LCHS swim team enjoying strong season

Elijah King competes in the butterfly during the team’s dual meet Saturday against Halls High School.

The Lenoir City High School swim team beat Halls High School on Saturday at the Claire Donahue Aquatic Center in Lenoir City to maintain a perfect start to the season.

The meet was the team’s fourth this year.

The LCHS swim team is made up of Lenoir City, Loudon, Greenback and homeschooled students and consists of a high school and a middle school team. The high-schoolers defeated Halls 197-87, while the middle-schoolers won 132-124, giving both teams a 4-0 record.

LCHS previously defeated Blount County Swim Team and Episcopal School of Knoxville Middle School 173-98 and 108-96 on Oct. 30, Christian Academy of Knoxville 186-74 and 126-80 on Nov. 6 and Knox Central High School and Gresham Middle School 204-56 and 142-86 on Nov. 13.

Head coach Breanna Halsey said more than results are going well.

“As a team, we’ve grown this year, so we’re a bigger team than we were last year, and on top of the training that we’ve been putting in the swimmers have really been working as a team to push each other and get faster,” Halsey said. “So everybody is right there at their best times, or if not there we’re very close to our best times on top of they’re doing really well with their technique.”

At the midway point in the season, the team has the big Ray Bussard invitational on Dec. 18. The team will then have one more dual meet in January before entering championship season and competing in the Knox-area Interscholastic Swim League City Championships Jan. 21-22.

“We’re getting into Christmas break and then getting into championship season, so we’re going to work toward just trying to get the swimmers faster, working on some sprint explosion stuff so that way we can go into KISL and be as fast as possible,” Halsey said.

The final goal for the year will be state championships, which are held at the beginning of February. Athletes qualify for state based on the times they put up in regular season meets. Five LCHS swimmers so far have already made the cut.

Junior Elijah King has qualified for the 50-, 100- and 200-meter freestyle as well as the 100-meter butterfly. Senior Will Dubes and junior River Bailey will compete in the 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter breaststroke. Junior Allie Satterfield will participate in the 100-meter butterfly and freshman Emily Dubes will swim the 50-meter freestyle.

Additional swimmers can still qualify before February.