Swim teams making progress

Published 2:36 pm Tuesday, December 12, 2023

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Davie swim coach Lance White could not be any happier. North Davidson traveled to the Davie YMCA on Dec. 6, and the War Eagles dominated.

The Davie girls claimed all 11 events for a 111-58 victory. The boys took 10 events and rolled 102-63.

Logan White (200 IM at 2:41.89, 100 breast at 1:17.86) and Brady Sheek (500 free at 6:44.14, 100 back at 1:11.69) led the way for the girls, winning two individual events apiece. Sophia Brady (200 free at 2:20.75), Sarah Rajacich (50 free at 28.11), Kayden Richardson (100 butterfly at 1:17.90), Lilli Seats (100 free at 1:06.92) had the other individual wins. Sweeping relays were Seats, White, Rajacich and Brady in the 200 medley relay at 2:09.65; Rajacich, Brady, Seats and White in the 200 free relay at 1:55.22; and Sheek, Samara McDaniel, Olivia Dufur and Addy Buchanan in the 400 free relay at 4:29.79.

“All of the coaches love to see the team growing and building each year,” White said. “And to think several years ago this team struggled to fill three lanes at practice; we’re close to 30 swimmers now.”

For the boys, Aiden Davis (200 IM at 2:14.59, 100 breast at 1:12.87), Earnhardt Harris (50 free at 22.82, 100 free at 50.44) and Zach Hirata (100 butterfly at 54.43, 100 back at 55.29) had two wins each individually, while Logan Zuleger (200 free at 2:16.56) and Ethan Diemer (500 free at 6:55.50) won one each.

Davis, Zuleger, Hirata and Harris won the 200 medley relay at 1:43.53, and Harris, Bryce Harnsberger, Zuleger and Hirata captured the 400 free relay at 3:39.98.

“I believe this year’s team is deeper talent-wise with our larger roster, and the newbies continue to push our upperclassmen,” White said. “After all, competitiveness should not only exist in the upcoming meet or the next team you face, it should exist as you build on fundamentals and practice between those meets. In any sport or game, you are making yourself better or the team stronger if you practice at high levels. In the pool or in school, we expect our swimmers to be respectful and work hard. I believe coaching high schoolers is an extension of the classroom and just that old saying: ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ As coaches, we are extremely proud of their success thus far, but we are more proud of how they conduct themselves in and out the pool.”