Andrew Hathaway

Lexington's Andrew Hathaway catches his breath after competing in the consolation final of the 100-yard freestyle during last weekend's state swimming tournament at Canton's C.T. Branin Natatorium.

LEXINGTON — By the time the state swimming championships ended Saturday afternoon, Andrew Hathaway didn’t have anything left in the tank.

The Richland Bank Athlete of the Week left everything he had in the pool inside Canton’s C.T. Branin Natatorium.

A senior, Hathaway was a four-time All-Ohioan and three-time podium finisher over the weekend. He helped the Lexington boys to a surprising eighth-place finish in the team standings.

Hathaway was a member of all three of Lex’s podium-finishing relay teams.

He joined forces with younger brother Jacob, Ben Starling and Tanner Holmes in the 200-yard medley relay, placing seventh in 1:37.94. The 200 freestyle relay team of Jamin Howe, Holmes, Lucas Starling and Andrew Hathaway was seventh in 1:29.37. The 400 free relay team of Andrew Hathaway, Howe, Lucas Starling and Jacob Hathaway was eighth in 3:17.95.

Individually, Hathaway qualified for the ‘B’ final in the 100 freestyle. He finished 15th in 49.24.

“The one who really stepped up and put the entire team on his back was Andrew Hathaway,” Lex coach Brock Spurling said. “Here’s a kid who, the only two-day meet he ever swam in his life before now, was the (Greater Mansfield Aquatic Conference meet).

“For him to go out there and swim eight events over the last 24-hours-plus, he’s dog tired. But he put his heart and soul into the team. Not only from what he did in the pool, but as a leader. It’s remarkable.”

Lexington placed third in the team standings at last year’s state meet, but lost a wealth of talent to graduation. Hathaway and Jamin Howe both were members last year’s 200 freestyle relay team that placed 12th.

“Coming into this year most of us wouldn’t have imagined getting three relays into the top eight at state,” Hathaway said. “We were able to come out and do it and it’s just awesome.”

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