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Hastings, East Ridge set to face off in key SEC swim meet

While the Suburban East Conference swimming and diving relays weren’t scored last week, a few things still became crystal clear.

First – East Ridge is still fast.

Second – Stillwater is still a contender.

Third – Hastings is right there with them both, and the SEC season should come down to those three.

In fact, it won’t take long to figure out exactly how close East Ridge and Hastings are – the two teams meet tonight (Thursday) in a big SEC dual meet that will likely determine the eventual conference champion.

“East Ridge was the team to beat at the conference relay meet, and they are the team to beat in the conference,” coach Gerry Rupp said. “They did not lose anyone from their team last year. They are incredibly tough. It’s going to be a really hard meet. Hopefully we will swim well for it.”

At the SEC relays, Hastings turned in a strong performance in many events, including the night’s final race, the 400 freestyle relay. Hastings took second with a time of 3 minutes and 22.67 seconds, just two tenths of a second behind East Ridge.

“It was stroke for stroke between us and East Ridge,” Rupp said. “That was a fun race. That got the most cheering of the entire night.”

Rupp was encouraged by several swims at the meet.

He said Colby Smith had good swims in both the 100 butterfly (53.4) and the 50 butterfly (23.6).

Thomas Everson fared well in the 100 individual medley (56.1) and in the 100 freestyle (49.4).

Jack VanZee swam a 100 freestyle split in 49.5 during the 400 freestyle relay.

Scott Christensen broke a minute (59.8) in the 100 freestyle.

Complete results from the meet went like this:

400 medley relay – team of Brandon Underwood, Cole Tipler, Colby Smith and Thomas Everson, second, 3:43.85; team of Erik Christensen, Patrick Clark, Carter Williams and Scott Christensen, 4:33.22.

200 freestyle relay – team of Bobby Moore, Jack Weldon, Cal Gergen and Cole Scully, fifth, 1:41.30; team of Justin Sokol, Trevan Rafter, John Rupp and Chris Benson, 2:04.31.

4x100 IM relay – team of Jack VanZee, Tipler, Williams and Everson, fourth, 3:59.73; team of Aaron McCullough, Erik Christensen, Rupp and Sawyer Schmitt, 5:10.96.

Diving – Hastings, fourth, 153.90.

200 butterfly relay – team of Hayden Schmitt, Weldon, McCullough and Smith, second, 1:44.58; team of Chris Benson, Scott Christensen, Sawyer Schmitt and Clark, 2:24.33.

850 crescendo relay – team of Gergen, Scully, Everson and VanZee, second, 8:22.99; team of Sokol, Ethan Kimmes, Williams and Moore, 10:10.03.

200 backstroke relay – team of Sokol, Rafter, Rupp and Scott Christensen, 2:37.43.

200 breaststroke relay – team of Scully, Clark, Moore and Tipler, seventh, 2:12.22; team of Kimmes, Chris Benson, Schmitt and Rafter, 2:43.78.

400 freestyle relay – team of Underwood, Smith, Hayden Schmitt and VanZee, second, 3:22.67; team of Weldon, Erik Christensen, Gergen and Stephen Smith, 11th, 3:50.11.