Keely Hemminger Reigns as New State Champion While Wolverines End Historic Swim Season

Keely Hemminger Reigns as New State Champion While Wolverines End Historic Swim Season

Woodgrove’s varsity swim team traveled to the Christiansburg Aquatic Center on February 19 where they finished their historical season with the men’s team placing twelve out of 31 teams in the VHSL 4A state championship while the women’s team finishes in fourth out of 25 teams, both their best finishes in Woodgrove history.

The women’s team finished runner-up in the VHSL 4A Regional championship earning a spot in the VHSL 4A State Championship. They finished with a record best fourth place out of 25.

Top women’s performers include all state swimmers freshman Keely Hemminger, senior Kristen Garner, and Junior Kacey Hauck. Hemminger showed her talents at states by becoming the 4A state champion in the 200 free and 500 free. Not only is she the state champion in those categories, but also the 500 free 4A state record holder. Garner finished sixth in the 50 free and 100 free while Hauck finished third in the 100 breaststroke and fourth in the 200 free.

The Woodgrove’s men’s team, placing first in the VHSL Conference 21 championship, managed to capture a spot in states with their fourth place finish at regionals. The men’s team finished twelve out of 31 teams at states; their best showing ever.

Top men’s performers at the VHSL 4A state championship include all state swimmers senior Ethan Bloomfield and sophomore Nick Palmieri. Bloomfield dropped 2 seconds on the 100-yard backstroke earning him a sixth place finish in the state. Palmieri also earned a sixth place spot in the state with 49.15 in the 100 free.

This season will be memorable one for the Woodgrove men’s and women’s swim teams. Next season will hopefully be the same for the young wolverine athletes.