FINCASTLE – The Lord Botetourt swim team hosted Salem at the Hollins University pool last week and the Cavaliers hung tough against a strong Spartan team. The Salem girls won 98-72 and the Salem boys took a 127-42 decision for an overall total of 225-114 in favor of the visitors.
“Overall I was very pleased with how we did,” said LB coach Ashley Stoneham. “Salem has an incredible team, and I was very glad that my team had a chance to swim them. I feel that my swimmers learned a great deal by watching their team perform. We had to dig deep for new personal best times, and strong finishes.
LB’s Rachel Wrotneski won two firsts, taking the 50 Free with a time of 27.36 and the 500 Free in 6:26.69. Cassidy Jackson won the 100 Breast with a time of 1:19.28 and the 400 Free Relay team of Anne Chappell Barkett, Laura Kate Jennings, Julia Bailey, and Marissa Schade took first with a time of 4:52.55.
Seconds went to Bailey in the 200 Free, Barkett in the 200 IM, Jackson in the 100 Fly, and Kristen Blanchard in the 100 Free among the girls. Also taking second was the 200 Free Relay team of Meredith Sweeney, Jennings, Julia Workowski, and Blanchard, and the 200 Medley team of Barkett, Jackson, Wrotneski, and Blanchard.
For the boys, the best finish was a second by Tyler Bailey in the 500 Free. Cameron Nelson, Bailey, Austin Smith, and Devon Jackson took second in the 400 Free Relay.
James River had a meet at the Radford Dedmon Center scheduled for last week, but that was postponed due to a conflict with Radford High School. River is scheduled to swim in a meet at the Kirk YMCA in Roanoke tonight, and both River and LB will be at the Southwest Virginia Invitational in Christiansburg Saturday.