South Lakes Swimmers Edged Out By McLean at Jan. 24 Meet

Several first-place finishes aren't enough to get South Lakes past McLean High School.

The South Lakes Swim Team, pictured here at a previous meet this season, faced off against McLean High School Jan. 24. (Photo by David Cordts)
The South Lakes Swim Team, pictured here at a previous meet this season, faced off against McLean High School Jan. 24. (Photo by David Cordts)
By Lyn Fiscus

Strong swims and a number of first-place finishes by South Lakes High School swimmers weren’t enough to pull off a victory against McLean High School in a dual meet Jan. 24 at the Spring Hill RECenter.  

The girls were edged out with 155 points to McLean’s 160, while the boys scored 140 points against McLean’s 165.

South Lakes started the meet with both the girls and boys winning the first two events.

In the 200-yardd Medley Relay, Johnny Micka, Benjamin Gryski, Mac Sogandares, and Tyler Hutson won for the boys. Natalie Obando, Megan Carney, Sabrina Groves, and Sasha Avilov won for the girls.

In the 200-yard Freestyle, freshmen Tyler Ellis for the boys and Emily Landeryou for the girls both finished first, with a Regionals-qualifying time for Landeryou.

Additional highlights for South Lakes included:
  • A sweep of the 50-yard Freestyle event for the girls with first- through fourth-place finishes for Malina Stassinos (first), Avilov (second), Madeleine Daum (third), and Kaylyn Macaluso (fourth).
  • A sweep of the 100-yard Butterfly for the boys with first- through third-place finishes for Sogandares (first, with a Regionals-qualifying time), Ellis (second), and Micka (third).
  • A one-two finish in the 500-yard Freestyle for Joseph Hosi (first) and Bradley Torrington (second).
  • A first-place finish for the girls 200-yard Freestyle Relay team of Landeryou, Macaluso, Daum, and Avilov.
  • A one-two finish in the 100-yard Backstroke for Natalie Obando (first, with a Regionals-qualifying time), and Landeryou (second).
  • Sogandares achieved a Regionals-qualifying time with a second-place finish in the 100-yard Breast Stroke.
  • A one-two finish for the girls 400-yard Freestyle Relay teams, with the team of Groves, Caitlyn King, Daum, and Landeryou winning first, and Stassinos, Katie Lee, Macaluso, and Obando coming in second.
  • • A first-place finish for Groves in the 200-yard Individual Medley.
  • • A first-place finish for Tyler Hutson in the 50-yard Freestyle.
South Lakes swimmers return to the pool for the conference meet later this week, with diving at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, preliminary swimming on Friday, Jan. 31 at 5:30 p.m., and conference swim finals at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Yorktown High School in Arlington.

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