Personal records falling as swimmers continue to impress

Published 2:37 pm Tuesday, January 2, 2024

By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

The Davie boys swim team, which won its first three meets, kept rolling at the Greensboro Aquatic Center on Dec. 21, even against brutal competition in the 12th-annual Robert Sawyer Invitational.

The Davie boys rolled up 189 points and took eighth out of 22 teams and were second among five Central Piedmont Conference rivals. CPC member Reagan captured first place with 462. The other CPC participants were Mt. Tabor (ninth at 167), West Forsyth (12th at 152), and Reynolds (16th at 48).

The Davie boys and girls posted 27 personal-best times and 19 season-best efforts.

“Another great meet with Davie records breaking,” coach Lance White said. “The team is just impressive. The boys have really put in a lot of hard work to get to that point, and having seniors like Aiden and Earnhardt a part of it just makes it more special. I am just glad to be around to witness such a great team.”

Assistant coach Tak Hirata added: “For the last few years, this meet has been considered our mid-season focus meet and have seen some incredibly fast swimming.  This year was no exception.”

  As expected, the top performer for Davie was Earnhardt Harris, who finished second out of 59 in the 100-yard backstroke at 52.82, a time that earned him a regional berth.

But Harris had plenty of help. Aiden Davis, Logan Zuleger, Zach Hirata and Harris finished third of 34 in the 200 medley relay and also broke the program record in that event at 1:41.11. (The old record was 1:43.44.)

Another school record fell in the 200 freestyle relay, where Bryce harnsberger, Hirata, Davis and Harris went 1:31.75 to finish fourth of 37. (The previous record was 1:33.64.)

Davie finished in the top 10 in seven events, including Davis’ fifth-out-of-59 showing in the 100 backstroke at 56.03. Hirata went 53.30 in the 100 butterfly to place fifth out of 56 and qualify for the regional. The freshman also earned an automatic regional berth in the 100 free at 49.64.

Hirata, Harnsberger, Zuleger and Harris were sixth of 33 in the 400 free relay at 3:32.93, and Davis was 10th of 77 in the 100 free at 52.08.

Harnsberger cracked the top 20 in two individual events – 17th of 77 in the 100 free at 55.46 and 18th of 86 in the 50 free at 23.87.

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The Davie girls squeezed into the top 20 in four events as they finished 18th as a team with 42 points.

Logan White was 13th of 70 in the 100 breaststroke at 1:16.72. Brady Sheek, White, Kayden Richardson and Sophia Brady were 14th of 34 in the 200 medley relay at 2:06.42. Sheek, Brady, Olivia Dufur and White were 14th of 37 in the 200 free relay at 1:54.78. Grace Butler, Marion Shelton, Brayden Brooks and Dufur were 18th of 32 in the 400 free relay at 4:38.68.