Doubled Up: Albemarle swimming sweeps Region 5D titles

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Albemarle’s boys swimming rolled while the girls’ squad needed just about every point they could muster, but in the end the result was the same.


Both Patriots squads are Region 5D champions with the boys squad winning their third straight region title.


Albemarle’s girls edged out runner-up Mountain View 437-425, led by a pair of relay victories and a lot of depth from event to event. The Patriots won the 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay to pile up some key points.


Maddie Wells had a big day with a second place in the 100-fly and a third in the 200-free. Claire Moody was the runner-up in the 200 IM and finished ninth in the 50 free. Lara Sikman took third in the 100 free and sixth in the 200 free. Sophie Haise took fourth in the 50 free and fifth in the 100 free. Rachel Murray finished sixth in the 50 free and the 100 free.


Sophia Yu took fourth in the 200 IM and fifth in the 100-fly while Audrey Kashatus was fourth in the 200 free and sixth in the 500 free. Avery Huang took third in the 500 free and sixth in the 100 back. Rounding out the bulk of the scoring was Morgan Breza’s fifth in the 200 free, Lindsay Morton’s seventh in the 200 IM, Eve Czirjak’s fourth in the 100 breast and Courtney Elhart’s sixth in the 100 breast.


The Albemarle boys romped to their region title, outpacing runner-up Stafford 482-383. The Patriots won the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay while also taking second in the 200 free relay. Those relay wins and five individual event wins made for an easy win.


Walker Davis won the 50 and 100 free races, winning the 50 with a time of 21.43 in the 50 and 46.5 in the 100 free. He wasn’t the only double winner as Albemarle’s Ryan Katstra took the 200 free and 500 free relay titles. Angel Pilkey and Aidan Meyer provided the depth in those two events, with Pilkey taking third in the 200 free and fourth in the 500 free. Meyer took fifth in both races.


Teddy Cross rounded out the individual event winners with a victory in the 100 backstroke while also nabbing a runner-up finish in the 100-free behind Davis. Charlie Cross took third in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke. Lucas Smith also had a strong outing with a second place in the 100 fly and a fourth in the 100 breast. Howard Zhu took fourth in the 100 fly and fifth in the 100 breast. Gustavo Teixeira stepped up in the 100 back, taking second place while Jessie Bambrick took fifth in the event. Zeke Brubaker’s sixth in 200 IM and Jacob Mayo took eighth in the same event.


Albemarle boys swimming celebrates its third-straight region championship. Photo submitted.