By Greg Finan, Jr.
The LCHS varsity swim team made waves when the team competed in the Riverside Military Academy (RMA) Eagle Invite this past Saturday, Dec. 14.
The Lady Indians swam their way to a sixth place team finish out of the 13 competing schools at the event while the Indians finished in 12th place.
The Lady Indians were led by Faith Schofield. Schofield, who qualified for the GHSA State Swim Championship Meet in the team’s first meet of the 2019-2020 season, continued to swim well for Lumpkin at the RMA Eagle Invite. Schofield earned third place in the girls 500 yard freestyle event with a time of 5:57.41, showing off her endurance in the water. Schofield also earned a fifth place finish in the girls 100 yard backstroke with a time of 1:10.66, showing her versatility.
Along with her individual success, Schofield also saw success as part of the girls 200 yard freestyle relay team consisting of herself, Julia Finesilver, Sarah Hunsinger and Maya Moers. The Lady Indians’ team swam their way to a fifth place finish out of the 32 competing teams in the event with a time of 1:58.85.
The team of Abbie Hilchie, Andrea Strubb, Sara Bell and Clara Purdy also did well in the girls 200 yard freestyle relay, earning themselves a 12th place finish.
Moers was another Lady Indian to watch at the RMA Eagle Invite. Moers earned a top 10 finish in the girls 100 yard freestyle race. Moers finished in 10th place out of the 74 swimmers in the event with a time of 1:08.19.
Following right behind Moers in the girls 100 yard freestyle were her teammates Hilchie and Hunsinger, who finished the race in 12th and 13th place respectively.
Moers also earned a top 10 finish in the girls 50 yard freestyle race. Out of the 115 competitors in the event, Moers swam her way to a sixth place finish with a time of 28.40.
Hunsinger and Finesilver also swam well in the event. Hunsinger earned herself a 15th place finish with a time of 30.73 and Finesilver made it into the top 25 with a 23rd place performance.
Purdy, who already saw success on the girls 200 yard freestyle relay team, also found individual success in the girls 100 yard breaststroke. Purdy swam her way to a 13th place finish out of the 33 swimmers competing in the event with a time of 1:30.39.
Lastly, the girls 200 yard medley relay team of Charleigh Thomas, Hilchie, Finesilver and Bell finished in 13th place out of the 24 teams in their race with a time of 2:29.88.
On the boys’ side, the Indians didn’t enjoy as much success as the Lady Indians at the RMA Eagle Invite.
However, the Indians did received solid performances from Dakota von Scherr, Collin Edwardson and their 200 yard medley relay team of Tanner Peterson, Samuel Gooch, von Scherr and Edwards.
Von Scherr, who has been swimming well for the team this season, continued to perform well at the Eagle Invite. The Indian swimmer earned an eighth place finish out of the 32 competitors in the boys 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:15.55.
Von Scherr also enjoyed success with his teammates Peterson, Gooch and Edwardson in the boys 200 yard medley relay race. The team swam its way to a 13th place finish out of the 19 competing team in the event with a time of 2:16.46.
Edwardson also saw some individual success when he swam his way to a 30th place finish out of the 85 swimmers in the boys 50 yard freestyle event. Edwardson completed the race with a time of 27.68.
The RMA Eagle Invite marked the last meet for the team until after the Christmas break, giving the team plenty of time to cut times and improve their techniques in the water.
The LCHS swim team will take to the water at the Cumming Aquatic Center when they compete on Saturday, Jan. 11.