O’FALLON – The Panther’s swimming team had a breakthrough performance this weekend and the Urbana High School Tiger Invitational. OTHS placed second overall out of seven teams, just 13 points out of first place.
“It was a complete team effort. Every member of the team that swam contributed points to the overall score. The team dropped time and placed well. We had outstanding swims from both our veteran swimmers and our younger members of the team,” said Coach Kimberly Eddy.
The Panthers started the day off by placing first and third in the 200 Medley relay. The relay of Michael Meyer, Jack Peterson, Ethan Stein and Jonathan Stein finished 4.5 seconds ahead of the rest of the field scoring 40 points toward the team’s total. The relay team of Nick Oulvey, Brady Gotter, Kevin Liu, and Brandon Monson out touched the 4th place team to medal in the event and add 32 points to the team total.
Meyer and Peterson were able to up the medal count for the Panthers in the 200IM. Meyer finished in second with Peterson right behind him in third.
“Michael and Jack led the way for us on Saturday,” Coach Eddy said. “Both of them had first place overall finishes in individual events and swam fast legs in both first place relays.”
In the 500 freestyle, Peterson placed first with a season best time of 5:38.66. Peterson out swam the competition, coming in 11 seconds before the second place finisher. Meyer received his gold medal in the 100 backstroke.
The Panther relays were a big reason for their success on Saturday. In the 200 free relay, the team of Liu, Gotter, Oulvey and E. Stein placed fourth overall. The relay team of Meyer, Peterson, E. Stein and J. Stein came together again in the 400 freestyle relay to take home another gold medal.
Freshman Brady Gotter earned a first place finish for the Panthers as well. In the 100 breaststroke, He finished in a time of 1:12.90. Gotter finished almost two seconds ahead of the competition.
“The boys swam great on Saturday. Their hard work is starting to translate to the pool. After this weekend, we have a lot of momentum working behind us. It is perfect timing as we move into post season in February,” said Cach Eddy.
The Panthers swim again on February 2. They travel to Springfield for the last regular season meet to take on Chatham Glenwood, Springfield High School, and Springfield Southeast High School.