Swimming: Swim team concludes season at Appalachian Swimming Championships

Swimming: Swim team concludes season at Appalachian Swimming Championships

The LaGrange College swim team attended the Appalachian Swimming Conference Championships in Christiansburg, Va.  In attendance were Ben Fuller, Bill Singleton, Ben Ashby, and Hiram Haro-Oropeza

On the first day of competition Ben Fuller clocked in a time of 5:18.62 in the 500-yard freestyle (29th).  Hiram Hara-Oropeza was able to bring in a lifetime best in the 200 individual medley at 2:38.79. Singleton gained a lifetime best in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.54 (46th), and then came back to lead the 200 freestyle relay of along with Fuller, Hara-Oropeza, and Ashby which clocked in the fastest time of season by over 6 seconds.

"I am really proud of the guys and what they were able to accomplish in this meet," said Coach Chip Aplin. "Nearly everyone had a lifetime best time, or a season best time, but probably the greatest swim of the day was in the 400 medley relay in which the team dropped nearly 30 seconds off their seeded time."

The second day of competition brought a great opportunity for freshman Ben Ashby in the form of the 400 individual medley. Ashby had not swam the event the entire season and was able to shatter the previous school record of 5:23.64 by nearly 40 seconds with a time of 4:44.77. In the finals, Ashby was able to re-break his own record and ended up finishing 13th with a time of 4:39.53.

Hara-Oropeza was able to drop 6 seconds in the 100 butterfly ending with a time of 1:06.71. Singleton also an impressive showing, dropping an incredible 10 seconds in his 100 breaststroke event (1:08.45).

The final day of competition was Fuller's time to make moves in the standings. Fuller was able to secure himself a place in the finals in the 200 butterfly. 

"The 200 butterfly is probably the most difficult event in swimming if you ask me," added Aplin. "It takes strategy, determination, and drive, something that Ben has a lot of."

Fuller finished the day 16th with a season best time of 2:07.08.

"Everyone was really excited with themselves once the meet was over, and we were already talking about the prospects of next year," Appling stated. "We are making moves in the competitive world of swimming and this year was a giant step in that direction."