Junior Khalil Fonder had a field day, or maybe a “water day,” when the William Byrd swim team competed in the All-Timesland Swim Meet at the Gator Center in Roanoke on Saturday.
Fonder, who has agreed to accept an Arizona State scholarship, showed why he has a bright future by winning both the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly at the meet. He set a new meet record in both events, breaking his own All-Timesland meet record in the 50 free that he set last year. He lowered the mark to 22.06.
In the 100 fly he broke Byrd grad Todd McGraw’s meet record, set in 2008. Khalil swam a time of 50.81 to win that even.
“It was a very exciting day,” said Byrd coach Krista Martin. “The energy at the Gator Center for finals was great. It was an especially valuable experience coming up on the championship part of the season.”
Albemarle High School won both the boys’ and girls’ team titles. Byrd’s boys were seventh among a dozen teams and the girls were second to Albemarle with the some fantastic efforts.
In the Girls 200 Medley Relay Byrd won exciting race with the team of Madison Horacek, Liah Davis, Abbey Murtaugh and Chelie Plaster. Individually, Plaster won the 100 back in1:01.7 and Horacek won the 100 breast in1:11.25.
The Terriers warmed up for the big meet by swimming Hidden Valley and the Southwest Virginia Home School team on Friday. Fonder broke his own record from last season in the 100 Free with a time of 47.51.
First place finishes included the girls 200 Medley and 200 Freestyle relays as well as Horacek in the 200 IM and 100 breast and Plaster in the 100 back for the girls. Fonder won both the 100 free and fly in the boys’ meet.
Byrd will be back in the pool next Tuesday for the Conference 24 meet at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center.