Teams will have holes in their lineups, but county swimmers and divers are still eager to compete at the Sagamore Conference meet on Saturday at Crawfordsville.
And there will be plenty of local flavor in the A-final races after strong swims in the prelims on Thursday.
On the girls’ side, Southmont senior Megan Scheidler will lead the Mounties. She will be seeded third in the 200 freesyle and third in the 500 freestyle. Bailey Barker is seeded seventh in the 200 freestyle, while Cassidy Bowlin is seeded seventh in the 200 individual medley, and Adriana Smith is sixth in the 100 butterfly. Marley Jones is seeded seventh in the 100 freestyle, and Faith Allen sixth in the 100 backstroke. Barker is also seeded fifth in the 100 breaststroke.
The Mounties were the runner-up last season and hoping to once again finish strong.
On the boys’ side Trent Jones is sixth in the 50 freestyle and third in the 100 butterfly. Logan Harman is seeded seventh in the 200 individual medley.
For North Montgomery, the Chargers will rely on depth on the girls’ side, including a hopeful strong showing in the relay finals on Saturday, but will have plenty of A-final individual swims as well.
Kelsey Anderson is seeded sixth in the 200 freestyle and third in the 100 breaststroke, while Annabel Anderson is fifth in the 100 butterfly and fourth in the 100 backstroke.
“I have seen Kelsey and Annabel Anderson step up this season, Kelsey has always been in the mix of my top athletes and working hard with them and Annabel has come out and had a great freshman season,” North Montgomery coach Erin Yeager said. “I think this will be a good meet for both. I’m looking forward to seeing what the team can do as individuals and as a group.”
Senior Sidney Campbell is seeded first in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. Maggie Michael is seeded third in the 200 individual medley and third in the 100 backstroke. Madelynn Mershon is seeded sixth in the 50 freestyle and fifth in the 100 freestyle.
On the boys’ side Jameson Burget is seeded fifth in the 200 individual medley and third in the 100 backstroke.
Crawfordsville will be shorthanded, but coach Kevin Hedrick still expects a winning performance from many individuals.
“This week we are thankful for the opportunity to compete and so we will compete fiercely and in a manner that has gained us our rich tradition of winning,” he said.
On the boys’ side, Joseph Sanchez is seeded sixth in the 200 freestyle and Campbell Mason eighth. Hunter Conrad is seeded second in the 200 individual medley and Airton Schu eighth. Jack Pendleton is seeded third and Ben Brown fourth in the 50 freestyle, while Whitman Horton is seeded first in the 100 butterfly and Marshall Horton is seeded first in the 100 freestyle and Pendleton fourth. Brown is seeded fifth. Mason is seeded sixth and Sanchez eighth in the 500 freestyle. Whitman Horton is seeded first in the 100 backstroke and Schu seventh. Marshall Horton is seeded first and Conrad second in the 100 breaststroke.
On the girls’ side, Alyx Bannon is seeded second in the 50 freestyle and third in the 100 freestyle.
Diving will take place Saturday morning, while girls’ swimmming finals will start at 1 p.m. and the boys at 4 p.m.