RC Girls Unbeaten In Duals

PM SENIOR Breanne Moore competes in the girls’ 200-yard individual medley, in which she placed sixth. Moore and other seniors were honored at the meet. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

PM SENIOR Breanne Moore competes in the girls’ 200-yard individual medley, in which she placed sixth. Moore and other seniors were honored at the meet. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

RC SOPHOMORE Lincoln Garcia comes up for air during the butterfly section of the boys’ 200-yard individual medley, in which he placed second. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

RC SOPHOMORE Lincoln Garcia comes up for air during the butterfly section of the boys’ 200-yard individual medley, in which he placed second. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

WILDCAT JUNIOR Hope Huger celebrates after finishing sixth in the girls’ 200-yard freestyle. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

WILDCAT JUNIOR Hope Huger celebrates after finishing sixth in the girls’ 200-yard freestyle. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

RC SOPHOMORE Susanne Mayock-Bradley swims the breaststroke section of the girls’ 200-yard individual medley, in which she placed third. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

RC SOPHOMORE Susanne Mayock-Bradley swims the breaststroke section of the girls’ 200-yard individual medley, in which she placed third. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

PM SOPHOMORE Kensey May (far right) and other swimmers get ready to jump into the pool at the start of the 200-yard freestyle. May finished fifth. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

PM SOPHOMORE Kensey May (far right) and other swimmers get ready to jump into the pool at the start of the 200-yard freestyle. May finished fifth. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

Wildcats, Blues Swim In Final Home Meet

The Rockbridge County High School girls swimming team defeated all four opponents in final home meet of the season on Friday night at Rockbridge Aquatics Center, while the RC boys beat two of four teams. The Parry Mc- Cluer swimmers continue to show improvement.

The Lady Wildcats, who remained undefeated in dual meets this season, 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 lost narrowly to WM 76-75 and TA 80-74.

Looking forward to a rematch with TA at the Valley District Meet on Feb. 1 in Harrisonburg, RC co-head coach Leslie Ayers said, “We are confident. We are ready.”

It was a larger meet than originally planned because Alleghany was able to take part. The Mountaineers were to compete in a meet at RC the week before that was cancelled due to inclement weather. In total, there were 105 swimmers at the pool, along with many cheering fans.

The RC girls won four individual races and two relays. Freshman Ali Pfaff, who had previously qualified by time for the Class 3 state meet in three individual events, qualified in three more individual 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 the 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 head coach Becca Smith said the meet went well for the Blues. PM had just four swimmers competing, two boys and two girls. In duals against teams other than RC, the PM boys lost to Alleghany 60-7, WM 105-7 and TA 110-10. The PM girls lost to TA 128-18, WM 71-22 and Alleghany 118-16.

PM boys Matthew Hemmings and Sanzhar Abdimazhitov both improved their times in the 50-yard freestyle, with Hemmings placing 11th in 34.13 and Abdimazhitov finishing 12th in 34.34. In the 100-yard backstroke, Hemmings finished eighth in 1:41.8.

The Blues’ eighth-grader, Sydney Mahaffey, also participated at the meet. She could not score or place since she’s not at the high school level, but she would’ve placed ninth in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:29.61, a PR by about 15 seconds. “She’s an up-and-coming swimmer,” Smith of Mahaffey, who also raced in the 50-yard freestyle.

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. Praising the seniors, Ayers said, “They’ve been a great group, wonderful, lovely. I have known them since they were toddlers.

PM honored Moore and Abdimazhitov, a junior exchange student from Kazakhstan.

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

Additional individual swimmers who placed in the top three individually for RC on Friday were as follows:

(Boys) 200-yard freestyle – 2. Benjamin Barney 2:15.33 (PR); 200-yard IM – 2. Lincoln Garcia 2:38.62 (PR); 50-yard freestyle – 2. Smith 26.13 (PR); 500- yard freestyle – 3. Garcia 6:37.16 (PR); 100-yard backstroke – 2. Grajzl 1:00.35 (PR).

(Girls) 200-yard freestyle – 3. Ella Vaught 2:20.91; 200-yard IM – 2. Isabel Pfaff 2:33.8 (PR), 3. Mayock-Bradley 2:36.3; 50-yard freestyle – 3. Liliana Vargas 26.63; 100-yard butterfly – 2. Isabel Pfaff 1:06.3, 3. MacDermott 1:09.31; 100-yard freestyle – 2. Sofia Vargas 1:03.93 (PR); 500-yard freestyle – 3. Vaught 6:27.32 (PR); 100-yard backstroke – 2. Bartley 1:15.56 (PR).

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