The William Byrd swimmers wrapped up their pre-holiday schedule with two meets last week, hosting a three team meet at the Gator Center and swimming in a three team meet at the Kirk YMCA in Roanoke.
At the Gator Center the Terriers played host to Glenvar and James River. The Byrd boys swept the meet, beating River 81-10 and Glenvar 78-9. The defending Class 2 state champion Glenvar girls beat the Terriers, 57-33, but the Byrd girls outswam James River, 59-13.
First place finishes for the boys included the 200 Medley Relay team of Dawson Brinkley, Austin Nielsen, Colin Murtaugh and Aiden Brinkley. The Byrdmen also won the 200 Free Relay with Dawson Brinkley, Nielsen, Aiden Brinkley and Colin Murtaugh as well as the 400 Free Relay with Michael Hoyos, Matthew Hoyos, Griffin Horacek and Nathan Miller.
Individually, Nielsen won both the 200 IM and 100 Free while Murtaugh was first in the 100 Fly and 500 Free. Dawson Brinkley won the 200 Free, Aiden Brinkley took the 50 Free, and Horacek won the 100 Back.
For the girls, the team of Amber Vaughn, Emma Copening, Isabella Posadas and Madeline Miller was first in the 200 Medley Relay. Copening won the 100 Fly and 100 Breast.
On Friday at the Kirk Y the Byrd boys won again to remain unbeaten on the season, scoring 113 points to 54 for host Patrick Henry and three for Galax. Byrd again won all three relays, taking the 200 Medley, the 200 Free and 400 Free.
Double first place winners were Aiden Brinkley in the 200 IM and 100 Back, Murtaugh in the 50 Free and 100 Fly and Nielsen in the 500 Free and 100 Back. Dawson Brinkley won the 200 Free and Miller took the 100 Free.
In the girls’ meet the host Patriots dominated with 127 points. Byrd was second with 26 and Galax had 15.
“There were some great races and a handful of personal best times,” said coach Krista Martin of the two meets. “It’s so much fun having so many swimmers on our roster. The swimmers are really starting to get to know each other and I’m proud of their team spirit.”
Byrd will return from the break with a meet against Cave Spring and Roanoke Catholic at the Gator Center on January 5th.