Jeeps, Pats partake in triangularJanuary 18, 2021
By COREY STOLZENBACH
DUBOIS — Both Kendra Friedman and Gary Ayer would like to work on some things with their respective teams following Monday's triangular meet with Tecumseh.
Host Northeast Dubois finished in second place on the boys side with 79 team points, which Heritage Hills won with a score of 122 and Tecumseh came in third on the boys side with 67 points. The Patriots fell just shy of the sweep, however, as Tecumseh's girls edged out Heritage Hills, 129-110, and Northeast Dubois in third at 62.
"We've been kind of in and out of the water, so just trying to keep our endurance up has been a big thing," Friedman, the Jeeps coach, said. "We have a lot of kids that are super fatigued right now because their endurance isn't where it should be because of quarantine, so we can't really help that."
"We're just trying to work on the little things," Friedman continued. "I know I saw a lot of technique issues at this meet. So, we were going to take that to practice this week, and try to work on those little things because sectional's coming pretty soon here."
Friedman mentioned the little things specifically alluding to the Jeeps being slow with their kicks underwater off of turns, with their breakouts not being fast and some turns themselves not being very good. She knows those little things must be fixed before sectional.
Ayer also found turns to be an issue Monday evening in spite of nearly sweeping the triangular. The Pats coach told the Herald that the program has emphasized turns all year, but this is going to be a reminder.
"We started making some progress, and then, for whatever reason, tonight, I don't know what's going on there," Ayer said. "There were a few races that we got beat because we got beat on turns, not necessarily because we got out-swam."
The locals started off strong by winning each of the first six events on the evening. Heritage Hills won five of these events, while Preston Brinkman from Northeast Dubois got the lone wins of the night for his team in the boys 200 freestyle and later in the 100 backstroke.
"He works really hard," Friedman said of Brinkman. "He wants to do more, more, more at practice. He wants the fastest times in his sets. He just puts the work in. Every time he swims, he swims really well because of that reason."
The Braves went on a stretch, though, winning six out of seven events during the middle of the meet. Heritage Hills did string some wins down the stretch on both sides, however, when Josh Halvorson won the 500 freestyle. Halvorson also combined to win the 400 freestyle relay for the last race of the night, along with Kyan Bell, Braylon Caswell and Kyle Eubank.
Heritage Hills got some wins in the later girls races, too, with Rachel Martin, Bridget Flannagan, Riley Ayer and Alexa Fleck swimming to victory in the 200 freestyle relay. Claire Coleman prevailed in the 100 breaststroke and also combined to win the final girls event of the evening — taking the 400 freestyle relay, along with Flannagan, Sidney Ayer and Avery Vinson.
The Patriot girls have two days to get ready for the girls Pocket Athletic Conference preliminaries on Thursday at Boonville before Saturday's finals, and Ayer said they'll have to figure something out quick. He likes what he has with his lineup for PAC, but he knows they're going to have to be mentally ready.
"I want them focused on what they're doing Thursday night being ready because you got to take care of business on Thursday night before you even get to Saturday," he said.
The Jeeps, meanwhile, will have the rest of the week off and they'll put more work in the pool as they get ready for their Jan. 26 home meet against Vincennes Lincoln.
"I think it's a mental thing," Friedman said. "I think it's a little bit of endurance, but I think it's also a mental thing. So, we have to get our heads in the game, and just kind of dig down deep and go.
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