-Lumpkin sends more swimmers to State Meet
The LCHS swim team watched more of its swimmers qualify for the GHSA State Swim Meet hosted by Georgia Tech when the team competed in the Forsyth Winter Classic at the Cumming Aquatic Center on Saturday, Jan. 12.
Senior swimmer Mateo Golloshi qualified for the State Meet in the team’s first meet of the season, but the senior hasn’t let up in his events all season long. Golloshi continued his dominance this season in the boys 100 yard butterfly at the Forsyth Winter Classic with a first place finish in the event. Golloshi once again finished the race under the State qualifying time of 58.00. This time Golloshi completed the race almost a full five seconds below the qualifying time with a time of 53.01. Golloshi also swam his way to a second place finish in the boys 200 yard individual medley with a time of 2:07.11. The meet marked the first time this season that Golloshi participated in the event. Golloshi’s time was fast enough to qualify him for the State Meet in the event, as the senior finished the race under the 2:12 qualifying time.
Golloshi also joined teammates Dakota von Scherr, Tyler Schott and Gabriel Womack in the boys 200 yard freestyle really race. The Indians team finished the race under the 1:40.00 State qualifying time with a time of 1:39.51. With the team qualifying for the State Meet, Golloshi will not be the lone LCHS representative at the GHSA State event.
The same team also earned a ninth place finish in the boys 200 yard medley relay with a time of 1:54.57.
With the team qualifying for State, Golloshi will now compete in four different events at the GHSA State Swim Meet.
Schott, who qualified for State on the boys 200 yard freestyle relay team, missed out on qualifying for the State Meet in the boys 100 yard breaststroke when he finished the race in ninth place with a time of 1:07.74. Schott missed out on the qualifying time by .74 seconds. Schott also earned a 24th place finish out of the 96 swimmers in the boys 50 yard freestyle. Schott finished the race with a time of 25.72.
For the Lady Indians, Faith Schofield earned a sixth place finish in the girls 100 yard freestyle race with a time of 58.86, missing out on qualifying for State by .36 seconds. Schofield also earned herself an eighth place finish in the girls 100 yard backstroke. Schofield’s time of 1:09.67 was over three seconds shy of the State qualifying time of 1:06.00.
The Lady Indians team of Schofield, Elizabeth Womack, Sarah Hunsinger and Maya Moers fell just short of qualifying for the State Meet in the girls 200 yard freestyle relay with their eighth place finish in the event. The team finished the race with a time of 1:55.07, just over two seconds shy of the qualifying time of 1:53.00.
The Lady Indians team of Schofield, Abbie Hilchie, Adrienne Hilchie and Moers earned a 12th place finish in the girls 200 yard medley relay with a time of 2:16.55.
Moers also swam her way to a 13th place finish out of the 128 swimmers competing in the girls 50 yard freestyle. Moers finished the race with a time of 28.24.
LCHS head swim coach Katie Powell added one more meet to the team’s schedule on Jan. 26. The coach hopes that the Lumpkin swimmers who barely missed out on qualifying for the State Meet will take advantage of one more opportunity to qualify.
Powell was excited that Golloshi would not have to travel to the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in February as the lone LCHS representative.
The LCHS swim team will have one more opportunity to add to its list of State qualifiers when it competes in its final meet of the 2018-19 regular season on Saturday, Jan. 26.