May, Moore Advance To State

PM SENIOR Breanne Moore (center) gets ready to start the 100-yard backstroke, in which she placed seventh in 1:13.84 to advance to the state meet. (Dylan May photo)

PM SENIOR Breanne Moore (center) gets ready to start the 100-yard backstroke, in which she placed seventh in 1:13.84 to advance to the state meet. (Dylan May photo)

FIGHTING BLUE sophomore Matthew Hemmings gets set to dive in at the start of the 50-yard freestyle, in which he finished 25th in 34.74 seconds. (Dylan May photo)

FIGHTING BLUE sophomore Matthew Hemmings gets set to dive in at the start of the 50-yard freestyle, in which he finished 25th in 34.74 seconds. (Dylan May photo)

Two Parry McCluer High School girls swimmers, sophomore Kensey May and senior Breanne Moore, advanced to the state meet by placing in the top five in individual events at the Region 2C Meet on Monday of last week at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center. The PM girls placed ninth of 12 teams.

May advanced in two events, placing third in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:19.94 and finishing fourth in the 500-yard freestyle in 6:20.96, a personal record (PR) by over 15 seconds. Last year, May competed at the state meet in the 100-yard freestyle, just missing the finals. She also swam the 200-yard freestyle last year, but she decided to increase her distance this year.

Moore finished fifth at the regional meet to advance in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:13.84, a PR by nearly six seconds. Moore came in seventh in the 100-yard butterfly in a PR 1:13.68. This is Moore’s lone season competing for the Blues, as she was in Utah last year.

Taylorann Cash concluded a strong sophomore season by placing eighth in both of her events, the 100-yard backstroke in 1:18.07 and the 100-yard freestyle (1:07.87).

All three PM girls scored points for the Blues by placing in the top eight, and they were in the fastest heat.

The Lady Blues scored 19 points to finish a place behind Giles (23). Glenvar won the meet with 138 points, Radford (89) placed second, and George Wythe (81) finished third.

The lone PM boy competing was sophomore Matthew Hemmings, who concluded a season of great progress by finishing 25th in the 50-yard freestyle in 37.47 seconds. PM’s other male swimmer, Sanzhar Abdimazhitov, a junior exchange student from Kazakhstan was away on a trip for international students. PM did not score any points in the boys’ meet, which Radford won with 191 points, while James River (89) placed second and Giles (47) came in third. PM head coach Becca Smith said the secondyear swimmer swam hard and “has come a long way.”

Reviewing the meet overall, Smith said, “All my swimmers swam hard and gave it their best shot. I’m so proud of all of them and honored to have been their coach this year.

The state meet, which will include swimmers from Class 1 and Class 2, will take place on Thursday at the SwimRVA Collegiate School Aquatics Center in Richmond.

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