Published Wednesday, January 30, 2013
From Staff Reports
If the final swim meet of the regular season was any indication for The Heritage School’s teams’ hopes for Saturday’s GISA State Championships at Georgia Tech, both Hawks and Lady Hawks athletes may like their chances of ending the 2012-13 season on high notes.
Picking up victories in 11 boys and girls varsity events including relays, Heritage School was a dominating force at the Oak Mountain Winter Invitational last Friday.
Led by a victory in the 200-yard medley relay, the Hawks had seven first-place finishes including three individual victories by junior Tanner Brandner. Brandner was also part of the winning relay with teammates Jesse Riggs, Gage Warren and Donald Breyne in a time of 2:01.31.
Heritage School's boys took two of the top-three places in the event. The school’s ‘B’ relay of Ben Dudley, Muneeb Syed, Matthew Burns and Tyler Bean finished third.
All three of the Lady Hawks’ varsity swimmers picked up at least one win apiece led by eighth-grader Harper Minor, who set a new school record during a victory in the 200 Individual Medley in 2:28, also won the 100 backstroke (1:10.73) and took second in the 100 freestyle (1:00.81).
Senior MacKenzie York won the 100 butterfly (1:28.37) and qualified for the state meet in the 200 IM. She also finished fifth in the 100 breaststroke. Heritage School's girls also received a victory from junior Kelly Abrams in the 500 freestyle while also finishing seventh in the 50 freestyle and eight in the 100 breaststroke.
In addition to Brandner, Breyne and Riggs added individual first-place efforts for the Hawks. A senior, Breyne won the 100 breaststroke (1:23) and was second in the 100 freestyle behind Riggs. Breyne also took fourth in the 50 freestyle.
Riggs won the 100 free in 1:00.29 and also finished first in the 100 backstroke in 1:09.30. He added a fifth-place effort in the 50 freestyle.
Bean, Dudley, Warren and Burns each had at least one top-five finish. Warren, a freshman, had three while finishing runner-up in both the 500 and 200 freestyles in addition to taking third in the 50.
Burns, another ninth grader, was fifth in the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. He was also ninth in the 50 freestyle.
Seniors Bean and Dudley also scored in multiple events. Bean placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke and fifth in the 200 freestyle, while also sixth in the 100 free. Dudley finished fourth in the 200 freestyle and sixth in the 50.
Syed’s top finish individually was a seventh-place effort in the 100 freestyle.
Heritage School's junior varsity lineups were equally solid. Among boys, eighth grader McCullough Burns and sixth grader Charlie Minor both won events. Burns finished first in the 50 backstroke and was second in the 50 breaststroke.
Minor earned a win in the 100 freestyle and finished second in the 200 IM in addition to placing fourth in the 50 backstroke.
Sixth-grader Eric Brandner had three top-five finishes for the Hawks, placing second in the 50 freestyle, third in the 100 freestyle and fourth in the 50 breaststroke.
The Lady Hawks’ junior varsity turned in a fourth-place finish in the 200 medley relay. A lineup of Sealy Dryer, Dayton Warren, Isabelle Harris and Olivia Gentry clocked in at 2:57.37.
Harris qualified for state in the 50 butterfly while placing third in 38.77. She was also seventh in the 50 breaststroke and 10th in the 50 freestyle.
Gentry placed ninth in the 100 freestyle and Warren was ninth in the 50 breaststroke. Dreyer’s top effort was a 12th-place finish in the 50 breaststroke.