|Highlands Boys Swimming, Diving Team Wins Region for Fifth Straight Year|
|Facebook Photo. The Highlands Swimming and Diving Teams participated in the 7th Region Meet over the weekend. The Highlands boys won it for the fifth straight year.|
The Highlands Bluebirds boys swimming and diving team won its fifth straight 7th Region Crown over the weekend.
Highlands won it with 447.5 points edging Ryle by 5.5 points. The Highlands girls took fifth with 193 points.
Junior Matt Herfel won the 100-yard Breaststroke in one minute, 1.06 seconds and senior Benjamin Vaught took second in 1:01.44. Senior Sam Jones won the 500 Freestyle in 4:41.66 and the 200 Freestyle in 1:43.84.
Herfel and Jones also helped the 400 freestyle relay team to a second-place finish in 3:18.06. Other members of that team are juniors Evan Jones and Adam Pawlak. Pawlak finished second in the 100 Butterfly in 55.54 seconds.
Herfel also helped the 200 freestyle team finish runner-up in 1:30.38. Other members of the team were sophomore Charlie Banks, junior Bode Russell and seventh grader Chanith Abeysinghe. Jones, Vaught, Pawlak and Charlie Banks helped the 200 Medley Relay team to a second-place finish in 1:39.36.
Freshman Sarah Jones won the 100 Backstroke in 59.35 seconds. Eighth grader Ragan Moore finished second in the 50 Freestyle in 25.27 seconds.
Highlands Girls Fall in First Round:
The Bluebirds lost in the first round of the state tournament at Executive Strike and Spare to Cooper, 3-1 (139-142, 171-128, 148-132, 163-132). They earned the 12th seed bowling a total of 736 in the preliminaries Monday.
Highlands has advanced to the state tournament eight times. They have not advanced past the first round since 2019 when the Bluebirds bested Harrison County before losing to Campbell County in the state quarterfinals.
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