by Jennifer Shockley
Lexington Varsity Swim competed in the annual Dreher Blue Devil Invitational Sunday September 23rd against 24 other top South Carolina High School Swim teams at the USC Blatt Natatorium.
Although neither team came out on top, there were amazing performances all around. The Varsity Boys Swim landed 4th out of 25 teams, some more than twice their size.
Junior JJ Hardy won the Boys 200 Yard Freestyle with a super-fast time of 1:47.92, beating 50 competitors! Sophomore Tucker Hewson swam the Boys 50 Yard Freestyle with a 6th place finish (out of 96 swimmers) with a finish time of 23.32! In the Boys 100 Yard Freestyle, Freshman Morgan Durnford finished fast in 12th overall with a time of 54.47!
In the Boys 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, Wildcats JJ Hardy, Morgan Durnford, James David and Tucker Hewson finished 5th overall with a time of 1:34.25!
JJ Hardy also flew in the 100 yard Butterfly with a First Place time of 52.84! Tucker Hewson came in 2nd place in the same event with a finish time of 55.02!
Freshman James David swam fast in the Boys 100 Yard Backstroke with an 11th overall finish time of 1:037.97!
In the Boys 400 Yard Freestyle Relay, Tucker Hewson, Morgan Durnford, James David and JJ Hardy took 2nd place with a finish time of 3:30.61!
Junior Ray Fairbank sliced through the 100 Yard Breaststroke with a 5th place finish overall and a time of 1:05.65!
Varsity girls showed their strength with Freshman Grace Kolb placing 19th out of 100 girls in the 50 Yard Freestyle with a time of 27.10 seconds! Grace Kolb continued her power swim in the 100 Yard Freestyle, finishing 12th overall with a time of 1:00.00.
LMS 8th Grader Halie Stoertz placed 13th out of 51 swimmers in the Girls 100 Yard Butterfly with a crazy fast time of 1:10.59! Halie also had a strong finish at 13th overall in the Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke with a time of 1:16.11.
Varsity Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay team, Eve Barbee, Halie Stoertz, Claire Gorsage and Maggie Head finished 15th overall with a time of 2:10.70!
Senior Jenna Couture swam the Girls 200 Yard Freestyle and landed 20th out of 56 swimmers with a time of 2:16.30.
This Invitational was a great meet and a great way to push our team to faster times in the big pool! LHS Swim State Qualifiers to date are Grace Kolb, JJ Hardy, Tucker Hewson, Ray Fairbank James David and Morgan Durnford.