Daniel Seabaugh leads Cape Central to good spot in MSHSAA swim finals

Cape Girardeau Central senior Daniel Seabaugh leads the field in the 500 free race Thursday at the MSHSAA Class 1 Boys Swim State Finals at the Rec-Plex in St. Peters, Mo.
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ST. PETERS, Mo. – Cape Girardeau Central senior Daniel Seabaugh “felt good” during his swims Thursday in the preliminary session of the MSHSAA Class 1 Boys State Swim Finals at the Rec-Plex in St. Peters, Mo., which meant his coach was pleased with how the opening day of competition went for the Tigers.

“It was a great day,” veteran Cape Central coach Dayna Powell said.

The Tigers are the three-time defending team champion and advanced all three relays and eight individuals to today’s finals.

The top eight swimmers from Thursday in each event advance to the finals today, while the ninth through 16th place swimmers compete in the consolation heat in each race.

Seabaugh led Cape Central with a pair of top swims in the 200 free and 500 free events.

The Missouri recruit is the defending champion in both races, as well as the record holder in both.

In the 500 free, he took the race out strong and felt like challenging his record, despite it just being the preliminary heat.

“I think he was feeling pretty good,” Powell said. “He just wanted to see what he could push today.”

Without shaving (his body) or competing in his fastest suit, Seabaugh swam a 4:29.99, which was just a touch slower than his record time of 4:29.83.

“With a shave and changing suits,” Powell said, “hopefully he’ll be ready to go tomorrow.”

Seabaugh is over five seconds faster in the 500 than any other swimmer, while his top time of 1:41.92 was over a second faster than any other competitor in the 200 free.

His teammate, Jacob Bening is the defending champion in the 100 back, as well as the 2017 champion in the 100 free. He isn’t the top seed going into today in either after finishing second in both races.

“I’m not seeded where I want to be,” Bening said. “I want to be in first place. I just wasn’t swimming smart today.”

The Tigers also got finalists out of Truman Vines (50 free, 7th and 100 free, 15th), Jack Maxton (100 fly, 3rd and 100 breast, 6th).

The Tigers’ 200 medley relay team of Bening, Seabaugh, Josh Glenn, and Atticus Vines is seeded second, while the 200 free relay team of Truman Vines, Glenn, Maxton, and Atticus Vines is 10th and the 400 free relay team of Seabaugh, Truman Vines, Maxton and Bening is seeded fourth.

Notre Dame brought its largest group of swimmers in Bulldog history to the meet and they fared well.

“It was good,” Bulldog coach Joe Graves said. “We had some ups and we had some downs. There was a lot of really fast swimming. As a fan of the sport, it was fun to watch.”

Senior Nicholas Hux paced his team with a fifth-place swim in the 200 free and a sixth-place effort in the 500.

Junior Drew Barber is the seventh seed in the 50 free, while sophomore Connor Hux is the 16th seed in the 100 fly.

All three Bulldog relay squads advanced.

The medley relay team of Nick Landewe, Joey LeGrand, Connor Hux, and Liam Arnzen was 14th, while the 200 free relay team of Barber, Arnzen, Caleb LeGrand, and Nicholas Hux is the fourth seed and the 400 free relay team of Barber, Arnzen, Noel Keran, and Nicholas Hux took ninth.

Jackson didn’t bring a large group of athletes, but sophomore Trent Paullus placed 14th in the 100 breast to move on to today.

“We learned that no matter what,” Indian coach Riley Talbutt said, “we have to bring our ‘A-game.’ It’s a fast meet and kids are ready to drop time.”

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