The best area swimmers competed head-to-head Wednesday night at the CSRA All-Star Meet.
In the days leading up to the league’s final meet, each of the CSRA’s four divisions squared off against each other in divisional meets, where league champions were crowned.
Montclair finished third in Division 1; Riverwood was first in Division 2; Farmington-Northwood was second in Division 3; and Rivershyre was tops in Division 4.
While there was still divisional pride exhibited at the All-Star Meet at the Augusta Aquatics Center, the meet was all about the individual swimmers. And there were plenty of them as 21 league teams put up 635 swimmers in the meet.
Columbia County accounted for 12 of those teams.
“It’s all about having fun tonight,” said Petersburg Racquet Club coach Casey Crowley. “I participated in this meet multiple times. I love this meet.”
One of his swimmers was on the same wavelength.
“The best thing about the meet is winning medals or having fun with my friends,” said Emily Munger, who won the 9-10 girls 25-yard freestyle and was second in the 25 fly.
Munger’s sister, Audrey, finished with a win in the 8 and under girls 100 IM and finished second in the 25 freestyle by 1/100 of a second.
West Lake coach Ashley Chafin was pleased with the way the meet was going halfway through the event.
“The kids are doing well,” said Chafin. “They’re swimming their best times out there. I couldn’t be happier.”
While many swimmers were topping their own times, there were a number of swimmers who stood out, including West Lake’s Nathan Alleyne.
Swimmers were allowed to enter only two events and Alleyne made the most of his opportunities. He won the 11-12 boys 50 backstroke and 50 butterfly.
Siblings of swimmers who participated in the recent U.S. Olympic Trials also showed what they could do in the pool.
Mike Jeschke won the 11-12 boys 50 breaststroke and was second in the 100 IM, finishing less than a second behind. Aaron Hendry has been playing in a baseball summer league but still won the 13-14 boys 50 fly and 50 breast.
“I haven’t trained since May,” said the Farmington-Northwood swimmer, who will be a freshman at Evans High.
Other double winners included West Lake’s Alex Schafer, Woodbridge’s Brennan Day, Springlakes’ Rachel Fulton and JT Earwood, Riverwood’s Ellen Johnson, Brynwood’s Lindsay Wallace, North Augusta’s Grant Smith and Hammond Hills’ Kelsey Williams.