Albemarle boys take home FUMA Christmas Invitational title

Albemarle’s boys swimming’s depth allowed the Patriots to hold off a strong charge by host Fork Union Saturday at the Fork Union Christmas Invitational, with the Patriots out-pointing FUMA 453-396.


Only the Patriots’ Caleb Smith won an individual event title for Albemarle as he took home the 100-free championship. The Patriots were strong throughout the lineup though, with two runner-up relay teams in the 200 free and 400 free relay while also grabbing third in 200 medley relay.


Smith added a second place finish in the 200-IM while Nick Ashby finished third in the 200 free. Joe Keller was second in the 400 free and third in the 50-free.


Fork Union did its damage at the top of the event leaderboards, where the Blue Devils won eight individual event titles, including a relay victory in the 200 medley. Anthony Gemma, Mazen Youssef and Samer Khalil each won two individual events, with Gemma taking the 50-free and 100-breast, Youssef winning the 200-IM and 100-back and Khalil winning the 100-fly and 400-free. David Pitts also picked up a win with a winning swim in the 200-free and a runner-up finish in the 100-free. Nathan Smith took third in the 400-free.


Woodberry Forest did much of its heavy lifting with a pair of relay vicotires in the 200-free and 400-free relays. The Tigers’ Chas Sigloh led the rest of the charge for the Woodberry’s third place finish as a team, taking runner-up spots in the 200-free and 100-fly. Charlie Moore took third in the 100-free and second in the 100-back while Kyle Floyd took third in the 100-fly.


For St. Anne’s-Belfield, Parker DeVillier took third in the 100-back and STAB finished second in the 200-medley relay. Bracken Eddy highlighted Monticello’s day with two third place finishes in the 200-IM and 100-back. Covenant’s Noah Holstege finished second in the 50-free while Noah Sheffield was the runner-up in the 100-back.