Girls and Boys Swimming Take First at Viking Invite No. 2 at Northside Pool

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity swimming teams returned to the water on Wednesday night, Nov. 11, and both took home a first place finish in the 10-team event.

The wins mark a two-meet winning streak for the Lady Vikings and Vikings.

“This was a much bigger meet than our first one last week,” head coach Elizabeth Leslein said. “Our teams came out and competed and worked hard. It was fun to see them accomplish some goals they had set. I’m proud of their overall efforts.”

In the boys meet, the Vikings totaled 311 points to claim first over Harris County (270) and Mount de Sales (186).

Hanny Marone placed first in the 200-Yard Freestyle at 2:06 and also captured first place in the 100-Yard Freestyle at 56.99.

Dane Wiggins and Austin Hartley finished eighth and ninth in the 50-Yard Freestyle at 27.06 and 27.12, respectively.

FPD’s 200-Yard Freestyle team of Marone, Hartley, Wiggins and Will Dasher placed second as well, clocking in at 1:45.

“Our guys are really working hard and feeding off of each other throughout our first two meets,” Leslein said. “They are encouraging one another and that’s good to see as a head coach.”

In the girls meet, the Lady Vikings totaled 383.5 points for the victory. Placing second was Mount de Sales (217) followed by Stratford (188).

The Lady Vikings 200-Yard Medley Relay Team of Vivianna Chang, Bethany Martinez, Lindsey Strickland and Rebecca Leigh placed first at 2:23 on the night.

Chang continued to add to her first place finishes, topping the competition in the 200-Yard Freestyle at 2:09 and 100-Yard Freestyle at 57.64.

Martinez and Strickland each placed fourth and fifth in the 50-Yard Freestyle with times of 30.84 and 31.18.

Haley Long also had a strong showing in the 100-Yard Freestyle with a sixth place finish at 1:13. Strickland, Leigh, Emily Rutledge and Porter Bolles all placed in the Top-15 in the event. Long also tied for third in the 100-Yard Backstroke at 1:31.32.

“Our girls are really passionate this year about getting better,” Leslein said. “We’re glad to start the season off like we have, but we also know there is still a lot of work to be done.”

The swim teams return to action on Thursday, Nov. 19, traveling to Georgia College in Milledgeville, Ga. to compete in a meet hosted by Northside and Perry at 5 p.m.

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