Super swimmers: Orange wins final regular season meet, competes at Region

Eight Orange swimmers participated Saturday in the 5D Regional Meet Saturday at the Jeff Rouse Swim and Sport Center in Stafford. Pictured, front row, left to right, are: assistant coach Christa Falb, Julie Long, Lucy Turner, Jade Long and Emma Browning. Back row: Drew Harrington, Bobby Lee, Matthew Marquis, Latham Browning and coach Michael Howie.

Orange County High School swimmers won 11 of the 19 events they competed in Jan. 25 at a quad meet at Powhatan High School.

The Hornets combined to beat Louisa County High School (136-114), Blessed Sacrament Huguenot (162-7) and the host Indians (134-96).

The Hornet boys won seven events, while the Orange girls won four.

Prior to the meet, the Hornets recognized their graduating seniors, including: captains Bobby Lee, Ellie Robinson and Emma Robinson, as well as Dorothy Polychrones, Mary Wright, Mack Wright and Lucy Turner.

“We had great swims for our last regular season meet,” coach Mike Howie said. “We had great swims by Josh Lyon, who dropped time in his 100 free; Kayla Crawford, who dropped time in her 100 free; and Brittney Perez, who dropped time in her 100 as well.”

Matthew Marquis won two events for the Orange boys and was part of two winning relay teams. He won the 100 butterfly in 58.79 and the 100 backstroke in 1:04.72.

Drew Harrington won the 100 breaststroke (1:23.22) and Latham Browning won the 500 freestyle (6:52.35). Lee took the 100 freestyle (57.96).

Lee, Harrington, Marquis and Browning teamed to win the 200 medley relay (1:58.83) and the 200 free relay (1:44.95, a half-second faster than runner-up Louisa).

Mack Wright was second in the 200 freestyle (2:36.71), while Lee was third in the 100 backstroke (1:09.21) and Harrington third in the 50 free (25.66).

Wright added a fifth-place finish in the 100 free (1:07.98).

Turner won two events and was on the winning 200 medley relay team to lead the scoring for the Hornet girls.

Turner individually won the 100 butterfly (1:13.45) and the 500 yard freestyle (6:29.27). She teamed with Julie Long, Jade Long and Emma Browning to win the 200 medley relay in 2:15.70. Jade Long won the 100 breaststroke (1:25.24) for the Hornet girls’ other event win.

Julie Long was second in the 200 free (2:48.95), followed by Ellie Robinson in fourth (2:52.74) and Elizabeth Novogradac in fifth (2:53.30).

Browning was second in the 200 individual medley (2:53.11), with Lily Robinson fifth (3:03.15).

Arden Floyd was second to Turner in the 100 butterfly (1:20.12) and Julie Long was second to Turner in the 500 free (7:31.97). Jade Long was third in the 50 free (31.25) and Browning was third in the 100 backstroke (1:18.02). Floyd finished third in the 100 breaststroke (1:30.46), with Lily Robinson fifth (1:38.96).

Browning, Julie Long, Jade Long and Turner teamed to finish third in the 200 free relay (2:05.83), with Novogradac, Lily Robinson, Ellie Robinson and Floyd fourth (2:13.57).

Eighth-grader Charlotte Samuels—who is too young to qualify for the varsity meet—easily posted the best time in the 200 individual medley (2:24.83), well ahead of Louisa’s Alison Soriano (2:46.72) who won the event. She also swam the fastest 100 breaststroke time of the meet (1:16.26) finishing ahead of teammate Jade Long, who won the varsity race.

Eight Orange swimmers participated Saturday in the 5D Regional meet Saturday at the Jeff Rouse Swim and Sport Center in Stafford.

Patrick Henry High School took the girls’ title and Albemarle High School won the boys’ title. The Hornet boys finished 10th and the girls 11th.

Coach Howie reported Marquis had an outstanding meet, dropping time in each of his events and qualifying for the state swim meet.

Marquis finished fifth in the 100 butterfly (54.86) and was sixth in the 200 individual medley (2:07.66), dropping six seconds off his best time.

Bobby Lee shaved a second off of his best performance in the 100 backstroke (1:06.63) and finished 13th out of more than 30 swimmers.

Julie Long reduced her time in the 100 backstroke (1:19.50), Howie reported, while Jade Long dropped her time in the 100 breaststroke to 1:24.84. Lucy Turner reduced her 100 butterfly time by four seconds to 1:09.88 and took 16 seconds off her 500 freestyle seed time to finish 14th (6:06.64).

The boys’ 200 medley relay team of Lee, Drew Harrington, Marquis and Latham Browning was eighth (2:02.40), while the girls’ team of Julie Long, Jade Long, Turner and Emma Browning finished ninth (2:17.78).

Lee, Browning, Harrington and Marquis also teamed to finish ninth in the 200 free relay (1:44.29), while the Browning, Long, Long and Turner were 11th (2:07.17).

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