Powhatan swimming

Powhatan High School swimming honored its seniors in their Senior Night home meet on Friday. From left to right: Emily Matthews, coach Rick Malkerson, Bailey Kantanen, coach Shannon Malkerson, Maura Campbell and Troy Porter.

Powhatan’s swim team honored seniors Maura Campbell, Bailey Kantanen, Emily Matthews and Troy Porter during last Friday’s home meet at Goochland YMCA. It was a special Senior Night, as Campbell and Matthews have been with the team since their freshman year – the year when coaches Shannon and Rick Malkerson started the team.

Facing Colonial Heights and Louisa on Friday, Powhatan’s girls defeated Louisa, 72-31, but were edged by Colonial Heights, 69-62. The boys finished third overall to Louisa 70-21 and to Colonial Heights 61-22.

Powhatan’s girls 200-yard medley relay team of Bailey and Summer Kantanen, Matthews and Mia Wilson took first place in 2:12.40. The same four swimmers also won the girls 200 freestyle relay in 1:55.71.

Matthews dropped her girls 50 free time by 0.13 of a second to swim second in 28.88, and Bailey took second in the girls 200 individual medley in 2:55.02. Campbell finished second in the girls 100 butterfly in 1:32.33. Porter took 0.96 of a second off his seed time to swim second in the boys 100 breast in 1:22.38.

Wilson built on her first-place showing from last Tuesday’s meet versus Hanover with first-place swims of 2:20.33 in the girls 200 freestyle and 1:01.16 in the 100 free, in which she took 0.65 of a second off of her seed time.

Summer, a freshman, added a big win in the girls 100 yard breaststroke, swimming the event in 1:24.19. She also slashed 3.25 seconds off her seed time in the girls 100 free to finish runner-up to Wilson in 1:02.08.

Freshman Cole Malkerson cut 0.12 of a second off of his seed time with his first-place swim of 2:05.04 in the boys 200 free. He also won the 100 backstroke in 59.84.

Powhatan’s Abigail Johnson, Reese Smith, Sidney White and Danielle Pullin swam runner-up to Colonial Heights in the girls 400 free relay in 5:18.77.

Against Hanover last Tuesday, Wilson won the girls 200 IM in 2:38.70, which lowered her seed time by 1.46 seconds. Malkerson took runner-up in the boys 50 free (24.73) and 500 free (5:34.78).

Summer swam second in the girls 100 breast (1:24.92) and 500 free (6:24.70).

Smith and Porter swam third in the girls 200 free (2:47.27) and in the boys 100 breast (1:23.86), respectively.

Summer, Matthews, Wilson and Bailey swam third in the girls 200 medley relay in 2:13.66, and Matthews, Smith, Taylor Kneessi and Katherina Ernst took third in the girls 200 free relay in 2:11.98.

Powhatan will host Louisa and Orange tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at Goochland YMCA.

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