The Decatur County Tiger Sharks hosted the annual SEISA Championship Swim Meet.
SEISA is a summer swim league compromised of teams from Batesville, Greensburg, Hidden Valley, Madison, Milan, and South Dearborn. More than 350 athletes ranging in age from 5 to 18 competed in the meet and ended with Batesville’s 14-year winning streak coming to an end.
The Tiger Sharks had their best performance in a decade, placing a close third as Milan won with 2,209 points. Batesville followed with 1,862, the local Tiger Sharks were third with 1,795, Hidden Valley fourth with 974, South Dearborn fifth with 784, and Madison sixth with 623.
Head coach Josh Hawkins, back at the helm in his second campaign for his second season, was very pleased with the way his team swam.
“We had some incredible swims today,” said Hawkins. “Our swimmers have improved tremendously and we are now on the verge of something very special! But, congratulations to Milan on their first championship victory. They have been building that program for the last five to six years with a strong year-round USA club team, and it all paid off today.”
The Tiger Sharks started the meet off strong as they did in every meet this summer with Bri Stagge winning the 200 FR in a personal best 2:06.99. Nick Oesterling then matched her by winning the Boys 200 FR in a personal best of 2:00.67.
The Girls 10U Medley Relay consisting of Kylie Hostetler, Brenner Hanna, Katie McLean, and Sophia Taylor finished second, but set a Tiger Shark team record in a time of 2:47.54.
The next big swim came when the 18U Girls of Morgan Stagge, Megan McDole, B. Stagge, and Molly Oesterling won the 200 Medley Relay.
Jacob Hawkins and Jonah Hellmich finished 2-3 in the Boys 6U 25 Free.
Sophia Taylor finished 2nd in the Girls 10U 50 Free and Valeria Busto also finished 2nd in the Girls 12U 50 Free. M. Oesterling and B. Stagge then finished 1-2 in the Girls 18U 50 Free with Molly setting a personal best and Tiger Shark team record in 26.11.
Hawkins then finished 2nd in the mixed 6U 25 Breaststroke. Katie McLean was 2nd in the Girls 10U 50 Breaststroke. Emily Eberhardt dropped two seconds off her personal best to win the Girls 14U 100 Breaststroke and M. Oesterling won the Girls 18U 100 Breaststroke.
Brady Niles had a strong swim to finish 2nd in the Boys 18U 100 Breaststroke.
Hawkins started the backstroke events by dropping a second and finishing 2nd in the Boys 6U 25 Back.
Bailey Menkedick finished 2nd in an incredibly competitive Girls 12U 50 Back and Luke Stuart was also 2nd in the Boys 12U Back. Nick Oesterling came in 2nd in the Boys 18U 100 Back. Hawkins and Hellmich then went 2-3 in the mixed 6U 25 Butterfly. Luke Stuart won the Boys 12U 50 Fly. Bri Stagge finished 2nd in the Girls 18U 100 Fly, as did Nick Oesterling in the Boys 18U 100 Fly.
Sean Slagle swam a strong 50 Free to finish 2nd in the Boys 8U event.
McLean, Taylor, and Koontz finished 2-3-4 in the Girls 10U 100 Free. Luke Stuart finished 2nd in the Boys 12U 100 Free. B. Stagge and Oesterling went 1-2 in the Girls 18U 100, Free with Stagge dropping a near second to 57.63.
Katie McLean finished her day by coming in 2nd in the Girls 10U 100 IM. Luke Stuart also finished 2nd the Boys 12U 100 IM.
Oesterling won the Girls 18U 100 IM, while Nick Oesterling and Brady Niles finished the individual events by going 1-2 in the Boys 18U 100 IM. Niles passed 2 swimmers in the final 10 yards en route to a 3-second personal best of 1:03.18.
The 10U Girls Free Relay of Katie McLean, Rachael Koontz, Sarah Springmeyer, and Sophia Taylor finished 2nd and set a new team record of 2:31.15. Oesterling, Alli Duerstock, M. Stagge, and B. Stagge won the Girls 18U 200 Free Relay and Niles, Drew Reiger, Spencer Kuehl, and N. Oesterling won the Boys 18U Free Relay in the most exciting race of the day as Oesterling chased down and overtook Batesville in the final 15 yards.
“All in all, it was a great day for Tiger Shark swimming,” noted coach Hawkins. “Our swimmers swam great, our coaches did great preparing our swimmers, and our parents did a fantastic job organizing and running a great meet. It takes a lot of work to run a swim meet of this magnitude and they did it like pros. It made me proud to be a part of Decatur County swimming.”
The Tiger Sharks wrap up their season with their traditional pool party at the Allen Memorial Pool Sunday, July 21 at 7 p.m.
— Daily News