Midlo Men’s Swim Emerges as Regional Champs; 200 Free Relay Team Claims State Championship

Men's Swim Team Competes in the Regional and State Championships

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Midlo Men’s Swim Emerges as Regional Champs; 200 Free Relay Team Claims State Championship

Star MIdlo swimmers show off their medals as they take on Regionals for the win.

Star MIdlo swimmers show off their medals as they take on Regionals for the win.

Photo by: Caleb Smietana

Star MIdlo swimmers show off their medals as they take on Regionals for the win.

Photo by: Caleb Smietana

Photo by: Caleb Smietana

Star MIdlo swimmers show off their medals as they take on Regionals for the win.

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On Friday, February 8, 2019, the Midlothian Men’s Swim team emerged the victor in the Regional Championships, held at the Collegiate School Aquatics Center. Competing against ten different schools from all over the region, Midlo geared up to swim against their biggest rivals. Throughout the competition, Midlo’s top qualifying swimmers fought hard against the top teams in the region. The team pulled through with a tremendous score of 424 points just above Monacan, who scored 390 points.

Star senior swimmer Sam McKey racked up points for Midlo by placing 1st in both the 50 yard freestyle and 100 yard freestyle. Senior Caleb Smietana also greatly benefited the team, placing 3rd in the Boys 200 yard freestyle and 1st in the 100 yard breaststroke. Midlo’s junior swimmers, Zach Biller, Alexi Gentz, Andrew Evitts, Justin Geizler, along with sophomore Matt Duran, scored numerous points with resulted in each competitor placing in the top three to earn medals. These outstanding performances earned Midlo the highest number of points. The boys took the victory in the 200 yard freestyle relay with an outstanding time of 1:28.64,  just in time to win regions. Junior swimmer Biller exclaims, “We were truly happy on winning regions. For swimming only being a sport for 2 years now, it’s truly exciting to put swimming on the map at Midlothian High School.” Following this win, the Midlo’s Boys Swim team headed to States at the Collegiate School Aquatics Center on Friday, February 15, 2018.

Among stiff competition, the Midlo Men’s Swim Team ranked sixth place overall. Midlo’s 200 free relay team provided the stand-out performance by earning first place. State Champion 200 free relay team swimmers, Sam McKey, Alexi Gentz, Matt Duran, and Caleb Smietana, made their school and their community proud.