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Barnard continues record-setting paces

Barnard continues record-setting paces

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MECHANICSVILLE – The Federal Club’s Amanda Barnard has apparently been happy to get back in the water. It certainly seems so with the torrid pace she’s been keeping up the first half of the abbreviated Greater Richmond Aquatic League season.

Two weeks ago, in the first week of competition, Barnard broke three GRAL regular-season records: in the 13-14 girls 100-yard freestyle, the 100 breaststroke and the 50 butterfly.

Last week, in a meet against cross-county competitor Pebble Green, she broke two more: in the 100 individual medley and 100 butterfly.

Her time two weeks ago in the 100 freestyle of 53.72 bested the previous record of 54.71 set by Atlee Recreation Association’s Katie Schroeder on June 14, 2006. Barnard broke the 100 breaststroke record of 1:09.14 set by Fox Hall’s Rebecca Rainer on July 11, 2007, by more than a minute with a time of 1:08.25. Her 50 butterfly time of 26.78 bested that of 27.44 set on July 12, 2017, by Tuckahoe Village-West’s Zoe Dixon.

In last week’s performances, Barnard knocked down a 9-year-old record in the 100 individual medley. The previous mark of 1:02.86 was set by Wyndham’s Sara Luscombe on July 13, 2001. Barnard shattered it by nearly two seconds with a time of 1:00.94. Barnard also broke the 100 butterfly record set by The Dominion Club’s Ellie Ahmed by more than a second: Ahmed’s record of 1:00.06 was set on July 21, 2017. Barnard’s time Wednesday was 58.82.

Wednesday, only four of the five Hanover County teams competed: Ashland could not swim because the Carter Park Pool was closed temporarily because a staff member had a brief contact with a COVID-19-positive individual. The staff member subsequently tested negative.

The Federal Club outscored Pebble Creek in their meet with 910-717. It was led by 10 quadruple winners: Brannan Agee, Kiersten Armstrong, Lauren Armstrong, Delaney Brown, Charlotte Bruning, Anderson Byrd, Catherine Callihan, Avery Duke, Conner Jorgensen and Sadie Smith.

Amanda Barnard was one of eight triple winners, along with William Barnard III, Taylor Olivia Brown, Lindsey Hair, Maggie McClintock, Leah Sculthorpe, Ford Sprouse and Cooper Waldron.

Pebble Creek was led by a trio of quad winners – Cora Green, William Hulette, Dillon Strohhacker – and 10 triple winners: Cooper Early, Mason Hill, Tyler Hill, Wesley Hill, Jackson Magill, Sydney Minton, Tessa Santelli, Kenzie Strohhacker, Reagan Strohhacker and Jonah Volles.

Burkwood vs. Wyndham

Burkwood more than doubled up Wyndham with 1,813 points to 683. Burkwood was led by eight quadruple winners: Faith Baird William Blackwell, William Conlan, Claire Ligday, Mary Jane Ligday, Olivia Midgett, Briggs Zyglocke and Lennon Zyglocke.

The team had a host of triple winners: Braden Amiss, Bret Bednarczyk, Sam Castle, Anna Cross, Natalie Culley, Russell Odor, Chandler Rose, Jacob Rose, and Lilly Zyglocke.

Hanover Country Club vs. Raintree

Hanover Country Club trailed Raintree in points, 729-858, last week, but the team had plenty of praise-worthy performances. It was led by a pair of quad winners, Robbie Cunningham and Finn Winegardner, and a host of triple winners: Ellis Clark, Samantha Cox, Emma Cunningham, Jacob Droppleman, J.J. Droppleman, Robert Jones, Kaleb Kashinejad, Melanie McAdoo, Sydney McAdoo, Charles Sanders and Miller Sweazey.

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