By AJ Mincer
Monday, January 12, 2014
On Tuesday, January 6th, Monticello’s Boys and Girls swim and dive team travelled to UVA’s AFC for the Ben Hair Memorial Swim Meet.
The team swam against Albemarle, Western Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Louisa, Orange, Waynesboro, Madison, Covenant, St. Anne’s Belfield, and Woodberry Forest; needless to say, this was a big meet. The season is moving fast and the team is putting in a lot of hard work to get the qualifying times they need to swim at Regionals.
Garrett Mooney, Monticello’s only student-athlete on the dive team, started off the event on Monday night. He had an outstanding performance (scoring a 183.00 after completing 11 dives) and qualified for states. He placed fourth and earned 13 points for the boy’s team.
The start to the meet on Tuesday was just as memorable. The boys 200 Yard Medley Relay, swam by Sam Crowell, Brian Young, Peter Tegethoff, and Teddy Leeds Armstrong, qualified for Regionals with a time of 1:49:84.
The girls A 200 Yard Medley Relay swam by Kathryn Deane, Katie Cannell, Julie Scholes and Ava Burnsed qualified for Regionals with a time of 2:04:27. Also the girls B 200 Yard Medley Relay swam by Caroline Hallowell, Leah Scully, AJ Mincer, and Lilli Brereton qualified for Regionals with a time of 2:14:96.
The boys 200 Yard Freestyle Relay swam by Peter Tegethoff, Teddy Leeds Armstrong, Sam Crowell, and Brian Young also qualified for Regionals with a time of 1:37:09.
Individually, Brian Young qualified for Regionals in his 50 Yard Freestyle with a time of 23.33 and Sam Crowell qualified in his 100 Yard Backstroke with a time of 1:03:40.
Lastly, Monticello had major time drops by a lot of the swimmers. Caroline Hallowell dropped 8.85 seconds on her 500 Yard Freestyle. Bailey Mincer dropped 5.90 seconds on her 100 Breaststroke. Sam Crowell dropped 2.87 seconds on his 200 Yard Freestyle. Jack Bickers dropped 2.73 seconds on his 200 Yard IM. AJ Mincer dropped 2.54 seconds on her 100 Yard Butterfly.
Overall this was an outstanding meet for the team; the girls placed 3rd and the boys placed 4th. This Wednesday the team heads to Smith to swim against Charlottesville, in hopes to get better times and qualify in more events for Regionals.