Hunting Hills wins RVAA swimming title once again, Read Mountain is third, Ashley Plantation seventh

As expected, Hunting Hills Country Club won the Roanoke Valley Aquatic Association swimming championship last weekend with a strong performance at the City-County meet. The final meet of the summer season was held at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center.

Hunting Hills finished the season with 15,321.5 points, which includes 60 percent from the six regular season meets and 40 percent from last week’s two-day City-County meet. That total gave the Hound Dogs their seventh straight RVAA championship.

Stonegate Swim Club of Salem wasn’t far behind in second place at 14,238, and the Gators have been the only team to outscore Hunting Hills in the past 16 years. The Hound Dogs have won 14 of the past 16 titles, placing second to Stonegate in 2011 and ’12.

Botetourt County’s Read Mountain took third place with 13,286 points, and most of the Muskies had their best times of the season. Read Mountain had 105 swimmers age 4 to 54 during the City-County meet, and James Cleveland won the Tyler Nordgren Award, which is given to a swimmer who has worked hard to overcome difficulties through swimming. Angelina Zeidan won five events.

“All of the hard work by swimmers, coaches and parents certainly paid off as the season ended with the City-County championship meet,” said Read Mountain coach Susan Bleecker.

Ashley Plantation finished seventh with 8,481 points, taking third place in Division 2. Layne Jones was the points leader for the Stingrays with 294 points, including a first place gold in the 11-12 50 backstroke.

“We had another amazing turnout of swimmers and spectators at the CAC for the RVAA City-County meet,” said Ashley coach Kerrie Jolley.

A third county team, Limestone Park, also competed but had just four swimmers in the meet. Limestone finished with 374 points.

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