It was a meet of historic significance for boys 13-14 swimmer Paxton Higgerson, who kept his season-long winning streak going and broke a 26-year old Southern Illinois Swim League record in the 100 meter individual medley. Higgerson's time of 1:06.83 was one-thousandth of a second better than Mt. Vernon's Larry Jukes back in 1989. Higgerson also improved his team record in the butterfly, and added a third win on the night in the breaststroke.
Both girls 11-12 relay teams also set team records. The same foursome of Makoa Montgomery, Lauren Heape, Lindsey Gossman and Meesha Montgomery broke the 2013 record in the freestyle relay with a time of 2:10.31, and the 2014 record in the medley with a mark of 2:27.03.
In addition to Higgerson's big night, five other Indians also swam their way to three individual wins - Adalyn Darnell (girls 9-10; breaststroke, butterfly, IM), Meesha Montgomery (girls 11-12; 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, IM), Olivia Cravens (girls 13-14; 50m freestyle, breaststroke, IM), Quinn Kirkpatrick (girls 15-18; 50m freestyle, backstroke, butterfly) and Maddax Thompson (boys 7-8; 50m freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly).
Other Du Quoin swimmers posting wins on Tuesday included Kelby Funk (girls 6 & under; freestyle, backstroke), Mikah Montgomery (girls 7-8; 50m freestyle, breaststroke), Kallie Oestreicher (girls 7-8; backstroke), Makoa Montgomery (girls 11-12; backstroke, butterfly), Lauren Heape (girls 11-12; breaststroke), Maci Montgomery (girls 15-18; 100m freestyle), Haley Kuhnert (girls 15-18; breaststroke, IM), A.J. Keith (boys 7-8; 25m freestyle, backstroke), Henry Harsy (boys 9-10; 25m freestyle), Malik Jones (boys 9-10; backstroke), Jackson Halstead (boys 9-10; breaststroke), Rylan Ragar (boys 15-18; backstroke) and Caleb Gomes (boys 15-18; breaststroke, IM).
The Swimming Indians were victorious in eleven relay events on the evening.
All of Du Quoin's top-four finishers in each event appear in list format on the scoreboard page of today's newspaper.
The Indians have one regular season meet remaining - Thursday night at Marion - before the SISL Championships in Du Quoin on July 25.