The Orange men’s swimming team continues to have a strong season. Last week, the Panthers defeated Western Alamance and Northwood in a dual match at the Orange County Sportsplex. Sophomore Luke Roman, who broke the school record in the 200 yard freestyle to begin the year, wound up winning the 500 yard freestyle at a time of 5:00.28. Senior Evan Phillips captured the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:07.67. Phillips has now qualified for regionals in five different events this year. His senior night is coming up tonight at the Orange County Sportsplex when Orange faces Cedar Ridge. In addition, Phillips, Roman, Nick Baczara and Andrew Weeks qualified for regionals in the 400 yard freestyle relay. They had a time of 3:41.36, well ahead of the regional qualifying standard of 4:00.99. Last year, Roman, Phillips, Alex Andre and Baczara finished 9th in the 3A State Championships. Orange will conclude the regular season tonight against Cedar Ridge, then prepare for the Central Carolina Conference championships.

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