Swim teams win first meet in years
Published 10:29 pm Wednesday, December 28, 2022
By Brian Pitts
It was heartening to see Davie’s up-and-coming swim teams capture a three-team meet on Dec. 16. Nobody could have envisioned that in 2021-22.
“Two words – Davie wins,” second-year coach Lance White said. “Great meet and exciting first win of the season and first win in several years. Last year we didn’t even know if we would have a season, and now we are sharing our first win. Davie swim is back and the future looks bright.”
The Davie girls and boys both finished in the top two in 13 events. The boys scored 202 points to Oak Grove’s 197 and Glenn’s 50. The Lady War Eagles triumphed with 191, followed by Oak Grove with 84 and Glenn with 33.
It was a ho-hum performance by Earnhardt Harris, a gifted junior who was a part of four wins. Individually, he won the 200 free at 1:59.95 and the 100 back at 1:00.97.
“He’s a phenomenal, incredibly self-driven young man and knows how to set his goals and work for them,” assistant coach Tak Hirata said.
The other individual winners for the boys were Logan Zuleger (100 breast), Austin Boswell (200 IM at 2:39.43), Aiden Davis (100 butterfly at 1:05.75), Bryce Harnsberger (100 free at 58.31) and Colin O’Donell (500 free at 6:42.55).
The boys took two relays. Harris, Zuleger, Davis and Harnsberger went 1:40.90 in the 200 free relay, and the same foursome went 1:55.50 in the 200 medley relay.
For the Davie girls, no one was better than sophomore Elliot Newsome, who won the 200 IM at 2:40.25, the 100 butterfly at 1:11.19 and helped a relay team to victory. Amber McCullough, Logan White and Sarah Rajacich joined Newsome on the 200 medley relay as they turned in a time of 2:08.07.
Rounding out the victories for the Davie girls were McCullough (100 back at 1:14.64) and White (100 breast at 1:16.64).
The Davie boys finished second in four events: Davis (50 free), Zuleger (100 butterfly), Boswell (100 back) and Hayden Key, Wesley Brooks, O’Donell and Boswell in the 400 free relay.
Finishing second for the Davie girls were White (200 free), McCullough (butterfly), Sophia Brady (100 free), Riley McNeil (500 free), Lilli Seats (100 back) and Katy Cheek (100 breast). Kate Sakai, Cheek, McNeil and Brayden Brooks earned second in the 200 medley relay, and Brady, Sakai, McCullough and Cheek grabbed runner-up in the 400 free relay.