Lily Weeks

Lexington's Lily Weeks takes a breath during the 100 yard breaststroke at Saturday's Ohio Cardinal Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at Wooster's Ellen Shapiro Natatorium.

LEXINGTON — Lily Weeks never knows from one meet to the next what events she’ll be swimming in and Lexington’s versatile junior likes it that way.

The Richland Bank Athlete of the Week, Weeks won a pair of individual events and was a member of a winning relay team at the Ohio Cardinal Conference Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday at Wooster’s Ellen Shapiro Natatorium.

Lady Lex finished second in the team title chase with 480 points. Wooster won the OCC crown with 514 points.

Weeks won the 200 yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 19.38 seconds and took first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.69. She teamed with fellow junior Olivia Neman and seniors Sarah Malaska and Tessa Gerhardt to win the 200 medley relay in 1:54.84. Weeks, Gerhardt, Newman and senior Ashley Brumit were second in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:42.96.

“We don’t have the same relay (teams) all year, so I wasn’t sure which ones I would be on,” said Weeks, whose older brother, Drew, starred at Mansfield Senior and now swims for Ball State. “The medley relay was really exciting. That was my fastest 50 (split) in the breaststroke this year.”

Weeks and Brumit were seeded first and second, respectively, in the 200 IM. Brumit finished third behind Mount Vernon’s Skylar Hill.

“I was swimming with Ashland and we were really pumped because we were seeded one-two,” Weeks said. “We didn’t care who won as long as someone from Lex got first.”

Because of Week’s versatility, Coach Brock Spurling can enter her in just about any event. She swam butterfly the last two years.

“Just not backstroke,” Weeks joked. “It’s nice because you don’t feel burned out in your events because we mix it up. It helps with your good events, too, because if you do the 500 freestyle, it can help your endurance. It’s nice not doing everything the same.”

Weeks qualified for the state meet as a member of the 400 freestyle relay team last year, teaming with Abbie Masi, Jordan Hayes and Sage Moore. That foursome finished 14th in 3:42.72.

Masi, Hayes and Moore have all graduated, along with All-Ohioan Alli McFarland among other. Weeks has been pressed into a larger role this winter.

“It’s definitely been a big change, missing all the seniors — especially Alli and Sage,” Weeks said. “Last year I was on the 400 relay and we made it to state and it was all seniors. It was a really fun relay.

“This year we have to work even harder in practice. We have to go out and give our best at every meet.”

Weeks is no stranger to state-level competition. She has helped Lexington to three straight cross country team titles. Last fall she finished seventh overall in 18:34.9.

“Lily is a warrior. She will battle for you,” Spurling said. “She gets that coming from coach (Denise) Benson’s program in cross country.”

With the postseason nearing, Weeks and her teammates are again setting their sites on Canton’s C.T. Branin Natatorium and the state meet. Lady Lex finished 10th in the final team standings last year.

“We want to qualify our relays to state,” Weeks said. “I’m not sure which (individual) events I’m swimming but I want to carry this momentum into the postseason.”

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