Louisa swimmers Dyllan Hartman and Cole Owen continued their season-long trend of setting school records at the Region 4B championship meet on Feb. 14. Several other Lions set personal records during the meet as the Lions season came to a close.
Hartman swam the 50-yard freestyle race in 24.35 seconds, breaking the school record of 24.57 seconds he’d tied earlier this season. He also set a record in a new event, the 100-yard butterfly, with a time of one minute, 1.64 seconds.
Owen set a new record in the 200-yard individual medley race, earning a time of 2:10.08 for an eighth-place finish. He also broke his own record in the 500-yard freestyle race, finishing seventh with a time of 5:06.84, nearly 10 seconds faster than his previous record.
Both swimmers also helped the Lions’ 200-yard freestyle and medley relay teams earn top 10 finishes. Along with teammates Josh Cutright and Alexander Menton, they finished eighth in the freestyle race and ninth in the medley relay. The teams earned respective times of 1:47.09 and 1:54.93.
The girls’ 200-yard freestyle realy also finished in the top 10. Swimmers Alison Soriano, Hailey Conner, Elanor Pekary and Lauren Dessent combined for a time of 1:59.63, finishing 10th.
Several Lions scored personal-best times throughout the meet. Dessent improved on her times in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races with final results of 24.35 seconds and 1:03.90, respectively. Abby Pierce shaved nearly four seconds off her time in the 200-yard freestyle race, finishing in 2:37.43, and Soriano improved in the 100-yard freestyle (1:03.78).
On the boys’ team, Cutright improved on his time in the 100-yard backstroke by more than three seconds, finishing in 1:14.83, and Elijah Craig had a more than six-second improvement in the 100-yard breaststroke for a season-best 1:18.08.
“The swimmers left everything in the pool and ended the season with an upbeat and exciting performance,” Lions’ Head Coach Debra Bickley said.