ROCKY MOUNT – The Viking boys and girls swim teams from Tarboro High School participated in their first meet of the year last Tuesday. The meet was held at the Harrison Family YMCA in Rocky Mount and featured nine teams from around the area. From the Eastern Plains 2A Conference, along with Tarboro, was Southwest Edgecombe and Wilson Beddingfield. From the Big 6 3A Conference were Rocky Mount, Nash Central, Northern Nash, Southern Nash, Wilson Hunt and Wilson Fike.
In the girls competition, the 200-yard medley relay team of Kaylyn Norville (backstroke), Anna Johnson (breaststroke), Chandler Harris (butterfly) and Victoria Modlin (freestyle) captured first place. These young ladies also placed first in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Individually for the girls, Chandler Harris finished first in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke, Anna Johnson placed first in the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke, Kaylyn Norville took third place in the 200-yard individual relay and second in the 100-yard breaststroke and Victoria Modlin finished second in both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events. As a team the girls finished second overall for the event.
The boys 200-yard medley relay team of Evan Vercoe (backstroke), David McIntyre (breaststroke), Cameron Anderson (butterfly) and Alex King (freestyle) placed second. They also finished second in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Individually for the boys, Cameron Anderson captured first place in the 200-yard individual relay and the 100-yard freestyle and Evan Vercoe placed third in the 100-yard backstroke. Overall, the boys place third in the competition.
Swimmers that have automatically qualified for regionals are the girls 200-yard medley relay team and 200-yard freestyle relay team, Chandler Harris (100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke), Anna Johnson (100-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke), Victoria Modlin (100-yard freestyle and 50-yard freestyle) and Cameron Anderson (200-yard individual medley and 100-yard freestyle).
Those swimmers that earned consideration times for the regionals are Kaylyn Norville (200-yard individual medley and 100-yard backstroke), Rachel Tanhauser (50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke), Katie King (100-yard breaststroke), the boys 200-yard medley relay team, David McIntyre (50-yard freestyle), Alex King (100-yard butterfly) and Evan Vercoe (100-yard backstroke).
Tarboro's swimmers will be back in the water this Thursday as they once again compete at Rocky Mount's Harrison Family YMCA in the Big 6 3A/Eastern Plains 2A meet, with the first event scheduled to start at 4 p.m.