Local swimmers qualify for state meet

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Local high shcools will be well represented at the NCHSAA 3A state championship swim meet in Cary today.

A pair of Tri-County swimmers finished in the top eight of their events at the Eastern Regionals this past weekend, qualifying them for the state meet. Triton’s Josiah Beasley, who won the Tri-County Male Swimmer of the Year award, placed second in the men’s 100-yard freestyle and fifth in the 200-yard freestyle. Harnett Central’s Matthew Rogers also qualified for state, finishing sixth in the boys’ 500-yard freestyle. Rogers also competed in the 200-yard freestyle and finished 12th.

South Johnston will also be represented at the state meet. Carter Hines qualified in the men’s 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard backstroke, placing sixth and eighth respectively.

Beasley will be seeded fourth in the 100-yard freestyle and eighth in the 200-yard freestyle, Rogers will be seeded 19th in the 500-yard freestyle and Hines will be seeded 22nd in the 200 individual medley and 24th in the 100-yard backstroke at the preliminary round this morning. The top 16 swimmers in each event will move on to finals later this afternoon.

All three schools had several other swimmers at the East Regional. Triton’s Scotty Temple, who won Tri-County Female Swimmer of the Year, finished 13th in both the women’s 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard freestyle. Central had three other swimmers competing in individual events. Ammon Jenkins finished 17th in the men’s 200-yard freestyle and 10th in the men’s 100-yard breast stroke. Will Jones finished 12th in the men’s 200-yard individual medley. Maggie McCormick finished 12th in the women’s 500-yard freestyle. South had three other swimmers as well. Everette Dodd finished 17th in the men’s 100-yard backstroke. Trey Penny finished 22nd in the men’s 100-yard butterfly. Carlye Durham finished 24th in the women’s 100-yard backstroke.

All three schools also had relay teams compete this past weekend. Triton finished 21st in the women’s 200-yard medley, 21st in the men’s 200-yard medley, 20th in the women’s 200-yard freestyle and 14th in the men’s 200-yard freestyle. Central finished 19th in the men’s 200-yard freestyle and 21st in the women’s 400-yard freestyle. South finished 13th in the women’s 200-yard medley, 10th in the men’s 200-yard medley, 19th in the women’s 200-yard freestyle, 14th in the men’s 200-yard freestyle (tied with Triton), 19th in the women’s 400-yard freestyle and 11the in the men’s 400-yard freestyle.

Overall, Triton finished tied for 23rd in the women’s standings and tied for 15th in the men’s. Central finished 25th in the women’s and 19th in the men’s. South Johnston finished tied for 26th in the women’s and 13th in the men’s.

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