-High school swim team earns top marks at Forsyth Holiday meet
The LCHS swim team enjoyed a ton of success in the pool when it competed in the Forsyth Holiday Splash hosted at the Cumming Aquatic Center on Saturday, Dec. 15.
The meet was highlighted by first place finishes by Faith Schofield, middle schooler Alana Schroeder and the Lady Indians’ 200 yard freestyle relay team.
“I’m really pleased with how the team as a whole is doing so far this season,” said LCHS head swim coach Katie Powell. “Our girls team is having one of the best seasons ever and we’re so excited about Mateo’s [Golloshi] accomplishments so far.”
Schofield enjoyed a sensational day during the meet. The Lumpkin swimmer took the top spot in the girls 100 yard freestyle out of 44 competing swimmers. Schofield recorded a time of 59.91 seconds and finished the race almost a full second ahead of the second place swimmer in the event.
Schofield also enjoyed a first place finish in the girls 200 yard freestyle relay as part of the team of Sarah Hunsinger, Adrienne Hilchie and Maya Moers. The Lady Indians team swam their way to the top spot with a time of 1:57.12, just over four seconds behind the State qualifying time of 1:53.00.
The Lady Indians team of Elizabeth Womack, Abbie Hilchie, Sarah Bell and Julia Finesilver also finished strong in the girls 200 yard freestyle relay, recording a time of 2:06.54 to place fourth overall.
On top of Schofield’s first place finishes, the Lumpkin swimmer also place third in the girls 100 yard backstroke with a time of 1:12.54 and a third place finish in the girls 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:12.54.
Middle schooler Schroeder enjoyed success in the middle school girls 100 yard freestyle event. The young Lumpkin swimmer took the top spot in the race with a time of 1:13.36. Schroeder went on to secure another top spot during the meet in the middle school girls 50 yard breaststroke. Schroeder recorded a time of 42.20 to defeat her closest competition by almost a full two seconds.
Adrienne Hilchie also put in a solid performance at the Forsyth Holiday Splash, earning a second place finish in the girls 200 yard individual medley. Hilchie also was part of the Lady Indians’ first place 200 yard freestyle relay team.
The Lady Indians also saw success from their swimmers in the girls 200 yard medley relay, the girls 50 yard freestyle, the girls 100 yard backstroke, the middle school girls 50 yard backstroke and the girls 100 yard breaststroke at the meet.
The Lady Indians team of Charleigh Thomas, Hallie Hopkins, Kelly Cronan and Bell took sixth place in the girls 200 yard medley relay.
Hunsinger earned a 10th place finish out of the 72 competing swimmers in the girls 50 yard freestyle with a time of 29.82.
In the girls 100 yard breaststroke, Schofield was joined in the Top 10 by fellow teammate Finesilver. Finesilver earned a fifth place finish with a time of 1:19.65.
Middle schooler Madison Myers earned herself a fourth place finish with a time of 46.09 in the middle school girls 50 yard backstroke.
Hopkins and Cronan swam their way to Top 10 finishes in the girls 100 yard breaststroke. Hopkins finished the race with a time of 1:38.77 to earn seventh place and Cronan’s time of 1:41.85 was fast enough to earn her an eighth place finish in the event.
The Lady Indians recorded 86 total points during the meet to earn a tie with Flowery Branch for second place in the team standings. North Hall took the top team spot with 94 points.
On the Indians’ side, the boys swim team didn’t record any first place finishes, but at the same time enjoyed a lot of success at the holiday meet.
The Indians got their best performances from their middle school swimmers.
Collin Edwardson had the best day for the middle schoolers with a second place finish in the middle school boys 50 yard backstroke and a fourth place finish in the boys 50 yard freestyle. Edwardson recorded a time of 38.67 in the 50 yard backstroke to capture third place and recorded a time of 32.78 in the 50 yard freestyle to secure fourth place in the event.
Fellow middle schooler Luke Schofield gave a solid run in the middle school boys 100 yard freestyle to earn himself a third place finish in the race. Schofield recorded a time of 1:10.68 to earn the fourth place spot.
The high school boys found success in the boys 100 yard breaststroke, the boys 200 yard medley relay, the boys 50 yard freestyle and the boys 200 yard freestyle relay.
Tyler Schott enjoyed the most success in the pool for the Indians. Schott placed third in the boys 100 yard breaststroke, finished eighth in the boys 50 yard freestyle, earned a Top 10 spot in the boys 200 yard freestyle relay as part of the team of Dakota von Scherr, Ian Bateman and Sebastian Hunsinger and also enjoyed a fifth place finish as part of the boys 200 yard medley relay consisting of the same swimmers.
Schott recorded a time of 1:11.95 in the boys 100 yard breaststroke to take third place and then recorded a time of 25.59 in the boys 50 yard freestyle to take eighth place.
The Indians recorded 20 total points at the Forsyth Holiday Splash to finish in fourth place in the team standings. The Indians finished behind third place Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. High School, second place North Hall and first place Riverside Military Academy.
“We’ve got two meets left in the regular season and I’m hopeful that we’ll have additional swimmers qualify to join Mateo at state,” Powell said.
The LCHS swim team will jump back into the pool after its swimmers return from the holiday break when Lumpkin participates in the Chestatee Invitational at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center on Saturday, Jan. 5.