Boys Varsity Swimming, Girls Varsity Swimming · Blue Devil Invitational Brings State Qualifiers

by Jennifer Shockley

The Varsity Swim Teams participated in the annual Dreher Blue Devil Swim Invitational Sunday at the USC Sol Blatt Natatorium, facing off against 25 other AAAAA High School teams and over 550 swimmers from across the state. Lexington had some amazing times posted and a few State Qualifiers hit the board!

In the Boys 200 Yard Freestyle, Tucker Hewson took Fourth out of 37 swimmers finishing at 1:52.59 and a State spot! Vince White finished that same race 15th at 2:03.26 and William Cronin finished 16th at 2:03.65.

Sophomore Maggie Head took Second Place out of 36 swimmers in the Girls 200 Yard IM, finishing with a super-fast time of 2:24.67 – just 2 seconds short of an automatic State Qualification but fast enough for a State Consideration! Claire Gorsage also earned a Consideration in that race, finishing 12th with a time of 2:34.10.

Rence Coker also had a great time in the Boys 200 IM, finishing 6th out of 39 swimmers at 2:13.41. Teammate John Coker finished 16th at 2:21.53, both times also under the State Consideration threshold.

In the girls 50 Yard Freestyle, Grace Kolb took 11th place out of 106 swimmers with a mega fast time of 26.44 – just milliseconds off the automatic State Qualifying time!

Senior JJ Hardy took First Place out of 110 swimmers in the 50 Yard Freestyle Race with a time of 22.32! James David also blew that race away, taking 9th with a time of 23.23, earning an automatic State Team spot! Elijah Coker finished 11th at 24.04 and Morgan Durnford finished 15th at 24.40!

The Boys 100 Yard Butterfly saw JJ Hardy in First Place again with an awesome 52.86! Tucker Hewson also flew in that race finishing in 6th Place with a time of 56.18 and earning a State Team spot! Halie Stoertz took 10th place out of 42 swimmers in the Girls 100 Yard Butterfly with a finish time of 1:06.62!

In the Girls 100 Yard Freestyle, Grace Kolb took 9th Place with a finish time of 58.09. In the Boys 100 Yard Freestyle, Tucker Hewson finished Fifth at 51.49 and a State Team spot! Elijah Coker took 13th Place at 53.71. Both events had over 85 swimmers!
Wildcat Girls finished Fifth in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:19.66 and Wildcat Boys finished Second in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:32.49 and a State Team hit!

In the 100 Yard Breaststroke, Halie Stoertz took Third Place overall, finishing at 1:13.78 – just milliseconds away from an automatic State spot! In the Boys 100 Yard Breaststroke, Rence Coker, Ray Fairbank, and Morgan Durnford earned State Team spots with Rence taking 4th at 1:03.48, Ray taking 5th at 1:03.84, and Morgan coming in 10th at 1:05.23!

To finish off the day, the Lexington Boys 400 Yard Freestyle Relay Team, Tucker Hewson, Morgan Durnford, James David and JJ Hardy blew by everyone and finished First with a State Team time of 3:23.70!

Overall Team Results, Wildcat Girls finished 9th out of 16 teams and Wildcat Boys finished 2nd out of 14 teams! The water was COLD, the competition was fierce, and the Wildcats were ready!

Our last home meet vs. River Bluff is Thursday 9/26 at the CCL Pool at 5:30 p.m. Come on out and cheer on Wildcat Swim!