New coach proud of swimmers
Published 9:04 am Thursday, December 2, 2021
Davie’s swim teams didn’t produce any first-place finishes in the opening meet of the season on Nov. 19, but new coach Lance White still loved what he saw.
The War Eagles had to persevere just to get ready for the season. Not only are they an extremely young team, they were without a coach a few weeks ago. Kelley Cundiff coached Davie last season. She resigned in late October.
Davie was understandably overwhelmed by West Forsyth at the Davie YMCA. But it didn’t take long for this team to steal White’s heart.
“Friday night was a great start to a shaky season all because of one reason – heart,” said White, who was named coach shortly before the season. “Any group of teens that keeps coming to practice not knowing if they would have a team because they didn’t have a coach spells commitment in my book. They are truly inspiring and with the excellent instruction they are receiving from volunteer coaches like Dr. (Takashi) Hirata and Chad Zuleger, this will be a competitive team for years to come.”
Two sophomores for the Davie boys, Aiden Davis and Earnhardt Harris, turned in the best performances in a three-team meet that included Parkland. Davis was second in the 200-yard freestyle at 2:07.51, and Harris was second in the 100 butterfly at 53.86.
Sophomore Bryce Harnsberger also competed for the boys. Swimming for the Davie girls were senior Katie Shupe; juniors Ava Rajacich and Amber McCullough; sophomores Sophia Brady, Logan White, Lillie Seats and Grace Butler; and freshmen Sarah Rajacich, Elliot Newsome and Annie Schmidt.
White gave high praise to team captain A. Rajacich.
“This is a super young team with three seniors that have hung on through the roller-coaster ride of changing coaches and COVID-19,” White said. “However, with leaders like Ava, these War Eagles have a super bright future. Ava has been the glue that bonds this team together through encouragement and an old-fashioned, blue-collar work ethic.”