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Published Tue, Feb 05, 2013 03:14 PM
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Pirates lead area swimming qualifiers

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Corinth Holders will send 14 individual swimmers and five relay teams to the 1A/2A state championships after a regional performance filled with season’s best times.

The top 12 finishers in each event at the eastern regional moved onto Saturday’s state championships at the Triangle Aquatics Center in Cary.

Corinth Holders was third in the boys team scoring and sixth among girls teams.

The Pirates earned bronze in the 200 medley boys relay race with Connor Blandford, Chris Carter, Nolan Hopkins and Cody Beamer swimming a 1:49.68.

The 200 free boys relay team finished eighth with Bryce Sherrill, Brach Gordon, Dalton Beamer and Bailey Blackwell knocking almost four seconds off of their season’s best time (1:37.72).

The 400 free relay cut nearly five seconds off of its best time. Beamer, Nolan Hopkins, Neal Quinn and Connor Blandford were fourth in 3:37.32.

Connor Blandford finished third in the individual medley in 2:04.17.

Nolan Hopkins had a pair of top-five finishes, swimming 56.91 for fourth in the butterfly and a 5:14.78 in the 500.

The Pirates had multiple qualifiers in the boys backstroke and breaststroke. Cody Blandford was the regional runner-up in the backstroke in 56.02 seconds, while teammate Elliot Hunt placed 10th. Cody Beamer (ninth) and Chris Carter (10th) both qualified in the boys breaststroke.

Eric Svabeda (11th in 2:04.07) and Elliot Hunt (12th in 2:05.09) both slipped into the state championships in the 200 free.

Michaela Carter picked up two silver medals in individual girls swims. She finished the 50 free in 24.9 seconds and went 54.51 in the 100 free.

Stephanie Grandin was fifth in the 200 individual medley in 2:24.04, besting her season’s top time by more than four seconds. She also finished eighth in the breaststroke, cutting four seconds to clock in at 1:14.83.

Amanda Knickerbocker was 10th in the backstroke in a season’s best 1:10.37.

Corinth Holders’ medley relay placed fifth in the regional at 2:03.32. Knickerbocker, Grandin, Michaela Carter and Lauren Bunting made up the Pirates’ quartet in the race. The Pirates’ 400 free relay team was fifth as well (4:02.78), a more than six second improvement in time for Bunting, Knickerbocker, Grandin and Michaela Carter.

4A Regionals: Clayton freshman Dominique Quintero had a pair of top five finishes at the 4A eastern swimming regionals Saturday at the Triangle Aquatics Center in Cary. Quintero was fifth in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.8 seconds and in the 100 free at 53.69 seconds. Only the top eight finishers in each 4A regional event moved onto the state championships.

The girls 20 medley relay teams from Clayton (16th) and Garner (19th) finished in the top-20, as did both the Comet (15th) and Trojan (17th) boys medley squads.

3A Regionals: Cleveland’s March Petzinger qualified for the 100 freestyle state championship with her 12th place finish at the 3A regionals on Saturday night in Cary. She posted a season’s best time of 1:00.15 in the event.

Petzinger just missed out on a spot in the 50 free, finishing 13th (27.43). The top 12 finishers in each event in the 3A regional moved onto the state finals.

The Rams’ 200 free relay girls team finished 15th. Patrick Martin was 14th in the boys butterfly.

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