Annika Pepper

Seth Roach

Tim Monihan and Farmers Insurance have named sophomore Seth Roach as the seventh Player of the Week for the 2019-2020 winter sports season.

“He swims year-round, but yet he still wants to come to the high school practices to make sure that he interacts with the other swimmers and just does what he has to do to be the elite athlete that he is,” boys’ swim coach Derek Abrams said.

During the final state meet for swim, Roach won first place in the boys’ 100-yard fly with a time of 50.99 seconds and first place in boys’ 200-yard medley relay along with senior Ben Phifer, junior Michael Tucker, and sophomore Samin Sayani who posted a time of 1 minute and 34.34 seconds. 

Roach also won second place in the boys’ 100-yard backstroke with a time of 51.87 seconds and first place in the boys’ 400-yard freestyle relay along with Phifer, Tucker, and Sayani with a time of 3 minutes and 13.37 seconds.

“The season overall was really great for all the Panthers,” Roach said. “We won county for the 20th year and the state meet overall was great.”

Other top finishers from the girls’ team were junior Lauren Presley who won 1st place in the girls’ 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1 minute and 4.99 seconds, sophomore Alana Burrows and Maddie Bacon, and juniors Presley and Avery McFaddin who won 3rd place for the girls’ 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1 minute and 49.08 seconds.

The team also placed third in the girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay as McFaddin, Bacon, Presley, and freshman Juliana Carle posted a time of 1 minute and 40.61 seconds.

Top finishers from the boys’ team were Phifer who won 3rd place in the boys’ 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1 minute and 53.68 seconds and second place in the boys’ 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 56.12 seconds.

Michael Tucker also placed second behind Roach in the boys’ 100-yard fly with a time of 51.52 seconds.

The boys’ team finished 3rd, two points behind state runner-up Riverwood, while the girls finished 7th overall. 

The state meet concludes another season of Starr’s Mill swim highlighted with the team’s 20th consecutive county championship.

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