Lebanon Reporter

January 21, 2014

WeBo boys win one for Swisher

By Will Willems Sports Editor
Lebanon Reporter

---- — The team shirts of the Western Boone swimming and diving team put it simply: "You don't have to, you get to, for Swisher."

The Stars swim teams have dedicated the season to the former coach, who was killed in a bicycle accident this past summer.

He would have liked what he saw Saturday at the Sagamore Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, as the boys team won their first conference title in 21 years, edging Frankfort 387.00-374.50.

"It absolutely means more (because of Swisher)," Western Boone head coach Jennifer Jones said. "I kind of feel like he was helping us with the win. I am very proud of (the team). It was a total team effort. It was amazing to see them competing together and cheering each other on. I couldn't be happier."

The meet came down to the final race of the day, the 400-yard freestyle relay.

The Stars entered the race leading the Hot Dogs by 6.50 points, meaning if they finished in the top-two spots, they would guarantee the victory.

The team of Cole Henry, Colt O'Brien, Connor Corwin and Owen Richardson did just that, winning the race in a time of 3:26.38 and clinching the conference title.

"We knew that we were only 6.5 points up at that point, so we told them place in the top-2, or we get second," Jones said. "They stepped it up. We haven't tapered, we have rested and we had a hard time over Christmas and then the snow came and we couldn't practice. I am really proud of them. They stepped up and did what had to be done."

It was the cap to an excellent day personally for Richardson, who was named boys' swimmer of the meet for his performance.

He started off the day by leading off the victorious 200-yard medley relay team that also featured Corwin, O'Brien and Henry.

For more of this story, read Tuesday's Lebanon Reporter.