Gators make splash at championships

Louisa Gator Taylen Soriano powers through the boys’ 11-12-year-old 50-yard breaststrolke race. File photo

The Louisa Gators closed its 2019 season at the Jefferson Swim League championship meet held at University of Virginia’s Aquatic and Fitness Center July 26 and 27. The Gators scored 880 points during the two-day event, placing 13th out of 17 teams. 

The Gators’ six-and-under 100-yard freestyle relay team garnered the team’s lone first-place finish. Swimmers Liam Leake, Mary Hutcheson, Eric Delawder and Reece Reidelbach combined for a winning time of one minute, 19.63 seconds.

Eli Schultz scored the Gators’ highest individual finish, placing 10th in the 13-14-year-old 50-yard breaststroke race, finishing with a time of 36.46 seconds. Teammate William Moore scored a 12th place finish in the same event with a time of 37 seconds. Moore also placed in the top 20 in the 100-yard individual medley, finishing 16th with a time of 1:11.92.

Taylen Soriano earned a trio of top 20 finishes for the Gators, placing 19th in the boys’ 11-12-year-old 50-yard backstroke (39.10 seconds), 15th in the 50-yard butterfly (35.75 seconds) and 11th in the 50-yard breaststroke (38.60 seconds). 

Larson Moreno finished 15th in the boys’ 11-12-year-old 50-yard freestyle race with a time of 31.01 seconds, while Gavin McClellan earned a pair of top 20 finishes in the boys’ eight-and-under age group, placing 14th in the 25-yard backstroke and 19th in the 50-yard freestyle. 

Dyllan Hartman rounded out Louisa’s top 20 finishers with a 19th-place finish in the boys’ 15-18-year-old 50-yard backstroke with a time of 29.40 seconds. He also raced in the 50-yard freestyle, placing 24th with a time of 25.63 seconds.

Laney Ways raced in the girls’ eight-and-under 25- and 50-yard freestyle races, earning respective 26th and 27th place finishes. Ways finished with times of 20.23 seconds and 47.83 seconds, respectively.

Lauren Dessent finished 26th in the girls’ 15-18-year-old 50-yard butterfly with a time of 30.73 seconds, while Alison Soriano snagged a 28th place finish in the girls’ 13-14-yard-old 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 40.41 seconds.