The Center for Health and Wellness in Clinton hosted a regional high school meet on Wednesday December 5th, 2012. There were 4 participating teams: Hobbton, Topsail, Clinton, and Midway high schools.
The Topsail High School won both the women’s and men’s divisions. The women were the dominating force winning many events and showed tremendous depth often picking up 2nd and 3rd places points as well.
On the men’s side, Clinton won many races but Topsail consistently picked up two 4th place points which ultimately cost Clinton the overall team win.
Coach Yang however was extremely pleased with his rookie swimmers. Clinton Women: Megan Wrench, Dorothy Lane and Alaina Capps both had dramatic drops in their personal best times. The rookie men will be forces to reckon with in the future as Spell Carr, Jacob Smith, and Will Reagan went from unable to swim 4 lengths of the pool without stopping to challenging established veteran swimmers from Topsail and Clinton. Jacob Blount is the team’s new utility swimmer as he can swim all events and all strokes. Andrew Johnson from Midway has turned into a multidimensional asset as well he too is now capable of swimming all four competitive strokes (Freestyle, Butterfly, Backstroke and Breaststroke).
The most impressive swim of the day belonged to sophomore Aaron Viser who turns in his football helmet for swimming goggles each November swam the technically challenging and physically demanding 200 yard individual medley also known as the I.M. The I.M. is two lengths of each stroke in the following order: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. Aaron placed third in his first competitive attempt at this race with a time of 3:14.40.
Gutting through the most dreaded event, the 100 yard butterfly, Elizabeth Tsao (also from CHS), stepped up for the team to score important third place points in this event. Her time was 1:25.15 faster than some swimmer’s freestyle time. Most swimmers hate swimming this event as it tends to create tremendous lactic acid build up in the shoulders, abdomen, and legs resulting in tremendous pain by the last length of the race.
Hobbton team captain Marcy McLamb has picked up where she left off last year with a third place finish in the 100 yard backstroke.
Local High School Winners:
Freddy Bath – CHS – 200 yard freestyle – 2:10.69
Lillie Turlington – CHS – 50 yard freestyle – 27.25
Casey Yang – CHS – 500 yard freestyle – 5:54.83
Daniel Core – MHS – 100 yard breaststroke – 1:10.80
CHS Men’s 200 yard Medley Relay Team (Yang, Locklear, Taylor, Bath) – 1:55.84
CHS Men’s 200 yard Freestyle Relay Team (Taylor, Purcell, Yang, Bath) – 1:38.60
CHS Men’s 400 yard Freestyle Relay Team (Yang, Purcell, Bath, Taylor) – 3:49.32