Lexington stole the show at the Region 5-4A championship swim meet on Saturday in Aiken. The Wildcats won both team titles and produced 14 event wins along the way. Both team closed the regular season were unblemished records.
The boys team, which is focused on winning the first state championship in program history this weekend, rolled up a 696-419 margin of victory over runner-up North Augusta.
Team captains Jeffrey Mead and Vincent King were Lexington’s individual stars. Mead came away with four gold medals – with wins in the 200 IM and the 100 free along with legs on the triumphant 400 and 200 free relay teams. Mead’s 2:02.01 time in the IM was a new region record. King prevailed in the 50 free and joined up with Mead on the two winning relay teams.
Otherwise, Colt Kirkpatrick was the winner in the 100 breaststroke and handled a leg on the 200 free relay squad, Drew Rutledge was the 100 butterfly champ picked up another gold for his work on the 200 free relay team and Jacob Reeder and Evan Harris joined Mead and King on the winning 400 free relay team.
Kirkpatrick’s 1:01.64 in the breaststroke was a new region record.
The girls team closed with a 670.5-496 winning margin over runner-up North Augusta.
Dora Wells was the Wildcats individual star, matching Mead’s haul of four gold medals. Wells hit the wall first in 50 free and the 100 backstroke and was a member of the winning 200 and 400 free relay teams. Her time in the backstroke (1:02.52) was a new region and team record.
Michelle Whitfield (200 IM) and Laura Garvin (100 free) was the Lexington’s other solo winners.
Lexington took first place in all three relays. Wells, Whitfield and Garvin all came away with two relay gold medals, as did Erin Munn.
Monica Garvin, Lauren Lux, Samantha Price and Nan Whitaker joined forces on the winning 200 medley relay that started the meet off on the right track for Lexington.