a lot the team can work on in the races.

"We wanted them to have fun tonight, because after tonight all the meets are serious," Kubly said. "Even tonight, we can still work on the little things we are focusing on in practice — getting good turns, working on streamlining and starts. Those are things we can deal with no matter what event they swim."

Before the meet the Eagles honored their seniors — Maddy Akin, Ava Fleming, Maggie Hadley, Annabel Hermacinski, Claire McAfee, Charlie Raches, Molly Simmons, Nikita Hovyadinov, Walker Mattice, Steven Phan and Andrew Rexing.

Kubly said they have been great parts of the program.

"They are a solid group and the work ethic they put in every day is great," Kubly said. "I am really looking forward to see what they can do coming up here in the post-season."

The girls post-season starts next Thursday in the sectional prelims at Zionsville.

The boys post-season will start two weeks later at Lafayette Jefferson.

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.