West Stokes and South Stokes faced off last Friday in a swim meet at the Stokes Family YMCA.
Both of West Stokes’ swim teams took home a win for the evening. The men’s team beat the Sauras 103-51 and the women’s team won 132-19.
Because North Surry did not show up for the meet, the win appears a bit lopsided, Wildcats Coach Marie Plummer said.
The meet last week was the last tuneup before the conference meet this Friday at Armfield Civic Center in Pilot Mountain.
“It was a great meet,” Plummer said. “Our swimmers dropped time.”
Recently, West Stokes’ men’s 400-yard relay team qualified for the regional meet.
In the meet last Friday, Wildcat David Hughart broke the minute-barrier on the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 59.5 seconds.
Plummer believes that if Hughart can shave off a few seconds at the conference meet, he will likely qualify for the regional meet, as well.
For Hughart, shaving off the seconds might mean shaving off his signature beard, a move that Plummer has encouraged him to do ahead of the conference meet.
Hughart also took first place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 27 seconds.
West Stokes took home top place finishes in several other categories last Friday.
The Wildcat women’s team grabbed first place in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of two minutes and 30 seconds. The women’s team followed up with a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of two minutes and 11 seconds.
Sarah Childers got a first place finish in the women’s 200-yard freestyle with a time of two minutes and 54 seconds.
Wildcat Robbie Scoville won first place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of two minutes and 17 seconds. Scoville followed it up with a win in the 100-yard butterfly stroke with a time of one minute and 11 seconds.
South Stokes was the underdog for the evening, but the small swim team still managed to get some top-place positions.
The Saura men’s swim team finished in first place in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of two minutes and 25 seconds.
Later in the evening, Emmanuel Hartman grabbed a first place finish in the men’s 100-yard backstroke.
Two Sauras swimmers had top place finishes in the men’s 100-yard breaststroke, as well. Michael Weng came in first place with a time of one minute and 25 seconds. Daniel Milliken came in second place with a time of one minute and 27 seconds.
Sauras Coach Kent Mendenhall said that because his team is small and can’t always make it to the pool throughout the year, it is tough to compete against well-established programs like West Stokes.
“We don’t have any year-round swimmers,” he said. “That makes it tough to compete.”
While the Sauras did not come away with the win for the evening, Mendenhall said he was impressed with his team’s effort.
“All of the kids have improved,” he said. “That’s the goal.”
Coach Plummer said that her team has been working hard to prepare for the conference meet on Friday. She said that she wished she had more time to prepare her swimmers for the meet, but she said it is their time to shine.
“They’re fired up,” she said. “I have a lot of seniors and this is their last shot. It’s all about how bad they want it. It comes down to heart.”