Gators, July 18

Alan Plaskey jumps into the pool at the beginning of a race during the Louisa Gators home meet on July 10. Photo submitted by Debra Bickley.

The Louisa Gators returned to their home pool at the Betty J. Queen Intergenerational Center for a home meet against Culpeper Country Club Barracudas on July 11. Both teams gave their all at the competition, with the visiting team eking out a one-point victory over the Gators, 516-515.

Several Louisa swimmers garnered individual wins throughout the meet. Gavin McClellan again led the field in several events in the eight-and-under age group, winning the 25-yard freestyle, backstroke and butterfly races. Teammate Lucas Schultz also competed in the 25-yard freestyle and butterfly races, finishing third. He earned a win of his own in the 50-yard freestyle, tying Culpeper’s Hunter Hale for first place.

Reece Reidelbach scored wins in the six-and-under 25-yard backstroke and freestyle races, and Taylen Soriano won the 50-yard breaststroke and freestyle races in the 11-12-year-old age group. Soriano also competed in the 50-yard butterfly, finishing a close second behind Culpeper’s Sam Mahoney.

On the girls’ team, Lauren Dessent brought home a pair of wins in the 15-18-year-old age group, leading the field in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races. Laney Ways won the girls’ eight-and-under 25-yard freestyle race and finished second in the 50-yard freestyle.

Maddie Follin led a Louisa sweep in the 9-10-year-old 50-yard freestyle, finishing first while teammates Brooke Reidelbach and Ellie Grose placed second and third, respectively. Follin also scored a second-place finish in the 50-yard backstoke race.

Mary Hutcheson led the way in the girls’ six-and-under 25-yard freestyle race, followed by fellow Gators Aldin Shaw and Lacey Hardy in second and third place. Shaw had a win of her own in the six-and-under 25-yard backstroke race.

In addition to the number of inidividual wins, the Gators also won six of the meet’s 11 relay races. 

“Our swimmers were tough and gave 100 percent,” Gators’ Coach Debra Bickley said.”We are looking forward to another chance [to compete against Culpeper] at the Jefferson Swim League Championship meet.”

The Gators were at home again this week, hosting the Fluvanna Area Swim Team. Results were unavailable at press time. The Gators will close out their summer season at the Jefferson Swim League championship July 26 and 27 at University of Virginia’s Aquatics and Fitness Center in Charlottesville. Races begin at 11 a.m. on the 26th and 9 a.m on the 27th.