Panthers boys swimming kicks off season against tough opponents

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The O’Fallon Boys Swimming Team kicked off its competitive season this weekend at the Peoria Notre Dame Irish Invitational placing seventh out of ten teams.

“As a team, we are happy with our overall performance. This invitational has very competitive teams and individuals already swimming under state qualifying times. For many of the boys, it was their first high school meet ever, and they did not swim intimidated,” Coach Kimberly Eddy said.

The Panthers had three swimmers score points in their individual events: Michael Meyer, Jonathan Stein, and Jack Peterson. OTHS also had four relays score points on the day. Meyer was the top scorer for OTHS finishing third in both of his individual races (200 individual medley and 100 backstroke). In the 100 backstroke, Meyer finished just 0.93 out of first and 0.54 over the state qualifying time. Last year, as a junior, Meyer traveled north and competed in the state meet but fell short of qualifying for the finals. Meyer was also a member of two of the top placing relays of the day.

“Michael is a team leader because of his performances in the pool and his work ethic in and out of the pool. He works extremely hard, and motivates his teammates to do so as well. He has very big goals this season and the drive to accomplish them,” says Eddy.

The Panthers will have a busy week ahead as they travel to Edwardsville to take on the Tigers Thursday and head back to Peoria for the Richwoods Invitational on Saturday.

“It was encouraging to see not only my veteran swimmers race well, but my younger swimmers to step up and compete. The team has several underclassmen that are coming into this season working hard and ready to make a big impact,” said Eddy.