Times were dropping and records were falling for the Smith-Cotton Tiger boys swimming team on Thursday night.
Tigers coach Jerry Tankersley had a big smile on his face while he recounted how his team performed.
“Everybody cut time. I think we cut time across the board,” he said. “It was just a really exciting day. Man, I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”
Smith-Cotton defeated the Marshall Owls 84-81 and knocked off the Raymore-Peculiar Panthers 97-77, but fell to the Platte County Pirates 93-81.
The loss to Platte County did not dampen Tankersley’s enthusiasm because the Tigers were outnumbered by the Pirates.
“I was telling the guys, we’re not getting outswam by these teams that we get beat by. They just have more numbers than us,” Tankersley said. “Across the board we cut off tons of time, we placed well in every event. When you have 10 kids, and every one of my kids are doing the best they can do, it’s a great thing to see. We just need to get a few more kids out.”
Quinton Dobnikar broke the school record in diving. He needed to better the record of 261 points for a six-dive list, and he recorded a 261.2 to claim the record.
“He’s got nowhere to go but up,” said Tankersley. “He’s still working on some dives. He’s working on cleaning up some of the new dives he’s had this year. I look for him to really break it a lot more this season. He did really good.”
Jason Joy and Ehan Sherman posted impressive wins in individual events and then were part of the 400-yard freestyle relay team that grabbed an easy win to conclude the meet.
Joy, who posted a time of 56.83 seconds, took first in the 100 freestyle and finished second in the 50 freestyle.
Sherman was strong throughout the long 500 freestyle and came away with the win. He finished in 5 minutes, 40.22 seconds, just outlasting Cris Ward of Marshall.
The Tigers’ 400 freestyle relay team had one of the most dominating races of the day. Joy, Sherman, Dobnikar, and Dillion Clawson took an early lead and then raced away from the competition for the win in 3:58.26.
Kyle McAllister challenged in the 100 butterfly before finishing third in 1:09.65.
In other dual meet results, Marshall defeated Platte County 81-80 and Raymore-Peculiar 91-69. Platte County rounded out its day by beating Raymore-Peculiar 95-70.