-Golloshi continues strong season as swim team competes at Chestatee Invitational
Lumpkin County High School swimmer Mateo Golloshi, in his senior season, continued to excel in the water for the LCHS swim team when the Indians and Lady Indians took to the pool to take part in the Chestatee Invitational hosted at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center on Saturday, Jan. 5.
“I am very pleased with how this swim season has gone so far,” said LCHS head swim coach Katie Powell. “Mateo has worked hard and had a strong season. To be honest, if he isn’t standing on the podium at the State Meet, he’s going to be very disappointed.”
Golloshi proved to be the highlight of the meet, earning first place in the boys 100 yard butterfly and the boys 100 yard breaststroke. Although Golloshi qualified for State in both events during the LCHS swim team’s first meet of the season, the senior gave a sensational effort in both races to capture victory.
Golloshi finished the boys 100 yard butterfly in first place with a time of 54.84 seconds, well under the State qualifying time of 58 seconds. In the boys 100 yard breaststroke, Golloshi was the only competitor in the race at the Chestatee Invitational to complete the event under the State qualifying time of 1:07. The senior cruised to first place in the race with a time of 1:06.15.
Golloshi, along with teammates Tanner Peterson, Ian Bateman and Gabriel Womack, also earned a sixth place finish in the boys 200 yard medley relay race with a time of 2:12.
Other notable Indian performances at the Chestatee Invitational included the strong swimming of middle schoolers Collin Edwardson and Luke Schofield.
Edwardson earned a third place finish in the middle school boys 50 yard backstroke with a time of 41.24 seconds and Schofield earned a fourth place finish in the middle school boys 100 yard freestyle with a time of 1:10.74.
On the Lady Indians’ side, Faith Schofield, who missed the first part of the season due to an offseason surgery, continued making a splash with her return to the Lady Indians’ lineup.
Schofield just missed qualifying for the State Meet in the girls 100 yard freestyle and earned sixth place in the girls 100 yard backstroke at the event.
Schofield finished the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 59.56 seconds to capture the top spot in the race. Schofield’s time was just over a second slower than the State qualifying time of 58.50. In the girls 100 yard backstroke, Schofield secured sixth place with a time of 1:12.88.
Maya Moers also fared well in the girls 100 yard freestyle race. Moers earned herself a fourth place finish with a time of 1:05.32.
The girls 200 yard freestyle relay team of Clara Purdy, Sarah Bell, Ella Kate Scott and Julia Finesilver found themselves just outside the top 10 in the race. The team’s time of 2:12.57 allowed them to earn 11th place in the event.
Other notable performances for the Lady Indians came from middle school swimmer Alana Schroeder. Schroeder swam her way to a fourth place finish in the the middle school girls 100 yard individual medley with a time of 1:22.83.
With the Chestatee Invitational being the LCHS swim team’s penultimate meet of the 2018 season, Golloshi is the only Lumpkin swimmer to qualify for the GHSA State Swim Meet to be held at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center on Feb. 7-9 so far. However, with one meet left, Schofield still has an opportunity to qualify for State in her events and make State in back-to-back seasons.
“We have several who are swimming for the first time and it’s amazing to see how much time they’re dropping in their events where they’re becoming more comfortable and confident in the sport,” Powell said. “I’m hopeful that we’ll have a couple more qualify for State at our final meet.”
The LCHS swim team will conclude its 2018 regular season when the Indians and Lady Indians take to the pool to compete in the Forsyth Winter Classic at the Cumming Aquatic Center this Saturday, Jan. 12.