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Jesuit, Academy sweep past Plant

Academy of Holy Names and Jesuit defeat the Plant girls and boys in dual meets Thursday in the Jaguars pool.

The Jaguars scored a 100-85 victory and the Tigers won 115-65.

Academy coach Mara Schultz was not certain of the outcome early, because last year the Panthers won the annual dual by two points. She was a state champion with Plant in high school.

"I thought for sure it would be much closer, because Plant has a very good team every year and they are always deep," Schultz said.

Kelley Hug and Elizabeth Dowdle were two-event winners for the Jaguars. Hug, an all-American swimmer last year, won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1 minute, 0.45 seconds, and the 100 backstroke in 59.45 seconds.

"The meet was not as fast as I would have liked, but it was very satisfying, especially after last year's loss," Hug said. "Plant always gives us a race."

Dowdle won the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:02.10 and the 100 freestyle in 55.87 seconds.

"Both my events were fast," she said. "I did my best times in both. We were all motivated to do well tonight."

Although Plant's Erica Smith is a senior in her first year as a starter, she worked with a club team over the summer and stayed in the mix.

Her 56-second 100 freestyle was in third place, but only 40-hundreths of a second out of first. She finished second behind Hug in the 100 backstroke.

"I had fun in this meet," she said. "I really wanted to beat our school record for the 100 backstroke, but missed it tonight by two seconds."

Plant senior sprinter Alex Pritcher won both his events, the 50 and 100 freestyles, recording his best times in each. He swam the 50 in 22.91 seconds and the 100 in 50.64 seconds.

"Jesuit is a great team and can be very intimidating," Pritcher said. "However, tonight I focused on what I came here to do and didn't think about who I was swimming. They have excellent swimmers and that helps push me faster."

Jesuit's Tommy Wyher won the Class A state 100 backstroke championship last year as a freshman and placed seventh in the 100 butterfly. Thursday he competed only in the butterfly and touched out his closest competitor by 17 seconds.

"We just had fun in this meet tonight," Wyher said. Plant always has a good team. Most of us know each other from club swimming so we really just enjoyed ourselves."

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