BLUFFTON — Columbia City boys and girls swim teams both came out on top in the Northeast 8 Swim & Dive Conference.
This is the first time in both the teams’ histories that they have won the conference. The boys won by 112 points and the girls won by 3.
“It was amazing. Those kids really swam their hearts out,” said head coach Debi Bosselman.
The conference, which pitted them against seven other teams, was their first competition after winter break.
While most students were taking it easy, the swim and dive teams didn’t take a day off. At this point in the season, they can’t afford to take it easy, Bosselman said.
The boys team dominated all three relay events. Freshmen Charlie Varga, Maxwell Joseph, Noah Johns and junior Telly Varga placed first in the boys 200-yard medley relay.
Juniors Aaron Fix, Ryan Devito, senior Matt Webber and Joseph placed first in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Charlie Varga, Fix, Ryan Devito and Webber also placed first in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
For the girls, juniors Lindsey Hoskins, Mykaela Crowell, sophomore Shauna Young and freshman Caroline Klimek placed first in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Also placing first for the girls was freshman Evin Devito, who placed first in the 200-yard freestyle.
Despite some illness and injury earlier in the season, the boys and girls are ready to finish the season strong, she said.
“The kids are really focused on what they need to do,” she said.
So far, the boys team has won every meet except for the one against Warsaw. The girls team has lost three meets this season, but they have all been very close, Bosselman said.
There are 13 members of
the girls team and 14 members on the boys team with 11 freshmen among their ranks. This year is the first time in six years the Eagles will have a dive team.
The Eagles have two more meets against Wabash and DeKalb, and then they have a couple weeks to prepare for sectionals, which kick off Feb. 1.
The teams are setting their sights on state. Last year, three boys qualified for state – Webber (100-yard and 200-yard freestyle), Fix (100-yard backstroke) and Ryan DeVito (100-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle).