Wildcat boys finish 2nd at conference swim meet
by Erik Spencer Hill
Both of Bishop McGuinness’ swim teams swept past West Stokes to clench the 1A/2A Conference titles last Saturday in a meet at Armfield Civic Center in Pilot Mountain.
Bishop’s boys team finished the meet with 200 points and the girls team finished with 138 points.
West Stokes’ boys swim team finished the day in second place with 98 points. The boys 400-yard freestyle relay team will be heading to regionals on Feb. 1. The girls swim team finished in fifth place with 88 points.
“Everyone did awesome,” Wildcats Coach Justin Plummer said. “A lot of people put in better than expected performances.”
The Wildcats grabbed top positions in several events.
Wildcat Sam Stevenson finished in first place in the 500-yard freestyle. Robbie Scoville finished in second place in the 100-yard fly stroke.
Both of West Stokes’ relay teams did well last Saturday. The 200-yard freestyle relay team comprised of Josh Zolnierowicz, Dylan Turner, Robbie Scoville and David Hughart finished second in the event. Zolnierowicz, Stevenson, Scoville and Hughart combined on the 400-yard freestyle relay for a second place finish.
“It’s been a good year,” Plummer said. “We’ve had a good, strong team.”
South Stokes’ swim swim season came to an end last Saturday. Neither of the school’s swim teams will be heading to regionals this year.
South Stokes’ boys swim team finished in sixth place with 21 points. The girls team finished in seventh place with eight points.
Sauras Coach Kent Mendenhall said that for a smaller team with very little swimming experience, he was pleased with the results.
“We did about like we thought we would,” he said. “All and all, I thought we did a pretty good job.”
Mendenhall said he had a great group of swimmers this year, all of whom worked hard from the start of the season until the end.
For Saura swimmers the season was far too short and the end of the road at the Armfield Civic Center was bittersweet.
“Everyone kind of hates to see the season end,” Mendenhall said.
Mendenhall said that this has been a year to “build on.” The Saura swim team has improved a lot over the season, he said.
“It’s been a very enjoyable season,” he said. “It was real positive.”
Both South and West Stokes have several swimmers under consideration for regionals, but the schools will not know who has been selected until next week.
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