Lady Pacers make history with first team win, two school records set

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The Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity swim team made history last Thursday evening when they picked up their first team win in school history with a 91-90 dual meet win over Oldenburg Academy.

The win was even sweeter with the establishment of two new school records, as Olivia Hewitt set a new mark in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 3:04.11; and McKenna Edwards set a school record in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:28.16.

Coach Eric Cole also noted that every girl on the team scored in the meet; and spotlighted Samantha Reynolds, who dislocated her shoulder while swimming, but continued and swam to a fifth place finish – which provided the team with one point – the margin of victory.

Shelby Cole accounted for 10 points in the win; and Jacqueline Hensley swam three back-to-back races, including the longest race of the event, the 500-yard freestyle for the first time in her career, to score valuable points that helped seal the victory.

Rachel Ard established personal best times in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle; Liz Nibarger established a personal best time in the 200-yard freestyle; Shelby Cole set a personal best time in the 100-yard butterfly; Samantha Christerson posted a personal best time in the 100-yard butterfly; and Alyssa Yorn set a personal best time in the 100-yard backstroke.

In results from the girls meet:

– The 200-yard medley relay team of Alyssa Yorn, Olivia Hewitt, McKenna Edwards, and Samantha Reynolds finished second in a time of 2:37.64.

– In the 200-yard freestyle: Shelby Cole won the event with a time of 3:02.69; Rachel Ard was second in a time of 3:23.76; and Liz Nibarger was third in a time of 4:05.42.

– In the 200-yard IM: Olivia Hewitt was second in a time of 3:04.11; and Samantha Christerson also swam in the event.

– In the 50-yard freestyle race: McKenna Edwards was third in a time of :36.77; Lauren Edwards was fourth in a time of :37.11; and Samantha Reynolds was fifth in a time of :39.36.

– In the 100-yard butterfly: Shelby Cole finished second in a time of 1:55.97; and Samantha Christerson was third in a time of 1:58.63.

– The 100-yard freestyle saw Lauren Edwards finish second in a time of 1:25.87; and Rachel Ard finish fourth in a time of 1:31.38.

– Jacqueline Hensley finished second in the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 9:21.98.

– In the 200-yard freestyle relay: the Lady Pacer ‘A’ team of Shelby Cole, Alyssa Yorn, Lauren Edwards and Olivia Hewitt finished second overall with a time of 2:26.36; and the ‘B’ team of Samantha Christerson, Liz Nibarger, Jacqueline Hensley, and Rachel Ard finished third in a time of 2:51.04.

– In the 100-yard backstroke, McKenna Edwards finished second in a time of 1:28.16; Alyssa Yorn was third in a time of 1:29.27; and Jacqueline Hensley was fourth in a time of 1:39.50.

- The 100-yard breaststroke event saw Olivia Hewitt finish second in a time of 1:26.33; and Liz Nibarger finish fourth in a time of 2:12.46.

– In the 400-yard freestyle relay: the Lady Pacer ‘A’ team of McKenna Edwards, Shelby Cole, Samantha Christerson, and Lauren Edwards finished second overall with a time of 6:11.85; and the ‘B’ team of Rachel Ard, Liz Nibarger, Jacqueline Hensley, and Alyssa Yorn finished third in a time of 7:03.85.

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The boys team fell to Oldenburg by a team score of 102-68. For Switzerland County, Ryan Brubaker set personal best times in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle; and Zac Park set personal best times in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke.

In boys results:

– In the 200-yard medley relay, the team of DeKota Godwin, Mikhail Cole, Talen Taylor, and Zack Rodgers finished second in a time of 2:13.46.

– In the 200-yard freestyle: Demetrie Liapis won the event in a time of 2:30.36; and Zack Park finished third in a time of 3:29.73.

– Talen Taylor participated in the 200-yard IM for the Pacers.

– In the 50-yard freestyle race: Zack Rodgers finished third in a time of :27.83; DeKota Godwin was fourth in a time of :29.89; and Ryan Brubaker was fifth in a time of :31.98.

– In the 100-yard butterfly: Talen Taylor was second in a time of 1:25.21; and DeKota Godwin was fourth in a time of 1:32.91.

- The 100-yard freestyle saw Mikhail Cole finish second in a time of :56.11; Zack Rodgers finish fourth in 1:16. 06; and Ryan Brubaker finish sixth in 1:23.33.

– In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Ryan Brubaker, DeKota Godwin, Demetrie Liapis, and Zack Rodgers finished second in a time of 2:00.82.

– In the 100-yard backstroke, Demetrie Liapis won the race in a time of 1:20.45; and Zac Park finished fifth in a time of 1:50.44.

– Mikhail Cole won the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:17.00.

– The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Ryan Brubaker, Demetrie Liapis, Talen Taylor, and Mikhail Cole finished first in a time of 4:34.19.