Boys swim team knocks off West Forsyth

Published 1:58 pm Tuesday, January 9, 2024

If you didn’t believe in the Davie boys swim team’s ability to contend in the Central Piedmont Conference before the road meet on Jan. 5, maybe now is the time to start. The Davie boys knocked off West Forsyth, 120-118, by capturing eight of 11 events. Reynolds was third at 66.

“It has been a long, long time since a boys or girls team has beaten West,” coach Lance White said. “This meet was a statement.”

Earnhardt Harris and Zach Hirata were the centerpieces with two individual wins and two relay victories each. Harris won the 50 free (22.88) and the 100 butterfly (53.37), while Hirata won the 200 free (1:52.53) and the 100 backstroke (1:00.17).

Aiden Davis (200 IM at 2:12.65) and Colin O’Donnell (100 breaststroke at 1:15.26) helped the cause with first-place times. The winning relays: Davis, Logan Zuleger, Hirata and Harris in the 200 medley relay at 1:47, and Harris, Davis, Bryce Harnsberger and Hirata in the 400 free relay at 3:30.54.

“No, we didn’t win the war, but we won some battles and Davie swimming continues to improve,” White said. “This team has lots of talent, and when you combine that with the swim whisperers of coach Chad (Zuleger) and coach (Tak) Hirata, you have a winning formula.”

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On the girls’ side, West Forsyth triumphed with 131 points, followed by Reynolds with 110 and Davie with 66.

Davie’s top performance was second place in the 200 free relay. That foursome was Sarah Rajacich, Sophia Brady, Brady Sheek and Logan White.

Davie notched a pair of third places: Lilli Seats in the 200 IM and Sheek, White, Rajacich and Brady in the 200 medley relay.