SHEPHERDSTOWN — Jefferson High School's swim team enjoyed a strong start to the season with a dominating performance by both the boys and girls.
Jefferson’s boys and girls both defeated Hedgesville, Martinsburg and Hampshire during Saturday’s meet at the Shepherd Wellness Center.
The Cougars claimed first in every individual event in the boys’ meets and all but three in the girls’ meets.
The Jefferson boys beat Martinsburg 73-14, Hedgesville 72-16 and Hampshire 76-8.
The Jefferson girls took a 69-25 win over Martinsburg, an 81-9 victory over Hedgesville and a 71-18 triumph over Hampshire.
Jefferson's boys took first place in the opening event: the 200-yard medley relay. Cavin Davis, Zackary Bishop, Chris Pfaltzgraff and Chris Turner teamed up for a first-place finish with a time of 1 minute, 54 seconds, besting the field by 13 seconds. Jefferson added another decisive win in the 200 freestyle when Connor LaBombard picked up the victory with a time of 2:10, touching the wall 25 seconds ahead of the second-place swimmer.
Pfaltzgraff added another first-place finish to his day in the 200 individual medley, touching in 2:37, while Turner also picked up his second win of the day, his coming in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.94.
Max Hawley edged teammate Pfaltzgraff by a second to win the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:13. Turner’s third top finish of the day in the 100 free, touching in 53.04, while LaBombard earned first in the 500 free with a time of 6:13.
Bishop, Justin Gottlieb, LaBombard and Turner finished with a time of 1:41 in the 200 free relay. The quartet won by more than 10 seconds, and Davis picked up a win in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:12.
After Bishop won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:14, Pfaltzgraff, Hawley, Davis and LaBombard finished in 4:06 to win the 400 free relay.
Jefferson's girls also enjoyed great success as well with Sierra Knott, Amanda Livingston, Isabella Tuzzio and Kate Hefner combining for a time of 2:08 to win the 200 medley relay, and Lotze (2:24) followed that up with a first-place finish in the 200 free.
Knott (26.49) took a two-second win in the 50 free. Tuzzio kept the Cougars rolling with a decisive victory in the 100 fly, finishing with a time of 1:09, while Knott added yet another first-place finish in the 100 free with a time of 1:01.
Lotze’s 6:41 in the 500 free was good enough for a victory and topped the competition by three seconds, while Risenweber managed her second victory of the day, with a time of 1:12.
Jefferson's Lotze, Sera Ann Hawley, Gigi Brown and Livingston closed out the day with a time of 5:00 to edge the Cougars’ B team by six seconds.