This week’s Orange Panther of the Week is sophomore swimmer Luke Roman. It was another successful season for the Orange men’s swimming team, which captured the Central Carolina Conference championship and finished 2nd in the Central Region. Roman won the CCC Championship in the 200 yard freestyle and the 500 yard freestyle. At the 3A State Championships, Roman finished 4th in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:46.48, a new school record. At the Central Regionals, Roman finished second in the 200 yard freestyle. He also finished 2nd in the 500 yard freestyle, again setting a new school record. Roman also teamed with Evan Phillips, Alex Andre and Andrew Weeks to finish 2nd in the 200 yard medley relay with a new season-best time in the regionals and advanced to the state championships. Roman, Andre Phillips and Nick Baczara finished 3rd in the 400 freestyle relay in the regionals, also advancing to the state championships. In 2022, Roman was named the CCC Male Swimmer of the Year. As a freshman, he won two CCC Championshipis: in the 200 yard freestyle and the 500 yard freestyle. Roman will spend the spring with his travel team before embarking on his junior year at Orange.

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