Patton wins 500 title as Stars finish 6th in HHC meet

BNL’s Ursula Patton won the 500 freestyle race during the Hoosier Hills Conference meet on Saturday.

JEFFERSONVILLE – Bedford North Lawrence junior Ursula Patton won the individual title in the 500-yard freestyle race during the Hoosier Hills Conference meet on Saturday.

The Stars finished sixth in the eight-team field with 86 points. Floyd Central claimed the team championship with 342 while Jeffersonville was second with 301.

Patton touched the wall first in 5:28.16. She was seeded third and started off in second position as Floyd’s Erin Perkins took the early lead. But Patton pushed through and passed Perkins at the race midpoint, then pulled away.

“That’s a big win,” BNL coach Terry Tlustek said. “I told her to surprise some people. She was behind, but she was determined to fight back.”

Patton’s time was a 4-second drop from her best time of the season.

Patton was also fourth in the 100 butterfly in 1:04.39. BNL’s Shaylee Summers was seventh in the 100 backstroke in 1:09.47.

BNL was fifth in the 200 medley relay as Summers, Georgia Sites, Patton and Shelby Slaughter combined to finish in 2:09.99.

The Stars will return to action at Seymour on Tuesday.

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