2019-2020 was the best ever in program history for River Ridge’s swimmers! The Knights raised the bar this season with:
– 42 Swimmers – 4th largest swim team in Cherokee County
– 16 Girls – over the regular season, 145 best times for an average of 9 personal bests per swimmer
– 26 Boys – over the regular season, 233 best times for an average of 8 personal bests per swimmer
– First swimmer (S Brown) in program history named to USA Swimming Scholastic All America Team, 1 of only 2 swimmers in Cherokee County.
– 9 regular season meets: 5 1st place finishes and 4 2nd place finishes.
– 11 new team event records for the 2019-2020 season
– Knights had 18 top 3 finishes, 54 top 10 finishes and 67 scoring swims.
– 6 event county champs! Alex Blankinship ends his senior year as the reigning 3 year 50 free county champion. Sarah Brown is a 3 year county champion in 2 events, 200IM & 100 Breaststroke.
– In a program first, the girls set 2 county relay records: 200 Medley Relay & the 400 Free Relay.
– Boys won & Girls placed second for 2nd Overall – just 20 points behind Etowah.
The regular season & county proved to be an exciting preview of State:
– 23 athletes on State team – largest in program history.
– Boys team qualified in 5 individual events.
– Girls team qualified in every individual event.
– Team qualified a relay in every relay event.
Boys State Prelims:
200 Medley Relay: H Roper, N Leiker, A Buuck, J Biddiscombe
200 Free: C Portis, B Putzer
50 Free: A Blankinship, C Lukow
100 Fly: B Johnson
100 Free: A Blankinship
500 Free: B Johnson, C Portis , B Putzer
200 Free Relay: A Blankinship, B Johnson, C Lukow, C Portis
400 Free Relay: A Blankinship, B Johnson, C Portis, H Roper
Girls State Prelims:
200 Medley Relay: A Fortin, S Brown, G Beeler, H Fortin
200IM: S Brown, A Fortin
50 Free: H Fortin
100 Fly: N Fetcinko
100 Free: K Blankinship & H Fortin
500 Free: N Fetcinko
200 Free Relay: G Beeler, K Blankinship, A Butler, H Fortin
100 Back: A Fortin
100 Breaststroke: S Brown
400 Free Relay: K Blankinship, S Brown, N Fetcincko, A Fortin
The girls advanced to finals in 2 relays (200 Medley Relay & 400 Free Relays) and 3 individual events (200 IM, 100 Breaststroke & 100 Back) for an exciting Saturday night!
The girls finished the season with amazing swims:
200 Medley Relay – 5th 6A A Fortin, S Brown, N Fetcinko, H Fortin – new school record, highest finish & fastest time for CCSD
200 IM – 4th 6A S Brown – new school record
100 Back – 6th 6A A Fortin
100 Breast – 4th 6A S Brown – new school record
400 Free Relay – 5th A Fortin, N Fetcinko, K Blankinship, S Brown, highest finish & fastest time for CCSD
A Fortin’s lead off leg in the 400 Free Relay set a new team record in the 100 Free, for a total of 4 new team records set during the State finals. River Ridge Girls secured the team’s HIGHEST STATE FINISH in program history- 10th 6A!! Congrats Swim Team!