The Richmond Register

January 23, 2013

H.S. SWIMMING: Smith leads the way as Central tops Southern and Montgomery County

By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor

RICHMOND — Madison Central’s only upperclassman delivered a big performance on Senior Night.

Caroline Smith won the 200-yard freestyle, finished second in the 100-yard freestyle and was part of two first-place relay teams Tuesday at the Telford YMCA in Richmond. Led by Smith and junior Molly Ford, Central (129 points) edged Montgomery County (116 points) and Madison Southern (82 points for the team title.

The Lady Indians easily won the girls competition, finishing with 86 points, while Montgomery County (72) won the boys competition as Southern (45) finished second and Central (42) was third.

 Madison Central won all three girls relay events, with Smith anchoring the 200 free and 400 free teams. Ford anchored the 200 medley relay that won by more than eight seconds.

Smith posted a 2:08.75 in the 200 free and won by almost 30 seconds. The senior finished less than a second behind Ford in the 100 free.

In addition to being part of two first-place relay teams, Ford also won two individual events — the 100 free and the 50 free.

Central had four other swimmers who had two first-place individual finishes. Tilly Baldwin won the 200 IM and the 500 free. Morgan Lakes took first in the 100 back and the 100 breast. For the boys, Chase Baldwin touched first in the 200 free (breaking his own school record, 1:51.68) and the 100 breast. Trent Lakes took first place in the 200 IM and the 100 back.

Central’s Abigial Thompson took first in the 100 fly and was second in the 100 back. Madeline Meeker was second in the 100 breast and third in the 100 free. Meredith Meeker was second in the 200 free and Central’s Blake Brockman was third in the 50 free.

Central took first place in both the boys 200 medley and 200 free relays.

Southern swimmers didn’t post any first-place finishes but had five second-place performances.

For the Eagles, John Eipert was second in both the 200 IM and the 100 breast. Ty Ritchie was second in the 50 free. Tyler Parker was second in the 100 free and Benjamin Gilliam was second in the 500 free.

Patrick Coyle (50 free), Matthew Devere (100 fly) and Jesse Yoder (500 free) all had third-place finishes.

In the boys relay events, Southern was second in the 400 free and third in both the 200 free and 200 medley.

For the Lady Eagles, Anna Fraley was third in the 200 free and fourth in the 100 free. Jordan Powell (100 breast), Carrie Mullins (200 IM) and Savanna Cooper (50 free) also had third-place finishes.

In the girls relay events, Southern was second in the 200 medley and the 400 free and was third in the 200 free.