by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Lancaster High senior Blake Smith advanced to the finals of the 100-yard backstroke, where he placed 13th in the state last Thursday at the Class 1/2 swim meet in Richmond.
Smith finished third in the Region 1A/2A meet two weeks ago to advance to the state meet. Both were held at SwimRVA Pool. The top five finishers in each region event advanced to the state meet.
Smith swam a personal best…