Ethan Michael

Ethan Michael competed in the eight-and-under 25-meter freestyle race during Louisa's meet at Greene Hills on June 26, finishing second behind teammate Gavin McClellan.

The Louisa Gators swim team competed in its first away meet of the season last week against the Greene Hills Gators at Greene Hills Golf and Swim Club in Stanardsville.

Louisa’s boys’ team scored 245 points, and the girls’ tallied 267 for a combined score of 512, just edging out Green Hills’ score of 494.

Gavin McClellan helped lead the boys to victory with first-place finishes in three different events in the eight-and-under age group. He won the 25- and 50-meter freestyle races with respective times of 22.06 seconds and 51.88 seconds and the 25-meter butterfly in 25.71 seconds.

Alison Soriano scored a trio of first-place finishes for the girls’ team, winning the 13-14-year-old 100-meter freestyle, 50-meter breaststroke and 50-meter butterfly races. She completed the races with respective times of one minute, 16.87 seconds, 41.92 seconds and 35.16 seconds.

Lauren Dessent also earned multiple first-place finishes for Louisa, winning the girls’ 15-18-year-old 100-meter freestyle (1:13.78) and 50-meter butterfly (35.09 seconds)

Lucas Keller captured the boys’ 11-12-year-old 50-meter freestyle race with a time of 39.91 seconds, leading a Louisa one-two-three sweep in the event. Teammates Cayden Knight and Peyton Pekary finished second and third, respectively.

Other Louisa first-place finishers for the boys’ include Eric Delawder in the six-and-under 25-meter freestyle, Ben Schultz in the 11-12-year-old 50-meter breaststroke, Patrick Moore in the 11-12-year-old butterfly and Larson Moreno in the 11-12-year-old 50-meter backstroke. 

Individual first-place finishers for the girls’ team included Eleanor Pekary in the 13-14-year-old 50-meter freestyle, Laney Ways in the eight-and-under 25-meter freestyle, Danielle Delawder in the 11-12-year-old 50-meter breaststroke, and Maddie Folen in the 9-10-year-old 50-meter backstroke

“I am really excited about the way the new swimmers on the team have blended with the returning swimmers,” Louisa Coach Debra Bickley said. “They are doing a great job of cheering for and being excited about everyone’s performance. I am excited about the team’s progress and feel confident they will continue to be successful.”

The Gators were on the road again July 2, swimming against the Charlottesville Elks. Results of the meet were unavailable at press time. The Gators return to their home pool on July 10 for a home meet against the Culpeper Barracudas. Races begin at 6 p.m.