River Valley swimming opens season at SSU

By Alex Hawley - ahawley@aimmediamidwest.com

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — The River Valley swim team kicked off its 2017-18 campaign with a sprint meet on Wednesday at Shawnee State University, with the Lady Raiders placing third and the RVHS boys taking fifth out of seven teams on each side.

The River Valley girls picked up four of first place finishes, including the 200m freestyle relay. RVHS also had a relay team finish 13th in the 200m freestyle and had another quartet take 11th in the 200m medley.

RVHS senior Jenna Burke claimed first place in the 100m freestyle, with Maddee Tabor and Alyssa Bennett finishing 14th and 15th respectively in the race.

The 50m freestyle was won by sophomore Elisabeth Moffett, while Tabor was 16th and Aylssa Bennett was 18th. RVHS also claimed first in the other 50m freestyle, as Alyssa Lollathin won, Natosha Rankin placed 24th and Bailey Bennett was 26th.

The Lady Raiders also earned two runner-up finishes, with Burke in the 50m backstroke and Moffett in 50m breaststroke. Julia Nutter came in 14th in the 50 breaststroke, while Bailey Bennett took 15th in the 50 backstroke.

Kenzie Baker came in third in the 100m individual medley, with Nutter taking 13th in the race.

Lollathin was fifth in the 200m freestyle, while Baker and Rankin were sixth and 15th respectively in the 50m fly.

On the boys side, RVHS had relay teams finish third and eighth in the 200m medley, while taking fifth in the 200m freestyle and seventh in the 400m freestyle.

RVHS senior George Rickett led the Raiders individually, claiming a runner-up finish in the 50m backstroke and a third place finish in the 100m individual medley. Also in the 50m backstroke, Ryan Lollathin was sixth and Noah Meerwinch was eighth.

For the Raiders in the 50m breaststroke, Will Edgar was fourth and Ian Eblin was 12th. Ethan Cline earned a fifth place finish in the 200m freestyle, with Cole Franklin earning ninth in the race.

Cline turned in a sixth place mark in the 100m freestyle, with Wyatt Bragg and Ryan Lollathin taking 12th and 14th respectively. In the 50m fly, Bragg took sixth, while Franklin was eighth.

Ethan Browning claimed seventh in 50m freestyle, an event in which Meerwinch placed 10th and Chase Johnson was 20th. In a separate 50m freestyle, Edgar placed seventh, Browning was 10th, Ian Eblin took 14th, and Johnson earned 17th.

After heading to Athens on Saturday, the Raiders will host their first meet of the season on Friday.

By Alex Hawley