The Zionsville boys’ and girls’ swim teams look to finish strong before heading into the holiday break, and they took their first step in doing so with their Tuesday, Dec. 6, meet at Fishers.

The No. 2-ranked girls team defeated the Tigers 100-86 while the boys came back from their dual with Fishers and tied 93-93.

“The girls had some really good races, and the boys did too,” Zionsville coach Scott Kubly said. “Coming with the tie there at the end was kind of exciting. They definitely earned that because things weren’t going so well toward the middle of the meet.”

The boys solidified their tie thanks in part to their performance in the two final races where they edged Fishers 17-13.

Junior Kit Coscia took first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.17, and the boys’ 400 free relay teams took second and third.

The girls also finished the meet strong with their 400 free relay team. Seniors Zoe Mattingly, Elizabeth Lyon, sophomore Hannah Mitchell and freshman Taite Kitchel placed first, posting a time of 3:39.97.

It has been a nonstop season for both swim squads thus far.

Just days before, on Saturday, Dec. 3, the teams competed in the Indiana High School Hall of Fame Classic at Franklin where the girls placed second of nine teams while the boys finished ninth.

However, both squads were without one of their top swimmers — Mattingly and Peter Lyon — who were competing at a national meet.

“With where we are in terms of our depth and, of course, our best guy wasn’t there, I thought we swam pretty well,” Kubly said about the boys. “They went in with a good attitude to that meet and the same with the girls.”

Fortunately, the swim teams get a break in their schedule soon.

Currently, they are preparing for the their own invitational, Saturday, Dec. 17, before the holiday break hits.

Kubly has noticed fatigue in his swimmers but expected it with such a schedule. He is even surprised himself they’re performing at the level they are.

“They’re definitely a little sore, a little tired right now, and that’s kind of a good thing,” Kubly said. “This time of the year, being tired and everything like that, I just think everybody has stepped up and competed really well.

“Last night in some of our relays (at Fishers) we looked really slow, but when I got the results and looked at the swim times I was like, ‘Oh, we weren’t very slow at all.’”

With the downtime approaching, Kubly expects to work more in practice on improving his swimmers’ strokes and to tune up for the second half of the season.

“We’ll get where we need to be by the time February rolls around,” Kubly said. It’s just about everybody going in there and stepping up to the plate.”

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