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Eagles’ squads place second to PH

Friday, February 1, 2013

SALEM -- Franklin County's boys' and girls' varsity swimming teams each placed second to Patrick Henry during the Western Valley District's final postseason meet Tuesday night at the Salem YMCA.

The Patriots swept the team championships for the third year in a row.

The Eagles boys' and girls' teams each finished second for the second year in a row and the girls' came in the runner-up slot for the third straight season.

FCHS, which has fielded varsity swimming teams since the 1999-2000 season, swept the team championships in 2010, its first in the sport.

This is the league's final postseason meet. At the end of the current academic year, the WVD will disband because of approved statewide reclassification and realignment. Its teams will move to three districts: the River Ridge, the Blue Ridge and the Piedmont.

PH's boys' and girls' squads combined to win 20 of the meet's 21 events.

PH's boys tallied 227 points. FCHS (97) finished 130 points in arrears to the Patriots and nine points ahead of third-place Halifax County (88). William Fleming (30) followed by George Washington-Danville (11) in fifth.

PH's girls scored 247 points, 133 more than the second-place Eagles (114). Halifax (52) edged GW Danville (43) for third and William Fleming (24) was fifth.

FCHS sophomore Ben Elwell was the only non-PH swimmer to win an individual championship. He captured top accolades in the 50 freestyle in a time of 24.11 seconds.

Caitlin Privott (200 individual medley and 500 freestyle) and Olivia Stanley (100 butterfly and 100 freestyle) were double winners for PH's girls and Jonathan Gomez (100 butterfly and 500 freestyle) and Bo Poole (100 freestyle and 100 backstroke) were double winners for the Patriots' boys.

Elwell also finished second in the 100 backstroke in 59.69 seconds and Hunter Akers came in second in the 100 freestyle in 56.60 seconds.

FCHS placed second in the 200 medley relay (1:59.26), second in the 400 freestyle relay (3:59.19) and third in the 200 freestyle relay (1:55.58).

FCHS's Nora Ferguson took second in the 50 freestyle in 27.50 seconds. Melissa Teeple was the runner-up in the 100 freestyle in 1:02.60 and Allie Shepherd came in second in the 100 breaststroke.

The Eagles placed second in the 200 medley relay in 2:11.95, second in the 200 freestyle relay in 2:00.86 and second in the 400 freestyle relay in 4:27.84.

The top eight finishers in individual events and the top four placing relay teams qualify for the Northwest Region meet scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Freedom Center in Manassas.

Akers (100 freestyle), Ferguson (100 backstroke), Teeple (50 freestyle) and Shepherd (100 freestyle) qualified for regionals in a second event

Other FCHS regional qualifiers are Kayla Anderson (100 butterfly and 100 backstroke), Mackenzie Borellis (100 breaststroke), Rylee Borellis (100 backstroke and 100 freestyle), Michael Brown (200 freestyle and 100 freestyle), Amanda Fike (100 breaststroke), Nash Hammock (100 freestyle), Erica Haynes (500 freestyle), Carleu Jones (200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke), Rachel Knick (200 individual medleu and 100 butterfly), Haley Ledbetter (100 butterfly), Jared Montgomery (200 freestyle and 500 freestyle), Jordan Montgomery (200 freestyle), Joseph Shervey (200 freestyle), Tyler Sykes (100 butterfly), Morgan Ware (200 freestyle) and Tyler Wunderlich (200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke).

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