Girls and Boys Swimming Take Top Finishes at Jan. 8 Meet at Northside Pool

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity girls and boys swim teams took a dive in the water at the Northside Pool in a ten-plus team meet on Friday night, Jan. 8, with the Lady Vikings finishing in second place (269 points) and the Vikings taking third place (214.50 points.).

Houston County High School took first place in both meets.

“I am very proud of our swimmer tonight,” FPD head coach Elizabeth Leslein. “We have not been in the water in a long time, so to come out tonight and place high is very encouraging.”

In the girls meet, Vivianna Chang picked up a first place finish in the 50-Yard Freestyle with a time of 26.82. Haley Long also finished fourth in the event at 30.71. Lindsey Strickland was sixth at 32.16.

Chang continued her success in the 100-Yard Backstroke with a first place finish at 1:05.98.

In the girls 500-Yard Freestyle, Bethany Martinez placed first overall 6:41.73, almost seven seconds less than her seeded time. Martines also fourth in the 100-Yard Freestyle at 1:09.22.

Olivia Bogges, Strickland and Porter Bolles took 13th-15th, respectively as well.

The Lady Vikings’ 200-Yard Freestyle team of Long, Strickland, Martinez, and Chang finished first at 2:03.09.

“This was a big meet with a lot of swimmers,” Leslein said. “All of our kids competed and competed hard. I’m proud of their effort as we wind down the season.”

In the boys meet, the Vikings also notched some impressive finishes.

Austin Hartley placed seventh in the 50-Yard Freestyle at 26.35 while Dane Wiggins took 11th at 26.58.

Hanny Marone stepped up in a big way in the 100-Yard Freestyle, clocking in at first place with a time 55.05. Wiggins was also seventh in the event at 1:02.24 and Hartley ninth at 1:02.68.

The Vikings’ 200-Yard Freestyle Relay team of Marone, Bercik, Wiggins and Hartley nabbed a first place finish at 1:44.34.

In the Boys 100-Yard Backstroke, Cade Cox took first with a 1:09.69 followed by Marone in second place at 1:14.94.

“It was a great night for our program,” Leslein said. “Hopefully we can build off of the momentum we had in this meet moving forward the rest of the season.”

For complete results from Friday’s meet, CLICK HERE.

For team results from Friday’s meet, CLICK HERE.

The Lady Vikings and Vikings return to the water on Wednesday, Jan. 13, traveling to meet in Hamilton, Ga. for a meeting hosted by Harris County High School at 4 p.m.

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