The Cayman Islands Lauren Hew made an immediate impact for the Saint Andrews school at the Florida 1A Championships. Competing for the first time at the meet in Stuart Florida on Friday Nov 11 Hew was on the podium twice.
Her first medal would come in the 200 yard freestyle relay. In the morning Lauren swam the anchor leg to help the team to the Championship final with a time of 1:38.51. In the final, the relay order and line-up was adjusted and Lauren was given lead duties. That move would reap great dividends as she uncorked a 23.72 effort .That gave the Scots an early advantage as she was the only swimmer under the 24 seconds barrier. Teammates Sydney Torres 24.50, Gabby Beltrano 24.74 and Hannah Trieschmann 24.24 ensured a podium place as the team had a total time of 1:37.20. That performance won them the Silver. It also ranked them as the 5th fastest team in all of Florida.
Her other medal would be in the 100 yard backstroke. Lauren would flirt with a 54 second clocking as she was timed in 55.29 (split time 26.64) to earn the Bronze medal. Of all the 4 divisions of the Florida High school Championships meets that were contested that puts Hew 5th overall.
In the 100 yard freestyle she was just off her personal best of 50.95. In the championship final she was one of 3 girls under the 24 seconds mark at the hallway mark. She would not make the podium in this race and placed 5th in a time of 51.23 .That gave her a Florida high school Championships ranking of 11th .
The Scots finished 5th in the girls category with 130 points.