Conley sweeps swim regional
The Daily Reflector
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Pitt County is set to send more than 25 swimmers to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state championships, led by a large contingent of D.H. Conley athletes who helped the Vikings win both the girls’ and boys’ divisions Saturday night at the 3-A Eastern Regional meet in Cary.
Conley dominated the meet, totaling 380 points in the boys’ standings and J.H. Rose took second place with 226. The DHC girls scored 373 for a 157-point margin of victory.
Several events saw Pitt County swimmers battle for medals, including the girls’ 50 freestyle with Svea Torres winning in 24.04 seconds and teammate Ruth McGee was second (25.25).
Conley’s Morgan Despres and Svea Torres each qualified for states in four events. Torres won the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke (1:06.33).
The Vikings were first in five of the six relays.
The other Pitt County regional winners: Trevor Torres, Conley, 100 breaststroke, 1:00.16, 50 free, 21.95; Despres, 100 freestyle, 53.59.
More 3-A state qualifiers included: Noelle DeVente, Rose, 200 free, 500 free; Conner Dennison, 200 free, 500 free, 2nd (4:56.47); Russell Exum, 200 free, 100 backstroke; Faith Koesters, Conley, 200 individual medley, 2nd (2:21.43), 100 free; Meredith Bullard, Conley, 200 IM; Corry Eason, Rose, 200 IM, 100 back; Kylie Gross, Conley, 200 IM; Andrew Landry, Conley, 200 IM, 2nd (2:05.85), 500 free; Garrett Despres, Conley, 200 IM, 3rd (2:07.32), 500 free, 3rd (4:59.55); Jack Hastings, Rose, 200 IM, 500 free; Lauren Hill, Conley, 50 free; Seth Tillery, Conley, 100 butterfly, 100 back; Toby Bryson, Conley, 100 fly; Ruth McGee, Conley, 100 free; Julia Kohake, Conley, 100 free; Sadler Smith, Rose, 100 free, 3rd (50.44), 100 back; Jacob Bell, Conley, 100 free; Riley Brown, Conley, 100 back, 3rd (57.88); Abigail Burns, Conley, 100 breaststroke, 500 free; Luke Leong, Rose, 100 breaststroke 3rd (1:06.88); Turner Cook, Conley, 100 breaststroke, 100 free; Eslam Maamoun, Rose, 100 breaststroke; Jacob Bell, Conley, 200 medley relay; Carina Becker, Rose, 200 medley relay; Faith Davenport, Rose, 200 medley relay; Emma Anderson, Rose, 400 free relay.
South Central’s Bethany Tart took sixth place in the 100 freestyle in the 4-A regional on Friday night to earn a trip to states.