Panther swimmers continue to show strong effort as season continues

Senior Michael Meyer accomplished two third place finishes at a triangular meet against Edwardsville and Chatham Glenwood, one in the 200 individual medly and one in the 100 freestyle. (Submitted Photo)

The O’Fallon Boys Swim Team competed in a triangular meet against sectional rivals Edwardsville and Chatham Glenwood last Thursday. The Panthers weren’t able to overcome the competition, but Coach Kimberly Eddy was not discouraged by the team’s performances.

“I am very happy with the way the boys are working and performing right now. The team is giving 110 percent at every practice and meet. We are not going easy at practices because of an upcoming meet, and the team is still showing improvement and swimming best times. The guys are leaving it all in the pool every time they dive in, whether at practice or at a meet,” said Coach Eddy. 

The Panthers had a handful of third place finishes on the day. Two of those coming from senior Michael Meyer. Meyer placed third in the 200 IM and the 100 freestyle. 

The other third place finishes for O’Fallon came from sophomores Jack Peterson and Ethan Stein. Peterson placed third in the 500 freestyle and Stein finished third in the 50 freestyle. 

“Ethan has shown a lot of growth over the last year. He has only been swimming for a year now and has already established himself as one of the point scorers on the team. Ethan does not shy away from hard work. He is willing to put in the hours of training to get results,” Coach Eddy commented. 

Stein was also a member of two OTHS relays.

“I felt pretty good about my performance. I was pretty sore after a hard week of training, but I was still able to get a best time. I definitely feel that I have a more important role on the team this year,” Stein said. 

Peterson is a returning Varsity letter winner. Last year at the Sectional meet, he swam two individual events and scored points in both of the events. 

“I felt like I could have done better at the meet, but there were absolutely positives to be taken away from it. I think this year, I have had to step up in the relays and as a point scorer for the team,” Peterson said.

The Panther relays also took third place in all three relay events. In the medley relay, Nick Oulvey, Peterson, E. Stein, and Jonathan Stein were able to put together four strong legs. The relay team of Jonathan Stein, Meyer, Stephen Monson, and Brady Gotter were able to put up a season best time for OTHS in the 200 freestyle relay.  Peterson and E.Stein joined J. Stein and Meyer in the 400 freestyle relay to finish the night on a strong performance. 

The Panthers have their only home meet this Saturday, January 19, at the YMCA in O’Fallon. The meet starts at 2 p.m. and is free to the public.