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Shelby Sharks perform well at Carmel Invite

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By The Oldham Era
Staff report

Whether it be on the pool walls, in the lobby hall of fame — which showcases a number of great swimmers ­— or in the waters of the pool itself, IUPUI’s Natatorium in Indianapolis exudes an aura of championship swimming.
That certainly made the Shelby Sharks, a Shelbyville based swim team with plenty of Oldham County flavor, feel right at home as they took to the water at the Carmel Invite.
In a meet that featured teams from far away as Wisconsin, New York and Michigan, as well as talented local competition, the stage was set for the Sharks qualifiers, and they did not disappoint.
Paul Cozzens had a meet to remember, winning the boys’ 13-14 200 breaststroke final in 2:23:11 — a personal best – and laying claim to five other top eight finishes, including third in the 100 breaststroke and fourth in the 200 individual medley.
Several other swimmers had big days as well, including Sidney who finished third in the girls’ open 200 backstroke and fourth in the open 100 backstroke, and Connor Foster, who finished 12th overall in the girls’ 11-12 100 butterfly and sixth place in the 100 breaststroke in 1:15:84.
Finally, brother and sister duo, Christian and Alex Taylor, also turned in gutsy performances.
Alex dropped eight seconds from her original seed time in the girls ‘13-14 200 breaststroke for an 11th place finish (2:37:68), while Christian, capped a solid meet with a fourth place finish in the boys open 100 backstroke with a personal-best time of 53:85.
He also picked up a 14th place finish in the open 200 backstroke.
Three other Sharks qualified and competed in the meet, Mackenzie Weiland, Lydia Jackson and Andi Weidman.
Based on competitive spirit and overall team performance as evidenced by the Sharks times and finishes, the small contingent from Shelbyville made a big splash versus the big guns they faced.

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