The Altavista Colonels’ freshman swimming sensation Kristopher Schultz single-handedly took the team all the way to the state championships in its inaugural season. Schultz competed in two events at the VHSL Classes 1 & 2 State Swimming & Diving Championships. The meet took place at the Collegiate School Aquatics Center in Richmond on February 14.
The versatile swimmer competed in most of the different swimming events at some point throughout the season, but it was the long-distance event, the 500 yard freestyle, and the much faster-paced 100 yard freestyle that took him to the championships.
He qualified with a fast enough time in the 500 at the team’s last meet of the regular season, and then he qualified in the 100 by placing high enough in the regional championships. The latter was made all the more impressive given that Schultz had been battling the flu all week prior to the meet. He narrowly missed qualifying in the 100 breaststroke by one place.
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