AVON — Avon’s swim teams turned the water in the pool a shade of pink for their Breast Cancer awareness night on Tuesday against visiting Center Grove. The teams promoted a “Pink Out,” and the fans, parents and swimmers responded by displaying their best pink attire.
Avon split the meet, as the Avon boys took a 120-53 win and the girls fell 108-77.
“As a group we were just a little bit off,” Avon coach Jon Karr said. “I’m not exactly sure, but we will sit and talk about why we were not as good as we’ve been this season. We always have meets like this every now and again.
“We’ve been working hard here and in the weight room. Maybe the emotion wasn’t there tonight … we were a little bit sluggish.”
Avon’s Parks Jones, sporting a pink ribbon decal on his face, took down the longest standing record on the Orioles’ books, the 50 freestyle. Jones bested Eric Wollenhaupt’s 1989 record of 21.72, finishing in 21.44.
“I’ve been wanting to break the 50 and last year I broke the 100 (free) from the same guy, something like 23 years,” Jones said. “It’s really cool to just break a record that’s been up there forever.”
Jones also broke his own 100 free record (47.88) from last year, setting the new mark at 46.95.
Avon’s boys won nine of 12 events en route to its victory.
Jones (50 free, 100 free), Grant Lewis (200 free), Chandler Bray (200 IM, 100 breast) and Greg Sprout (500 free) were all individual winners for Avon.
Avon’s squad of Garrett Hammons, Michael Goldhammer, Lorenz and Bray won the 200 IM relay; the team of Lewis, Sprout, Jones and Lorenz took first in the 200 free relay; and Lewis, Sprout, Jones and Bray placed first in the 400 free relay.
Avon’s Katie Qualls took the only two girls’ wins for the Orioles in the 200 IM and 100 fly.
In addition to Qualls, Karr was impressed with how freshman Natalie Myers performed on the night.
“Natalie had a really good, solid meet today,” Karr said. “I’m pretty sure she went a lifetime best in the 100 back and had a good butterfly as well, but Katie out-touched her at the end.”
Avon now turns its focus on preparing for the county meet on Dec. 21. Though Karr stressed the team should be tired from all the work they’ve been doing, he said it’s always an exciting meet for everyone, and hopes to use it as a springboard.
“We’re gonna go hard and get at it and hopefully swim fast at county with some emotion,” Karr said. “We go through Christmas break and then hopefully finish with a conference championship.”
Even though the performance wasn’t exactly what Karr had hoped for, he was happy to see the team step up and rally around the “Pink Out.”
“I haven’t heard the (fundraising) outcome and it’s always nice to do some good for the community and for a good cause,” Karr said. “It’s fun to be a part of that. I’m anxious to see how we came out.”
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