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Prep Swimming Notepad: Numbers key for King George
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King George is a top contender for the Battlefield District championship every season, and this year looks to be no different.
The Foxes don’t boast a huge number of swimmers in the Free Lance–Star’s top- times list, but their number of swimmers often gives them an edge.
This season, King George coach Debi Bernardez said the Foxes have only two year-round swimmers, so it has been counting on its team-oriented approach to lead the way.
That approach worked well in a win over fellow district title contender James Mon roe, who has more year- round swimmers than the Foxes.
“We beat JM a couple weeks ago because we have more depth,” she said. “So, I think it’s going to be tight at the district meet.”
Bernardez went on to say that there have been several swimmers that have stepped up their involvement in the team.
“I’ve got some really hard workers that are coming through for me right now,” she said.
Juniors Kenzie Ludwig, Courtney Miller and Lucy Shippee have come to the forefront for the girls. Ju niors Chase Manard and Billy Owen, and sophomore Rudy Morrow have done the same for the boys.
The girls team has been led by its relay teams, which have FLS top times in all three relay events.
The boys’ top swimmer has been Ricardo Bonilla- Vazquez, who has recorded top times individually in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly, while also participating with the Foxes’ relay teams.
Bernardez said that is not the only way the sophomore contributes, however.
“Ricardo is my strongest swimmer, but he’s by far my best team leader,” she said. “He’s like and extra coach on the deck, always there to help me out.
“Everyone needs a kid like him on their team.”
King George is scheduled to close out its regular season this Friday when it hosts Culpeper in district action at the King George YMCA.
The Foxes will then take on all the Battlefield schools in the district meet on Feb. 1 at the University of Mary Washington.