NRHS swimmers set records

Published 10:29 pm Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Nansemond River boys’ swim team forged new high marks for the swim program at the 2013 Eastern Region Championships on Friday and Saturday at Old Dominion University.

The team finished 16th out of 26 teams with 31 points, its highest placement ever with its most points ever at the regional competition. King’s Fork had one swimmer competing on the girls’ side, helping the school to get on the board with four points.

However, the event marked the end of the swimming season for Suffolk’s public schools as neither Nansemond River nor King’s Fork had any of its swimmers finish in the top six to qualify for the state championships.

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Nansemond River head coach Shamus Riley was still pleased with his squad.

“I actually thought that the team did very well, seeing as they broke (four) of the school records while they were there this weekend,” he said.

The record breaking began on Friday in the preliminary round when the 200-yard medley relay set a new mark with a 1:48.67 time, good for 12th place. The swimmers responsible were Kyle Cook (backstroke), Robert Boswell (breaststroke), Logan Eubanks (butterfly) and Cody Edwards (freestyle). The next day during the finals, with Michael Betts swimming the breaststroke and Boswell swimming freestyle, the team broke Friday’s record, coming in 10th with a time of 1:48.55.

The other school records were set in the individual events. Russian foreign exchange student Andrey Lonshakov once again set a new low time in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing in 23.84 seconds.

Eubanks, a freshman, has made a habit this year of setting new Nansemond River records in the 100-yard butterfly and now has begun to do the same in the 100-yard backstroke. At the district championships, he posted a 1:00.12 time, and this past Friday, he got it down to 59.43 seconds; then, on Saturday, he made it in 58.63 seconds.

Boswell swam the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.44 on Saturday to round out the school records for the event.

The team’s unprecedented performance came despite Betts, one of the teams’ top swimmers, being unable to compete in his two individual events due to illness.

Coach Riley reflected on his swimmers and the season as a whole.

“Overall, I was very happy with the results and felt like our kids showed their heart and want and their desire to improve themselves throughout the season, and that showed with them breaking the records throughout the year,” he said.

King’s Fork’s lone qualifier, senior Samantha Barbour, posted a 2:24.17 time in the 200-yard individual medley to place 14th and swam the 100-yard butterfly in 1:07.64, finishing in 20th place.