Pirates roll up the wins in conference swim meet
Corinth Holders swimmers won 20 of 22 events as the Pirate boys and girls teams won their second straight Two Rivers 3A Conference meets of the season Thursday at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center.
Cleveland’s Dalton Langston had the other two individual wins in the meet. He won the 50-yard freestyle in 24.68 seconds and the 100 free in 52.51.
South Johnston’s boys were second in the team standings, while Cleveland girls took second in their meet.
Ashley Heinemann and Stephanie Grandin won two individual events for the Pirate girls. Heinemann took the individual medley and the 100 free wins, while Grandin won the butterfly and the breaststroke.
Alyssa Stevens (200 free), Skylar Potts (50 free), Amanda Knickerbocker (500) and Michaela Carter (backstroke) also won for the Pirates.
Corinth Holders took all three girls relays with Carter, Grandin, Potts and Heinemann on the 200 medley relay team in 1:48.88 and on the 200 free relay in 1:48.88. Meg Raynor, Knickerbocker, Gabby Terrill and Alyssa Stevens won the 400 relay (4:46.78).
Cleveland’s 200 medley relay and 200 free relay teams finished second in the meet, while the Rams’ Brianna Traynor was second in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. Kaylee Davis was the runner-up in the breaststroke.
Amanda Smith and Rachel Quinn both picked up a pair of third place finishes for Cleveland.
Smithfield-Selma’s 400 freestyle relay team finished second with Kaitlyn Dacey, Haley Talton, Kara Harrison and Kate Davis. Dacey was third individually in the medley.
Princeton’s Alexis Juarez also swam in the meet. She was ninth in the 100 free.
On the boys’ side, Connor Blandford, Chris Carter, Neal Quinn and Bryce Sherrill combined to win the medley and 400 free relays for the Pirates. Eric Svadeba, Jacob Stokes, Maverick Pellegrino and Bailey Blackwell swam on the winning 400 relay team.
Double individual wins went to Quinn in the individual medley and the 500 and Blandford in the butterfly and the backstroke. Sherrill (200 free) and Chris Carter (breaststroke) also picked up wins for Corinth Holders.
Cleveland’s boys were second in the medley relay and the 400 free relays, while Ram standout Patrick Martin took third in the individual medley and fourth in the 100 free.
South Johnston picked up two top three finishes from Garrison McLeod (breaststroke, 2nd and 200 free, 3rd) and a third place finish from Dennis Dinwiddle in the butterfly.
Jake Craddock of Smithfield-Selma was the runner-up in the backstroke and the 500.
Neuse Charter boys start 5-0
Neuse Charter beat Durham Kestrel Heights in boys basketball 58-49 on Dec. 4. The Cougars moved to 5-0 on the season with the victory. Jimmie Sanders III led NCS with 18 points in the win.
The Kestrel Heights roster includes Asa Clark, one of the top players in the area.
It really challenged us defensively to come up and execute against such a talented player, said NCS coach Jimmie Sanders Jr.
Sophomore Darrius Stevens and senior Darrin Robinson led the Crusaders defensive effort.