TARBORO — Nine Viking swimmers advance to state meet
By VAN HOLLAND
Tarboro Vikings swim coach Michelle Harris knew going into the 1-A/2-A Eastern Regional meet Monday that all nine of her swimmers had a chance of advancing to the NCHSAA state meet. She said her swimmers pushed themselves more out of the water this year than in year's past, which was a reflection of Monday's success.
All nine swimmers advanced in at least one event and will compete in Cary for a state title Thursday. The team finished ninth overall in the regionals with 79 points. N.C. Science and Math were winners at the regionals with 477 total points.
"I'm always impressed with my swimmers, whether it is during the regular season, qualifying for regionals or advancing to the states," Harris said. "It's a sport that takes a lot out of you physically and mentally. Times going into this meet put them in position to race with those that could push them beyond what is normal and the results were just that."
Cameron Anderson is coming off a phenomenal season where he won two state championships last year in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle.
In the regionals Monday, Anderson was right there at the top of the pack again and qualified for the state meet, but didn't finish first in either individual event. In the 50-yard freestyle, he finished second with a final time of 22.19, which was .37 seconds behind Goldsboro's Zach Darden. Tarboro's Matthew Thompson finished 13th in the event and David McIntyre finished 18th.
In the 100-yard freestyle event, Anderson finished third. His final time was 48.23 and .98 seconds behind the winner, Will Macmillan. Thompson finished 21st and McIntyre was 23rd.
"Cameron has worked hard preparing physically, mentally and emotionally, no matter what the results, he is a champion," Harris said. "He has a strong chance of returning with another state championship."
Anderson, Thompson, McIntyre and Dawson Harris also earned a spot in the state meet with a 10th place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. They recorded a time of 1:53.94.
In the girl's events, Kaylyn Norville had the best finish for the Vikings in individual events. She finished third with a time of 2:24.80 in the 200-yard individual medley, which was 10 seconds better than her qualifying time. She finished sixth (1:14.28) in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Victoria Modlin earned a spot in two state final events Thursday. She finished 10th in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events. Her 50-yard time was 27.25 and her 100-yard time was 1:01.71. Anna Johnson swam in the 100-yard freestyle and finished 13th with a time of 1:02.05.
Tarboro girl's 200-yard medley relay team (Norville, Modlin, Johnson and Rachel Tanhauser) and the 200-yard freestyle relay team (Norville, Modlin, Johnson and Chandler Harrell) qualified for the state meet. The 200-yard medley relay finished seventh with a time of 2:10.09 and the 200-yard freestyle relay finished sixth with a time of 1:52.37.
"I am proud of my relays for qualifying for the state," Harris said. "Although I know they could have finished a higher seed, the outcome still pleased me. Especially considering the fact that they haven't been in the water for almost two weeks."