Boys swimmers take third in four team meet after costly relay DQ

The O’Fallon boys swim team competed against Chatham Glenwood, Sacred Heart Griffin, and Springfield High School this past Saturday. The Panthers finished in third place, just 25 points out of second place. 

“There was a very costly disqualification on one of our relays in the last event. That DQ cost us 22 points and would have put us in front of SHS (Springfield High). Every meet is a learning experience and a DQ is part of that experience. Other than the DQ, our team looked strong and ready to take on the post season,” Head Coach Kim Eddy said.

The Panthers came out fast early in the meet with a second place finish in the medley relay. The relay of Michael Meyer, Jack Peterson, Ethan Stein and Jonathan Stein has had a lot of success all season and Saturday was no exception. 

In the 200 individual medley, OTHS scored big points when they had three swimmer place int eh top six. Nick Oulvey led this charge for the Panthers with a third place overall finish. Kevin Liu and Brady Gotter were the other two competitors coming in fifth and sixth respectively.

“Nick is a swimmer that has been a very key part of every line up for OTHS this year. He has dropped significant time in his events since last year and is now one of the top swimmers on the team,” said Eddy.

The Panthers found a high level of success in the 500 freestyle as well. Freshman Brady Gotter earned OTHS its only gold medal on the day in this event. Jonathan Stein touched the wall third. 

Coach Eddy said, “Brady’s 500 was the swim of the day. He swam his own race and was able to come back on the leaders in the last 100 and take it in the last 50. Brady is not only talented but competitive. He won’t back down from a challenge.”

OTHS finished the day with another strong performance in the relays. The 400 freestyle relay of Meyer, E. Stein, J. Stein and Oulvey took second overall to add points to the final tally. 

“The guys swam really well. Swimming off events is tough and they were still able to drop time.Heading into the Sectional meet next week, I think the guys are in a great place. I am expecting them to do well and see some great times posted up on that board,” Eddy commented.

The Panthers will travel to Edwardsville next week to compete in the Sectional meet and hopefully qualify swimmers for the state meet.