Note: This article includes results from the June 15 meet which did not appear in the June 30 edition of The Central Virginian
The Louisa Gators swim team competed in their frist meets of the seasons, racing against the Culpeper Barracudas and the Elks of Charlottesville for their first outings on June 15 and 21.
The Gators finished second in their June 21 meet with a team score of 415 points. Culpeper won with 440 and the Elks garnered 120. Several Gators earned first-place finishes throughout the meet.
Brody Spangler won the boys 11-12 50-meter butterfly, 50-meter backstroke and 100-meter individual medley races with respective times of 44.60 seconds, 41.89 seconds and 1:29.33. Alison Soriano, who competed in the girls’ 15-18 age group, also earned a trio of first-place finishes, winning the 100-meter medley (1:23.07), 50-meter backstroke (37.81) and 50-meter butterfly (37.56).
A number of Gators earned a pair of wins throughout the meet. Casen Soriano won both the boys 100-meter individual medley and 50-meter breasstroke for the 13-14 age group, with respective times of 1:34.41 and 46.66 seconds In the six and under age group, John Robbins won both the boys 25-meter freestyle and 25-meter backstroke races with times of 32.26 seconds and 47.63 seconds, respectively. Matt Keller led the field in the boys 11-12 50-meter freestyle and breasstroke races, earning respective winning times of 37.18 seconds and 49.75 seconds.
Dyllan Hartman and Lauren Dessent each earned a pair of wins in the 15-18 age group, with Hartman winning the boys 100-meter medley (1:08.25)and the 50-meter backstroke (31.60), while Dessent won the girls 50-meter breaststroke (42.43) and the 50-meter freestyle (32.00).
Other first-place finishers for the Gators include Ellie Robbins in the girls eight-and-under 25-meter butterfly (28.81), Sandra LEake in the eight-and-under 25-meter backstroke (28.92), Danyell Hollins in the girls 9-10 50-meter breaststroke (58.33) and Taylen Soriano in the boys 15-18 50-meter breaststroke (40.65).
The gators also picked up wins in several relay races, including the boys eight-and-under 100-meter freestyle, boys 13-14 200-meter freestyle, and the boys and girls 15-18 200-meter freestlye relays.
“We have many new swimmers, quite a few of which are very young,” said Gators’ coach Debra Bickley. “They have all done a fantastic job and received 61 time improvement ribbons for this past week. I am extremely pleased with how well they are doing and how are they are willing to work.”
The Gators opened their season with an unscored meet against the Barracudas on June 15.
John Robbins and Dyllan Hartman each scored a pair of wins for the Gators. Robbins won the boys six-and-under 25-meter freestyle and backstroke races with respective times of 33.41 seconds and 50.85 seconds. Hartman took first place in the boys 15-18 50-meter freestyle and butterfly races, finishing int 27.37 seconds and 30.00 seconds, respectively.
Ellie Robins led the field in the girls eight-and-under 25-meter freestyle, winning with a time of 25.62 seconds and won the 25-meter butterfly with a time of 35.25 seconds. Alison Sorinao also brought home a pair of wins for the girls team, winning the 15-18 50-meter butterfly and backstroke races with espective times of 37.94 seconds and 38.06 seconds.
Hollins led the field in the girls 9-10 50-meter breasstroke with a time of 1:01.47 and Keller won the boys 11-12 50-meter breasstroke contest with a time of 51.85 seconds. Spangler won the boys 11-12 50-meter freestyle race with a time of 35.03 seconds.
Elliott Moreno and Langley Amiss each won a 100-meter individual medley race, Moreno for the 13-14 girls and Amiss for the 15-18 girls. Moreno finished in 1:34.50 and Amiss earned a time of 1:34.59.
Other Louisa winners include Liam Leake (boys eight-and-under 25-meter backstroke, 29.19), Lexi Singleton (girls 9-10 50-meter freestyle, 45.84), Madison Hiter (girls 13-14 50-meter breaststroke, 53.31), Amelia Bingler (girls 15-18 50-meter breasstroke, 53.81) and Taylen Soriano (boys 15-18 50-meter breaststroke, 42.62).
The Gators hosted the Fluvanna Area Swim Team (FAST) on June 29 for their first home meet. Results were unavailable at press time. Louisa host FAST and the Elks for their next meet on July 6. Races begin at 6 p.m.