Girls relay team breaks their own record against rival school

Brandon Baker, Reporter

Near the end of last year, the SHS girls swim team broke the 200 medley relay record. This year, that mark has been topped yet again.

In the Cards Jan. 15 meet against rival Perry Meridian, the 200 medley relay team, made up of senior Madison Bethel-Brown, junior Jaclyn Boyer and sophomores Brontie Wright and Emma Lattimore, beat their own time of 1:59.65 with a new 1:59.16. Wright, who swam the last leg of the relay, was “surprised” by setting the new record.

“Last year we had worked up all the way to (break the record),” said Wright. “This time, we were just going against Perry and it kinda just happened.”

Head Coach Matt Jeffries acknowledges that breaking a record gives the athletes a boost and shows development and progression in the program.

He also says that this record won’t be around for long. With sectionals coming up, swimmers will be competing to keep their season alive. That should bring out some of the fastest times this school has seen.

“Our end goal is to have sectional champions, state qualifiers and state champions,” said Jeffries. “I wouldn’t focus on that (new) time because in two weeks when we get to sectionals a new record time will replace that one. They have a lot more left in the tank that no one has seen.”