The William Byrd High School swim team was among the 30-some schools that sent swimmers to the Christiansburg Aquatic Center last Saturday for the traditional season opening meet. The Cave Spring girls and Science Hill boys, from Tennessee, were team winners on a busy day in the water.
The Byrd boys were 11th among 23 teams that scored while the girls took 18th among 26 teams that earned at least four points. The Byrd boys put 92 points on the board and the girls had 49.
“Saturday was a wonderful opportunity to race teams from all over our area,” said Byrd coach Krista Martin.
For the boys, Colin Murtaugh won the 100 butterfly with a time of 51.85. He also took second in the 50 freestyle.
“Colin is amazing to watch,” said Martin. “His underwater kicks really set him apart from the competition.”
Freshman Lindsay Murtaugh was fourth in the 200 free and second in the 500 free in the girls’ competition.
“Lindsay is a very talented distance swimmer with a promising high school career in front of her,” said Martin.
Colin and Lindsay both punched their individual tickets to state with their times, Colin in the 50 free and the 100 fly and Lindsay in the 500 free.
The Terriers were back in the water Monday with a meet at the Gator Center against Staunton River and William Fleming. Byrd won on all fronts as the boys beat Staunton River, 120-40, and Fleming, 130-11. The girls beat River, 55-31, and took the Colonels, 59-9.
The Terriers dominated the meet. First place finishes included the following:
The Boys’ 200 Medley Relay (Cole Kovacevic, Evan Copening, Colin Murtaugh, Michael Hoyos)
The Girls’ 200 Medley Relay (Isabella Posadas, Addi Kincer, Gabby Romeo, Lindsay Murtaugh)
The Boys’ 200 freestyle relay (Evan Copening, Cole Kovacevic, Michael Hoyos, Colin Murtaugh)
The Girls’ 200 freestyle relay (Josie Taylor, Bianca DeMelo, Addi Kincer, Maddy Davis)
The Boys’ 400 freestyle relay ( Bruno DeMelo, Owen Humphreys, Johnathan Rozenboom, Blake Richardson)
The Girls’ 400 freestyle relay (Isabella Posadas, Gabby Romeo, Maddy Davis, Lindsay Murtaugh)
Colin Murtaugh won the 200 free and the 100 fly
Isabella Posadas won the 200 free and the 100 back
Evan Copening won the 200 IM and the 100 breast
Lindsay Murtaugh won the 200 IM and the 100 free
Gabby Romeo won the 100 fly
Blake Richardson won the 100 free
Michael Hoyos won the 500 free
Cole Kovacevic won the 100 back
The Terriers are now off until after the holidays, returning January 5th to host Carroll County at the Gator Center.