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Several season-best times highlight Raiders’ showing in second meet

Freshman Brandon Thrower earned points in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

LAURINBURG — A junior and a freshman swimmer accounted for all of Richmond’s points during the team’s second meet of the season on Wednesday.

Like they did in the season opener, junior Brent Humann and freshman Brandon Thrower led the team and combined to record a season-high 41 points.

Using a combination of freestyle and medley events, the Raiders finished fourth overall. 

Scotland High School took third place (55 points) and Union Pines High School won its second consecutive Sandhills Athletic Conference meet (310 points).

With just five swimmers on its roster, Richmond made the most of its performance and switched some events around. Several Raiders also improved their times from last week’s opener.

Both competing in two events, Humann led the team with 21 points and Thrower notched 20 points.

Swimming in the 200-yard individual medley for the first time in his career, Humann had his best finish of the meet with a fourth-place mark. He clocked in with a time of 3:15.93 for 11 points.

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Humann’s other 10 points came in the 50-yard freestyle, which he set his fastest time of the season. Taking 0.19 seconds off his previous record, Humann earned fifth place with a final time of 30.15 seconds.

Thrower also added points in the open 50-yard race, coming in sixth place just behind Humann. He clocked the wall at 31.37 seconds for nine points and took 0.65 seconds off of last week’s time.

Also setting a new season-low time in the 100-yard freestyle, Thrower ripped through the water to a fourth-place finish. Shaving 5.42 seconds off his time, Thrower finished in 1:08.48.

Michael Barbee (37.23 seconds), Conner Thrower (37.63 seconds) and Gavin Applewhite (38.09 seconds) competed in the 50-yard freestyle for Richmond. Only the top-two finishers for each school earn points in an event.

All three times for Barbee, Conner Thrower and Applewhite were new personal bests.

The Raiders will wrap up their shortened season on Saturday, Feb. 4, in the SAC championship meet at St. Andrews University.

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Kyle Pillar is a 16-time North Carolina Press Association award-winning sports editor with The Richmond Observer. Follow the sports department on Twitter @ROSports_ for the best in-depth coverage of Richmond County sports.