Sharks take 3rd in own invitational

MOUNT CARMEL — Led by four high-point winners, the Wabash Valley Sharks placed third at the swimming invitational it hosted Saturday at the Wabash Valley College pool.
Olney cruised to the championship in the seven-team meet. The Tigersharks compiled 896 points, to 374 for runner up Carmi. The Sharks had 290 points, ahead of fourth-place Fairfield with 223. Brittlebank, of Mt. Vernon, Indiana (173 points), Harrisburg (141) and McLeansboro (117) rounded out the order.

Boyd Holt won the high-point title in the 13-year-old boys division, while younger brother Ivan Holt also took the crown in the 11-year-old division. Madison Stevens captured high-point honors for 8-year-old girls as did Colleen Schneider for 10-year-old girls.
The elder Holt, who two weeks ago joined other Sharks swimmers at a Fairfield clinic featuring former Olympic medalist Ian Crocker, took first in the 50-meter freestyle (35.41 seconds), 50-meter backstroke (39.79), 100-meter individual medley (1:31.89) and 50-meter butterfly (43.35). He missed a sweep on the day with a second-place finish in the 50-meter breastroke.
Ivan Holt, meanwhile, did sweep all five of his events, finishing first in the 50 free (35.28), 50 back (45.55), 100 IM (1:39.37), 50 breast (53.80) and 50 fly (47.50), an event he won by with the only sub-minute time in the field.
Stevens won three events: the 25-meter free (24.83), 25 breast (33.77) and 25 fly (28.78). She took second in the 100 IM, an especially grueling event for youngsters of that age (2:23.51) and fourth in the 25 back.
Schneider won four of the five events she entered: 25 free (16.92 seconds), 25 back (22.17) 100 IM (1:45.72) and 25 fly (19.96). She took fourth in the 25 breast.
Other event winners for the Sharks included: Jayla Griggs in the 8-year-old girls 100 IM (2:22.63) and Mady Young in the 10-year-old girls 25 breast (24.24).
There were a total of 130 events held in the five-hour meet. Though all seven teams entered swim together in the Illiana Conference, this was not the official league meet. That will come next month in Mt. Vernon, Indiana.


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