Sometimes you can swim well, and just face a better team.
That is what happened to the Lebanon Tigersharks Thursday night when they host Cathedral. The Tigersharks swam well but the girls lost 107-76 and the boys lost a tight 85-84 decision.
"The girls competed really well," Lebanon head coach Michael Dollens said. "This is the first time in a while that the other team was just clearly better than we were. The girls to their credit, dug in and competed. We had a really nice 100-fly race, went 1-2 in the 100-free, in the 500-free it doesn't look like it points wise but we swam well. I was just happy with the way we swam. I think we swam better tonight than we have in any meet so far in terms of they're fast, just go get it anyway. The girls had that mindset."
Dollens said for the girls, it was especially good practice for when they get to the postseason.
"It will come in handy in the sectional," Dollens said. "You always want to be in a position to compete well and it will be good that we have this experience when we get to the sectional and Zionsville is there with their Zionsvilleness. Now we have that experience of, that girl is really fast, but we are going to swim fast anyway because second and third place matter. We just want to out-touch as much as we can, even if they are tenths of a second."
On the boys side, Dollens was extremely happy with the way most of the team stepped up when the team was short handed.
"The boys did a really nice job of competing," Dollens said. "We had a few kids out with injuries or illness and they were swimming different events than they have been even though we haven't had a lot of meets or kids swimming a lot of years anyway. Tristan Kolat, looking at the box score it doesn't look like he made a giant difference, but I told him that I needed him to swim the 100-fly because I needed another flyer and he went out there and did the best he could. We had several of those where kids did what they had to do and we almost got them, but they have a quality team."
For more of this story, read Friday's Lebanon Reporter.