By Brennan Waldorf
The Nandua Swimming team traveled to Richmond Feb. 19 to compete in the combined Division I & II State Swimming and Diving tournament. The Warriors have only 18 total swimmers with six on the boys squad and 12 on the girls. The team is small but talented as both boys and girls took third overall in the region and qualified several swimmers for the state tournament.
Glenvar High won the girls portion of the tournament with 242 points followed by Bruton High with 232 and Virginia High with 167. The Lady Warriors finished 17th out of the 29 teams with 44 points and had one medalist in Madison Johnson.
The boys division was won by Radford high with 277 points, Virginia High came in second with 276, and Bruton finished third with 213 points. The Nandua boys fell just outside the top ten coming in 11th overall with 77 points just 3 points behind tenth place James River High. Next year they’ll have an opportunity to return all their swimmers losing no seniors this year.
Boys 50 Yard Freestyle – 10th place, Luke Parks
Boys 200 Yard Relay – Seventh place, (Medal) Luke Parks, Bennett Cossitt, Cade Williams, Patrick Lilliston
Boys 400 Yard Relay – Eighth place, (Medal) Luke Parks, Bennett Cossitt, Cade Williams, Patrick Lilliston
Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke – Seventh place, (Medal) Madison Johnson
Girls 50 Yard Freestyle – 15th place, Taylor Thornes
Girls 100 Yard Fly – 10th place, Taylor Thornes
Girl 200 Yard IM – 12th place, Lacy Gouldin
Girls 400 Yard Relay – 16th place, Maggie Killmon, Alexandra Penland, Jamie Wert, Nora Bahn
Girls 200 Yard Relay – 15th place, Nora Bahn, Maggie Killmon, Alexandra Penland, Elena Buckner