Julie Hicks and Avery Tucker represented the North Piedmont Aquatic Club (PAC) in the recent North Carolina 14 and Under Age Group Championships held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
Over the past four years Elkin High School has held the honor of watching its senior swimmers grow in their skills and move to the top of leaderboards. Among those seniors are three standout competitors who have earned their way to this Friday’s State Championship Swim Meet.
Elkin’s Sarah Singleton, North Wilkes’ Olivia Shumate and Forbush’s Noah Medwin earned top five individual finishes at Saturday’s 1A/2A West Region championship meet, held in Huntersville. The trio will headline a solid contingent from the Yadkin Valley who is headed to this Friday’s 1A/2A state meet in Cary. Singleton and Shumate have been at the state meet before. Medwin, a freshman, will be making his first trip.
Here are the all-conference boys and girls swimming teams from the Mountain Valley 1A/2A Conference. The league had its championship meet last month, and many of the top swimmers will compete in this weekend’s 1A/2A regional meet.
Boys and girls swim teams from Mount Airy finished in second place in Saturday’s Northwest 1A/2A Conference championship meet at the Armfield Civic Center in Pilot Mountain. Bishop McGuinness won both titles. The Granite Bears pushed the talented Villains in the girls meet. Bishop prevailed with 160 points, while Mount Airy scored 134.5 points and Surry Central placed third with 96 points.
Despite the disadvantage of not having an indoor pool in the neighborhood, Elkin continues to flex its muscles as a 1A high school swim power. Elkin’s girls team repeated as conference champions on Saturday in Pilot Mountain, while the boys finished as runners-up to Forbush.
Forbush only had three athletes to commit to the swim team during the first week of sign-ups late last fall. So, head coach Mark Beuter and his assistant coaches beat the bushes a little bit, and even they were surprised with how things turned out.
Bishop McGuinness and East Surry competed in the pool Wednesday, with the Villains winning both the boys and girls meets. Here are winners for each event:
The Armfield Civic Center Dolphins finished the 2011 summer season with a fourth-place finish at the Tri-County Swimming finals in Kernersville on Saturday. The Dolphins — coached by Grant Simmons, Leah Tunstall and Ashley Horn — finished the eight-team meet with 468 total points.
Click inside for some of our best images from the July 5 Elkin Wet Lightning at Dobson Dolphins swim meet, hosted by the Dolphins.
Three youth swimmers from Surry County, who each compete for the Piedmont Aquatic Club, earned medals in this weekend’s Powerade State Games of North Carolina competition in Winston-Salem. Mikki Nunn of Pilot Mountain collected five medals in the 10-and-under girls age group. Avery Tucker of Pilot Mountain medaled in three events in the 10-and-under girls age group. Palmer Duncan of Elkin picked up a pair of medals in the 12-and-under girls division.
Despite missing several swimmers for various reasons, the Elkin Wet Lightning fended off the Reeves Rapids and Carroll Tiger Sharks in a Saturday tri-meet. Sarah Cesare and Cameron Burleson both won four individual events for Elkin. Mattie Wells, Tessa Cesare, Grace Cesare and Alex Duncan were triple winners. Maia Schweikert, Payton Nicholson and Ashton Gant touched first in two events each.
YadkinValleySports.com photographer Eric Lusk captured hundreds of images from Saturday’s Wytheville at Elkin swim meet. Click inside for a sample of some of his favorite pictures.
Elkin’s summer swim team used a familiar formula to dominate its first meet of the season. The Wet Lightning combined depth with quality swims to beat the Wytheville Waves 1,105 to 262 on Saturday at the Elkin pool. Elkin swimmers touched first in 77 events. Wytheville managed first place in five events.
A local summer swim dynasty that hasn’t lost a meet in roughly a decade will begin the new season this weekend against one of the teams that has provided the stiffest competition in recent years. The Elkin Wet Lightning will leap off the blocks for the first time this summer on Saturday at 9 a.m. against the Wytheville Waves. Wytheville nearly ended Elkin’s run of dual-meet dominance a couple of summers ago, barely falling to the Lightning in a weekend home meet.