It would be hard to put together a more impressive first night than the Clayton swimming teams did in their first Greater Neuse River 4A Conference swim meet of the season on Tuesday night. Clayton swimmers or relay teams won 22 of the 24 events and coasted to a pair of easy girls and boys wins.
The Comet girls totaled 226 points in the meet, placing first and second in nine different events.
Clayton teams were first and second in the 200-yard medley relay, the 200 free relay and the 400 free relay.
Katie Simpson, Dominique Quintero, Meribeth Lamberth and Katherine Boumenot won the 200 medley in 2:04.96. Kim Russell, Logan Boykin, Gabrielle Trasti and Analesse Theys grabbed second.
In the 200 free relay, Boumenont, Russell, Simpson and Quintero won (1:54.54), while Lamberth, Logan Boykin, Chelsey Neptune and Gina Joy were the runners up. The 400 free relay win went to the Comets’ Neptune, Boumenot, Quintero and Joy at 4:22.5.
Kaelin Amaya, Theys, Boykin and Lamberth took second.
Joy (2:11.6) and Neptune were 1-2 for Clayton in the 200 free, while Quintero (2:20.12) and Theys did the same in the 200 individual medley. Simpson won the 50 free (27.17, ahead of teammate Boumenot took second.
Lamberth (1:13.54) and Gabrielle Trasti went 1-2 in the 100 butterfly. Neptune won the 100 free in 1:06.57 and teammate Russell was second.
Joy also won the 500 free in 5:46.88.
Simpson led the way in the backstroke in 1:08.25 and Theys was the runner-up. Trasti won the breaststroke (1:25.9).
West Johnston’s girls finished second with 92 points. Kendall Nelms was the runner-up in the 500 free at 6:45.62. She also took third in the 200 free.
Mycheala Brown was third for the Wildcats in the 50 free and the 100 free, as was Faith Turner in the butterfly.
Smithfield-Selma totaled 78 points, 16 ahead of Harnett Central. Kara Harrison was third in the 500 free for SSS. Leah Isenour took fourth in the 200 free, same as the Spartans’ Kaitlynn Dacy in the 200 IM. Holly Rabil was fourth in the 100 free.
Clayton’s boys got a battle from West Johnston but prevailed 218-164. Harnett Central took third (80) and SSS was fourth (32).
The Comets won all three boys relays with Alex Duff, Johann Quintero, Brett Bailey and Paul Frantz winning the 200 medley relay in 1:56.91, then Bailey, Drew Boumenot, Anthony Lydic and Miles Usrey in the 200 free at 1:45.62 and Quintero, Usrey, Duff and Bailey taking the 400 free relay in 3:57.86.
Quintero and Duff had two individual wins each as well. Quintero in the 200 free (2:09.7) and breaststroke (1:11.73), while Duff won the 200 individual medley (2:23.73) and the 500 (6:11.36).
Bailey won the 50 free (23.75) as well, while Usrey took the 100 free (1:00.73).
Jake Craddock of Smithfield-Selma won two individual boys races that the Comets didn’t. He took the 100 butterfly in 1:08.4, four seconds ahead of the runner up, Clayton’s Frantz. Craddock also won the backstroke in 1:08.33.
West Johnston teams finished second in the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay. Wildcat swimmers were the individual runner up in the 200 free (David Manross), 200 IM (Dakota Stephens), 500 (Manross), 100 backstroke (Stephens), and 100 breaststroke (Jarrett Spann).