The O’Neal varsity boys and girls swim team traveled to Greensboro Tuesday, Feb. 15 to complete in the NCISAA Division 3 state swim meet. With strong relay performances and individual records and championships, the Falcons saw the girls finish as NCISAA Division 3 runners-up, and boys finished in fourth place.
On the girls’ side, the Falcons started off the meet on a high, winning the 200 Medley Relay and dropping 2.4 seconds on their PR. Relay members were Victoria York, Lauren Hobbs, Chloe Abner, and Michaela Stone.
Individually, Lauren Hobbs podiumed finishing third in the 100 breast-stroke, and also finishing fifth in the 200 IM. Also scoring for the Falcons in individual events were Victoria York placing fourth in the 200 free and sixth in the 500 free, Chloe Abner placed fifth in both the 50 and 100 freestyle, Michaela Stone placed eighth in the 100 backstroke and 12th in the 100 free, Morgan Lewis placing seventh in the 200 free and 16th in the 100 free, and Jordin Reed placing ninth in the 100 free. In the relays, the 200 freestyle relay of Jordin Reed, Morgan Lewis, Grace Simpson and Michaela Stone finished sixth, and the 400 freestyle relay of Chloe Abner, Lauren Hobbs, Morgan Lewis, and Victoria York finished third.
On the boy’s side, there were numerous personal records swam on the day, seeing the boys get new PR’s on 85% of their races. Individually, John Shepard placed sixth in the 200 free and fifth in the 100 back, Sam Schmitz finished ninth in the 200 free and eighth in the 500 free, Alex Grimshaw placed 10th in the 200 IM and ninth and 100 free, Radford Walker placed eighth in the 100 fly and 15th in the 200 IM, Henry Reibe placed ninth in the 50 free and 10th in 100 fly, Jace Brown finished 11th in the 50 free and 15th in the 100 free, Andrew Davis finished 14th in the 100 back and Nathan Brianas finished 12th in the 100 breast-stroke.
In the relays, the 200 medley relay of John Shepard, Alex Grimshaw, Radford Walker and Jace Brown finished seventh. The 200 free relay of Radford Walker, Andrew Davis, Sam Schmitz, and Henry Reibe finished fourth, while the 400 yard free relay team of John Shepard, Jace Brown, Henry Reibe, and Alex Grimshaw placed seventh.
“It was a great day to be a Falcon, and Coach Lorin, Daniel, and we couldn’t be more proud of this tremendous group of swimmers,” shared Head Coach Jen Schmitz.
Written by Sandhills Sentinel contributor Lulu Brase.