SALEM – The Salem High swim team competed with over 700 swimmers and 37 teams in the SW Invitational Swim Meet in Christiansburg last weekend. The meet included a boys’ meet on one end of the facility and a girls’ meet on the other, held simultaneously.
“It was a crazy day but we swam pretty good,” said Salem coach Beth Boothe. “There was a lot of great competition, spreading from Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and West Virginia and I feel we did a great job with a lot of fast times.”
William A. Hough High School from Cornelius, NC won both the boys’ and girls’ meets. In the girls’ meet Science Hill of Tennessee was second and Hidden Valley was third, and in the boys’ meet Hidden Valley took second and Science Hill was third. Salem’s boys took a fourth and the girls were eighth.
Individually Joey Dishaw finished 3rd in the 50 free with a time of 23.27. Josh Stick finished 4th in the 100 free at 51.69. Nelson Helm finished 6th in the 500 free in 5:12.42 and 8th in the 200 free in 1:54.43, while brother Hayden Helm finished 5th in the 100 breast with a time of 1:07.24. Sam Sheffield finished 6th in the 50 free, clocking 23.3.3.
The boys 200 free relay team took 3rd in 1:34.57 with the team of Dishaw, Stick, Helm, and Sheffield. Salem finished 4th in the 200 medley relay with a state cut time of 1:45.69.
For the girls, Allie Criss finished 4th in the 100 free with a time of 55.79 and 6th in the 100 back with a time of 1:03.12. Jane-Anna Caldwell finished 4th in the 500 free with a time of 5:49.17 and the girls 200 free relay team finished 4th in 1:52.85 with a foursome of Caldwell, Emily Dodd, Rachel Goldstein, and Criss.
“This time of year we are struggling with sickness and injuries, but hopefully the Winter Break can heal them all and we will be ready for the GATOR Invitational on Jan 7th at the Gator Center in Roanoke,” said Boothe.