Lexington’s boys and girls swim teams returned to the Top 10 at the Class 4A state meet after both finished out of the money in 2007. The Wildcats boys rang up a school-record 253 points on the way to a fifth-place finish, while the girls had their second-best state meet showing with 198 points, good for sixth place.
Lexington’s boys saw their run of nine straight Top 10 state finishes come to an end a year ago, but put together the best point-producing effort in program annals this time around. The 253 points topped the previous record of 244 points established by the LHS boys in 2005.
Jeffrey Mead emerged as the Wildcats leading scorer at state. He finished eighth in the 100 freestyle, 10th in the backstroke and handled the anchor legs on the fourth-place 200 free relay and the eight-place 400 free relay teams.
Mead’s relay team mates Eric Wenzenger, Tyler Inabinette and Vincent King also scored in four events. Wenzinger was eighth in the breaststroke and 11th in the 200 free, Inabinette placed 11th in the breaststroke and 12th in the butterfly and King finished eighth in the 50 free and 12th in the 100 free.
Spencer Vetter was ninth in the breaststroke and 10th in the 200 individual medley, and teamed up with David Whitaker, Drew Rutledge and Matt Smith on Lexington’s eighth-place 200 medley relay team.
Evans Harris (11th in the 500 free, 12th in the 200 free) and Jacob Reider (15th in the 500 free) were the other contributors to the Wildcats point total.
The Lexington girls performance was topped only by the 2005 Wildcats, who closed in fifth place with 232.5 points.
Kelsey Smith led the way with a fine performance. Smith came the closest to earning an individual medal of any Lexington entry when she placed fourth in the 200 free. She also finished eighth in the 100 free. Smith joined Dora Wells, Laura Garvin and Rebecca Garvin on a near miss, fourth-place showing in the 200 free relay. Smith teamed up with Rebecca Garvin, Michelle Whitfield and Erin Munn on the eighth-place 400 free relay team.
Wells also scored in four events. She was eighth in the 50 free and 16th in the backstroke in addition to her relay work.
Whitfield (14th in the 50 free), Rebecca Garvin (10th in the butterfly), Laura Garvin (13th in the 100 free) and Tayllor Vetter (11th in the breaststroke) were the other individual contributors.
Wells, Whitfield, Vetter and Laura Garvin joined forces for a sixth-place finish in the 200 medley relay.