It’s another record setting for the Lovejoy Varsity Swim Team. Advancing a record number of swimmers and swims from district to regionals set the stage for what came to be a regional championship meet for the record books.
The Leopards took on some of the toughest competition in the state at this weekend’s Region 3-5A swimming and diving championships and they responded by re-writing the record books. The fireworks started on a Friday during prelims where the Leopards dropped 25 lifetime best performances on the way to advancing 30 individual swims and all 6 relays to Saturday’s finals. The re-write continued through the prelims session where 2 of 7 new school records were set.
Sophomore Jed Jones took down the 100 yard backstroke record Friday afternoon with a blazing time of :51.88 to set the stage for the boys to follow up by ending the prelims session with a school record in he 400 Free Relay with a time of 3:21.70 (Jed Jones, James Vaughn, Sam Veitch, Jakob Feldman).
The excitement continued early and often on Saturday at finals. With a strong set of medley relay swims to start off the meet, Senior Raime Jones was the first to punch her ticket to the 5A State Championship meet, breaking the 3rd school record of the weekend, when she won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:50.58.
Within the next 30 minutes Sophomore Jed Jones was the 2nd Leopard to guarantee a spot at State by placing 2nd in the 200 IM, breaking the school record (record #4 of the weekend) in the process going 1:54.50. Junior James Vaughn will earn a pick-up slot with his 5th place finish (1:56.50).
Junior Natalie Womack followed up by guaranteeing herself a spot at State placing 2nd in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 1:01.47. James Vaughn guaranteed himself a spot at State minutes later by earning the teams 2nd regional title by winning the 100 Butterfly with a time of :51.91.
Raime Jones earned the teams 3rd regional title by winning the 500 freestyle with s time of 4:57.36.
The boys 200 Free Relay (Jed Jones, James Vaughn, Sam Veitch, Jakob Feldman) dropped a time of 1:31.14 earning a 5th place finish which will earn a pick-up slot to state.
Natalie Womack followed up her 2nd place finish in the 100 Fly by earning the teams 4th regional title lowering her own school record in the process going :59.19 (school record #5). Jed Jones followed up with a 4th place finish in the 100 back going :52.21 which will be good enough to advance to state.
The Leopards kept rolling, with starting with the girls 400 Free Relay (Natalie Womack, Sydney Myers, Sloan Carevic, Raime Jones) guaranteeing their spot at State and breaking school record #6 going 3:40.21
Not to be outdone the boys 400 Free relay re-wrote the less than 24 hour old school record to close out the meet going 3:18.90 finishing 6th (record #7 of the weekend). That time will be fast enough to advance the relay to state!