Swimming Notches Top Finishes at Viking Invite at Northside Pool on Friday, Dec. 4

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity swim teams finished in the top tier of the Viking Invitational Swim Meet at the Northside Pool on Friday night, Dec. 4 with the Lady Vikings claiming a first place finish out of 10 teams while the Vikings finished second of 11 squads.

“We are just really proud of all of our swimmers,” FPD head swim coach Elizabeth Leslein said. “It had been a while since we were in the water competing and to come out and put up a strong showing is nice to see.”

In the girls meet, the Lady Vikings accumulated 393 points, 42 points ahead of second place finisher Spalding High School.

FPD’s 200-Yard Medley Relay team of Vivianna Chang, Bethanty Martinez, Rebecca Leigh and Haley Long placed first with a time of 2:17.36. The foursome also took first place in the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay at 4:43.59.

Leigh, Martinez and Lindsey Strickland showed a strong outing in the 50-yard Freestyle, taking third, fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Chang continued her success on the night with a first place finish in 500-Yard Freestyle, clocking in at 5:38.32. She also placed first in the 100-Yard Backstroke at 1:07.72.

“Vivianna continues to improve, as do all of our swimmers,” Leslein said. “It’s really been fun to watch them set goals and go out and try to accomplish what they want to do.”

In the boys meet, the Vikings finished second of 11 team with 190 points. Mount de Sales was the overall victor with 208 points.

“Our guys came really close tonight to winning, but I’m proud of their efforts,” Leslein said. “To finish in the top two with eleven teams competing is nothing to be ashamed of.”

FPD’s 200-Yard Medley Relay team of Hanny Marone, Alex Berick, Luke Douglas and Dane Wiggins finished second at 2:09.72. The Vikings also fared well in the 200-Yard Freestyle Relay, taking second place at 1:48.56 with the same foursome.

Marone placed first in the 50-Yard Freestyle with a time of 24.24, nearly two seconds ahead of his seeded time. Wiggins also placed sixth in the event (26.81) while Bercick came in eighth (26.99).

“It’s just fun to see our guys compete,” Leslein said. “They have a fun time, but also know when it’s time to get serious about competition.”

Marone took second in the 100-Yard Freestyle at 54.05 while Wiggins followed in fifth at 1:01.31.

Douglas placed third in the 100-Yard Breaststroke as well, timing in at 1:29.04.

“It was a great meet for us and we are looking forward to our next one,” Leslein said.

The varsity swim teams return to action on Thursday, Dec. 10, traveling to George College for a meet hosted by Perry and Northside.

First dip in the water is set for 5 p.m.

For official TEAM RESULTS from Friday’s meet, click HERE.

For official INDIVIDUAL RESULTS from Friday’s meet, click HERE.

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