By Will Willems
---- — It hasn't been the easiest of Januarys for the Zionsville swimming and diving teams.
The winter weather has played havoc with the Eagles schedule, but they were able to get a dual meet in with Hamilton Southeastern on Jan. 21.
The Eagles lost both halves of the dual meet, with the girls falling 94-92 and the boys falling 111-74.
"It was basically our first real dual meet since we faced Fishers in December," Zionsville head coach Scott Kubly said. "We had a dual against Westfield in early January but we swam different events there. As far as getting back into their normal events, it was good to have a dual. Girls had a tough loss but swam well and the boys swam well too. That is the first time the boys have scored more than 70 points in several years if ever. So that was really good."
The Eagles have had three dual meets cancelled since the calendar turned to 2014.
Kubly said being able to finally get one in before the sectional in the opening coming weeks was good.
"With dual meets, it is good to get up and race competition," Kubly said. "But we have had to cancel some so that kids were excited to be able to actually have a meet. Any time you can go against Hamilton Southeastern, a team we have a lot of respect for, and have a great meet that will only help us down the road."
All four teams that competed in the dual are ranked in the top-15.
The girls meet featured No. 10 Zionsville and No. 5 HSE, while the boys had No. 14 Zionsville and No. 2 HSE.
Kubly said facing a good team late in the year is good for his team.
"It really teaches us to win some of those close races," Kubly said. "That could be a difference between going to state or going home or making the finals at state. Any time we see good competition is great."
For more of this story, read the Jan. 29 edition of the Times Sentinel.