On Dec. 14, The Center for Health and Wellness (TCHW) hosted a high school swim meet pitting Northside High School from Jacksonville and four Sampson County high schools (Clinton, Midway, Hobbton, and Sampson Early College). TCHW is well known as an excellent and diverse fitness center that is open to the public for membership. In addition to the competition pool TCHW offers a basketball court, racket ball court, cardiovascular equipment, weights (free and machine), aerobics room, spinning room, hot tub and steam room. Director David Elder states that “it is important for Sampson County to get healthy and we are here to provide an opportunity for people have an enjoyable environment to exercise, socialize and develop healthy lifestyle habits.” As the only indoor pool facility in Sampson County TCHW generously assisted in making this high school swim competition a success.
No competition can occur however without good officials. TCHW Aquatics director Dameon Jones was the race starter for the swim meet. Bill Hunter was the NCHSAA certified referee. Local certified stroke and turn judges volunteered their time including: Jamie Williams (also the CHS assistant men’s soccer coach), Judy Taylor (first grade teacher at L.C. Kerr Elementary School), and Lisa Turlington (executive director of the Sampson Community College Foundation). Local artist Grace Ho, MD (hoyangfineart.com) added her photography skills for the teams. Numerous parents volunteered to time, score, and provide refreshments.
The local high school swimmers raced exceedingly well with numerous athletes taking first place honors. The majority of the fastest swimmers came up through the youth swim program at TCHW. That program continues to crank out new young swimmers under the instruction of Dameon Jones. The Sampson County high school swimmers won ever race except for the men’s 200 and 50 yard freestyle events which were won by Northside’s Tyler Ducar.
The swimmers below all won their respective events. All times displayed in minutes and/or seconds (mm:ss.ss) with distances in yards.
Hobbton High School:
Marcy McLamb - 100 Backstroke 1:29.58
Midway High School:
Taylor Brown – 50 Free 28.04 and 100 Free 1:03.51
James Core - 100 Breaststroke 1:12.29
Clinton High School:
Frederick Bath - 100 Backstroke 1:19.55
Alex Purcell - 100 Freestyle 1:03.42
Darby Taylor - 200 Freestyle 2:23.75 and 100 Breaststroke 1:19.79
Ryan Taylor - 200 Individual Medley 2:29.14 and 100 Butterfly 1:05.88
Lillie Turlington - 200 IM 2:31.92 and 100 Fly 1:09.34
Casey Yang - 500 Freestyle 6:00.92
Clinton High School also swept all the relays winning every relay event:
Women 200 Medley - 2:12.85 - Elizabeth J. Tsao, Darby L. Taylor, Lillie W. Turlington, Gracin Palmer
Men 200 Medley - 2:17.30 - Alex Purcell , Henry Elizondo, Lane M. Hall , Colin Faulkner
Women 200 Free - 2:16.55 - Grace Reagan , Stephanie Gore , Samantha Pope , Alexis Valenti
Men 200 Free - 1:56.89 - Colin Faulkner , Henry Elizondo , Collin Johnson , Austin Tyndall
Women 400 Free - 4:26.62 - Lillie W. Turlington, Elizabeth J. Tsao, Darby L. Taylor, Gracin Palmer
Men 400 Free - 4:00.60 - Casey Yang, Frederick C. Bath, Alex Purcell, Ryan T. Taylor
Kylie Cashwell of Sampson Early College High School finished second in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2:30.73.