Smith-Cotton outscored six of seven visiting schools and celebrated senior night Wednesday at Joseph W. Arbisi Memorial Pool in Sedalia.
Tigers junior Jeremy Acosta finished one second shy of the program’s 500-yard freestyle record in a time of 5 minutes, 11.07 seconds. Already on the board for two records set last season, Acosta shaved three seconds from his personal best Wednesday to challenge the 36-year old mark.
Smith-Cotton swim coach Jerry Tankersley said Acosta and the Tigers have yet to plateau.
“I think he’s got more in him,” Tankersley said of Acosta. “I think they all do.”
Smith-Cotton’s 200-yard medley relay team of Acosta, Hunter Scholl, Lowell Pilliard and Cooper Rea placed fifth in 1:58.13. Scholl was runner-up in the 200 free with a time of 2:10.69. Acosta captured the 200-yard individual medley in 2:10.68. He finished one second shy of the program’s 500-yard freestyle record in 5:11.07.
Scholl, PIlliard, Rea and Acosta finished runner-up in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:57.54. Warrensburg’s Hayden Vernon, Christian Lockard, Ryan Sheets and Tyler Moore won the event in 3:56.47.
Jered Baker, senior, posted S-C’s best time in the 50-yard freestyle at 27.89 seconds. Fellow seniors Vlad Husyev (2:35.89) and Carlos Guzman (3:10.30) each competed individually in the 200 free.
Tankersley said Baker and Guzman have been solid two-year contributors, and compared Husyev to the sixth man on a basketball team.
“He’s always where I need him,” Tankersley said. “Always does a great job.”
In team dual standings, Smith-Cotton outscored Battle 197-55, Belton 178-118, Warrensburg 148-134, Hickman 147-121, Marshall 191-60 and Parkview 204-39. The Tigers were the only team to enter divers, and Rock Bridge still collected 156 points to Smith-Cotton’s 131.
The Tigers continue 4 p.m. Thursday hosting old rivals for the West Central Classic in Sedalia.
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