Members of the OTHS swimming team got much needed rest with just one competition over the holiday break. The boys traveled to Edwardsville where they competed in a triangular meet against Edwardsville and Springfield High.
O’Fallon finished in third place in the tri however, the young team has continued to improve on their times throughout the season.
“We closed the cap on the point differential between us and Edwardsville from the first time we competed against them,” said head coach Kid Eddy. “We were also missing a few of our normal point scorers so it was encouraging to see that even without them we were able to close that gap.”
Coach Eddy was forced to move some of her swimmers around into competitions they normally don’t swim in order to compensate for the missing roster spots.
Max Gibbs was the lone Panther to earn a first place finish, winning the 100 free competition. Both Brian Hobbs and Yanni Guskey picked up individual medals in the triangular. The medley relay team of Gibbs, Guskey, Adriel Moran, and Patrick Murhphy, as well as the 400 free relay of Moran, Kyle Hobbs, Jake Howey, and Gibbs both picked up points for the Panthers.
Also helping out the Panthers was junior Adam Mueller in the diving competition. The Panthers have been without a diver all season, and after their last loss to Edwardsville, Mueller took it upon himself to step up and face the challenge. Despite having no meet experience and limited practice experience in diving, Mueller managed to get fifth place at the triangular.
“After last time at Edwardsville, Adam talked to me and said ‘Coach I know I can do this, let me do it’,” said Eddy. “So I said ok, put my faith in him, and he did it.”
This weekend the Panthers will take to the water in Champaign to compete in a 15 team invitational.
“We’re looking to just continue improving on our individual times. There are going to be several of our boys swimming in different events they aren’t used to in order to continue preparing for the sectional meet at the end of the year. I’m excited to see who will step up and perform well with these new roles,” said Eddy.