RC Girls Swimmers Go Unbeaten In Home Meet

By: 
Jonathan Schwab

 

Friday, Jan. 10 – The Rockbridge County High School girls swimming team defeated all four opponents in its final home meet of the season on Friday night at Rockbridge Aquatics Center, while the RC boys beat two of four teams. The Parry McCluer swimmers showed improvement.

The Lady Wildcats beat Alleghany 130-39, PM 140-11, Valley District rival Turner Ashby 109-61 and Wilson Memorial 141-20. The RC boys defeated Alleghany 107-25 and PM 112-5, but they lost to WM 76-75 and TA 80-74.

The RC girls won four individual races and two relays. Freshman Ali Pfaff, who had previous qualified by time for the Class 3 state meet in three individual events, qualified in three more races. She won two races in personal-record (PR) times: the 50-yard freestyle (24.84 seconds) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:25.28). Winning one race each for the Lady Wildcats were Aine MacDermott (100-yard backstroke, 1:14.48) and Susanne Mayock-Bradley (100-yard breaststroke, 1:16.43). Pfaff also qualified in the 100-yard freestyle with her leadoff time in the 400-yard freestyle relay, finishing in 55.8 seconds. The RC girls also won relay in 4:03.82. Other team members were Isabel Pfaff and sisters Sofia and Liliana Vargas.

The RC girls’ 200-yard freestyle team qualified for the state meet, winning in 1:45.51, a season-best time by about six seconds. Team members were Isabel and Ali Pfaff, Liliana Vargas and MacDermott.

Winning one race each for the RC boys were Paul Grajzl and Charlie Smith. Grajzl claimed the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.18, a PR by over nine seconds, and Smith won the 500-yard freestyle in a PR 6:05.48.

The RC boys were missing one of their top swimmers, Aiden Mason-Velasquez, who was out sick.

For the PM girls, Kensey May placed fourth in the 100-yard freestyle (1:06.54)  and finished fifth in the 200-yard freestyle (PR 2:25.06). Breanne Moore came in sixth and recorded PRs in both of her races, the 200-yard individual medley (2:46.9) and the 100-yard butterfly (1:15.25).

PM boys Matthew Hemmings and Sanzhar Abdimazhitov both improved their in the 50-yard freestyle, with Hemmings placing 11th in 34.13 and Abdimazhitov finishing 12th in 34.34.

At the break in the meet, the Wildcats and Blues honored their seniors and exchange students. The RC girls’ coaches recognized and presented flowers to their three seniors: Kelby Bartley, Liesel Nelson and Liliana Vargas. PM honored Moore and Abdimazhitov, a junior exchange student from Kazakhstan.

The Blues return to action at James River next Wednesday, and the Wildcats will next compete at Harrisonburg next Saturday, Jan. 18, at 9 a.m.

For the full story and photos from Thursday’s meet, with more results, please see our Jan. 15 newspaper.

 

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