The swimming Indians began the competition season at the Northridge Viking Splash Invitational, held on Dec. 3 at the New Albany High School Natatorium.

“With only 10 swimmers competing, we knew we weren’t in the running to bring home any trophies, but every swimmer had great races and some even achieved personal bests at this first meet, ” said coach Dina Snow. “Our boys team placed fifth out of 11 teams with only seven swimmers! We were missing one of our girls, so no relays could compete. That is where a lot of points are scored, so it was pretty hard on the other three not to be able to field their relay.”

Two freshman swimmers, Zack Clark and Cassandra Snopik, competed in their first varsity meet. Zach came in 20th out of 56 swimmers in the 50 free. Cassandra’s 50 free time placed her 15th out of 65 swimmers.

“All of our experienced swimmers scored, so that is quite an accomplishment at a big meet like this. Marion Pleasant, Mount Vernon and Big Walnut all have large and talented teams, so I was pleased to see us hold our own, ” said Snow.

Top scorers were the boys relay (Logan Conrad, Evan Zmuda, Casey Conrad and Kurtis Brown) – second in the medley and third in the free; Evan Zmuda, second in the 200 IM and 100 breast; Erin Zmuda, third in the 100 back and fourth in the 50 free; and Casey Conrad, fourth in the 100 fly and 100 back.

Also scoring in their individual events were Cassidy Hack, 200 free and 50 free; Colton Long, 200 IM; Gavin Robinson, 200 IM and 100 free; Logan Conrad, 50 free and 100 breast; Kurtis Brown, 50 free and 100 free and Cassandra Snopik, 100 breast.

The following swimmers earned personal bests: Cassidy Hack, 200 free and 50 free; Colton Long, 100 breast; Kurtis Brown, 50 free and 100 free; and Gavin Robinson, 100 free.

Next up for the Indians is a meet on Dec. 14 hosted by Marion Pleasant and the annual Mount Vernon Small Schools Invitational held at Kenyon College on Dec. 17.

Information received from Dina Snow.