Inside the BRD: Bay Rivers swim titles on the line as Lafayette meets Jamestown

 With a combined 110 wrestlers poised to compete on Tuesday, the Lafayette-Jamestown swimming dual matches are among the biggest event on the Bay Rivers District winter calendar in terms of numbers. The stakes could not be bigger, either, as district titles are on the line in both genders.

Lafayette’s boys enter the meet at Hampton University 6-0, and unlikely to be challenged in its remaining duals after Tuesday, while Jamestown comes into its regular season finale with a 7-1 mark. Should Jamestown pull off the boys upset, a three-way tie for the district title with Tabb is likely to ensue.
On the girls side, Lafayette enters with a 6-0 record, while Jamestown is 7-0-1 with a tie to Tabb on its resume. But Lafayette coach Harold Baker, whose Rams finished ahead of the Eagles in the Kecoughtan Invitational, considers the Jamestown girls a slight favorite.
Baker should know. As coach of the Williamsburg Aquatic Club, where the majority of swimmers on both teams compete, he understands the strengths and weaknesses of both teams.
“I think we can give Jamestown a good run, but we’re a little thinner for dual matches,” he said of the girls side. “We were ahead of them in the Kecoughtan Invitational, but a couple of their best swimmers were sick or injured.”
Even so, the Jamestown 200 freestyle relay team of Hannah Clymer, Taylor Vitaletti, Lauren Wood and Margaret Williams posted an impressive time of 1:41.91 in winning at the prestigious Kecoughtan meet. Other Jamestown swimmers to watch at the duals on Tuesday are Nicalina Marciante, Sarah Niewola and Devon Freeland.
Lafayette’s girls counter with a strong group that includes Jenna Beattie, Jessica Beattie, Sarah Jurczyk, Indigo Cristol and Tori Connner.
On the boys side, Lafayette brings a young, talented team with aspirations of competing for a state title this season, and winning it in the next year or two. The Rams already own a win over defending Group AA state champion Tabb.
Lafayette stars include Carter Kale, Carter Stulen, Deke Lueker and Conor Flannery. Among the Jamestown standouts are Nick Souza, Matt Cudzik, Johnny Shidler and Rob Fulsom.
“The Jamestown-Lafayette meet is always a highlight for the swimmers,” Baker said. “They grow up together and are friends, so it’s a big, big deal.”