Greensburg Daily News
The Decatur County Tiger Sharks competed against the Batesville Swim Team Monday night. Though the Tiger Sharks were missing several key competitors (swimming with only 59 of their 83 swimmers due to scheduling conflicts) those that did compete did so with tremendous effort. However, in the end, Batesville overwhelmed the Tiger Sharks with sheer numbers swimming with 108 competitors and defeated the Tiger Sharks 870-757.
“I really felt like we dominated the pool tonight in most areas,” said coach Josh Hawkins. “But there were a couple of age groups, especially on the boys side, that were missing important swimmers and all Batesville had to do was make it down the pool legally to accumulate easy points, while we didn’t even have swimmers in our lanes acquiring any points at all! It’s pretty much impossible to win when that’s the case.”
Coach Hawkins also noted that the Tiger Sharks haven’t beaten Batesville in more than 20 years.
“They beat us last year by 200 points when we had our whole team swimming in our home pool,” said Hawkins. “So for us to go into Batesville with only two-thirds of our team and only lose by 100, shows that we are progressing well.”
The Tiger Sharks started off well again by sweeping both the Women’s and Men’s 200 Freestyle events. For the women, Bri Stagge, Abby Bausback, and Molly Oesterling went 1-2-3. For the men, Nick Oesterling, Brady Niles, and Drew Reiger also went 1-2-3. They also swept the girls 12&U short freestyle with Valerie Busto, Becky Pfeifer, and Kennedy Hanna. The Boys 12&U short free with Justin Allgeier, Eric Lowe, and Joshua Sawyers, the girls 10&U backstroke with Morgan Bottoms, Kylie Hostetler, and Brenner Hanna; the Women’s 18&U fly with Bausback, Stagge, and Megan McDole, and the Girls 12&U IM with Bailey Menkedick, Busto, and Grace Reiger.
Other notable performances were as follows:
Medley Relay victories - Boys 8&U of Jonathan Hunt, Jacob Hawkins, Stephan Allgeier, Sean Slagle; Girls 10&U of Morgan Bottoms, Brenner Hanna, Katie McLean, and Rachael Koontz. Girls 12&U of Bailey Menkedick, Valerie Busto, Kennedy Hanna, Becky Pfeifer; Boys 12&U of Justin Allgeier, Jaxson Kramer, Joshua Sawyers, and Eric Lowe. Women 18&U of B. Stagge, Alli Duerstock, Bausback, and Oesterling.
Katie McLean, Sean Slagle, and Jacob Hawkins each had four individual wins on the night. Katie in the Girls 10&U breaststroke, butterfly, long freestyle, and IM; Sean in the Boys 8&U short free, back, fly, and long free. Jacob in the 6&U free, back, breaststroke, and fly. Abby Bausback won three individual events in the women’s 18&U back, fly, and IM. Kennedy Hanna won three individual events in the girls 12 &U back, fly, and long free.
Other individual wins came from J. Allgeier in the boys 12&U short free. M. Bottoms in the girls 10&U back. Busto in the girls 12&U short free and breaststroke. Cameron DeWeese in the boys 14&U breaststroke and fly. Emily Eberhardt in the girls 14&U breaststroke; Lily Hellmich in the girls 8&U back and fly; Eric Lowe in the boys 12&U long free. Bailey Menkedick in the girls 12&U IM. Brady Niles in the Men’s 18&U fly. M. Oesterling in the Women’s 18&U long free. Nick Oesterling in addition to the 200 free, the Men’s 18&U IM.
Wins in the freestyle relay were: girls 8&U of Emarie Jackson, Taylor Underwood, Paige Gauck, and Hellmich; Boys 8&U of Hawkins, S. Allgeier, J. Hunt, and Slagle; Girls 21&U of Pfeifer, K. Hanna, Menkedick, and Busto. Boys 12&U of J. Allgeier, Brady Hahn, Sawyers, and Lowe; Women 18&U of Oesterling, Duerstock, Bausback, and B. Stagge, and the Men’s 18&U of Oesterling, Drew Reiger, Spencer Kuehl, and Niles.
“I think the results speak for themselves,” said Hawkins. “We won a majority of the relays, swept numerous events and also went 1-2 in seven individual events. We swam really well, probably about as well as we could have, but Batesville nickeled and dimed us by picking up all those points where we simply couldn’t fill the lanes.”
Hawkins also noted that the Batesville pool is an non-traditional 40 yards long.
“So that really made it challenging, for us - especially our younger swimmers in the Individual Medley.” He pointed out that the I.M. went from 100 yards (25 of each stroke) to 160 yards (40 of each stroke).
“That’s a huge difference,” he added, “almost double the distance of what our swimmers are accustomed to doing!”
The Decatur County Parks and Rec affiliated team will be back in action at South Dearborn next Monday. If anyone would like more information about the Decatur County Tiger Shark swim program, please contact coach Josh Hawkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.