West Stokes men’s swim team finished first in a conference matchup against South Stokes and Forbush on Friday at the Stokes YMCA.
“Our swimmers are dropping time,” said West coach Chris Chunn. “Michael Madigan and Noah Wege dropped time off in their events. Our relays are getting more in sync and our best relay team made up of Quentin Teta, Omnie Grabs, Hunter Buffington and Jacob Johnson is very close to qualifying for regionals.”
West Stokes ladies were edged out by Forbush and came in second place.
“Forbush has a strong girls’ team and has a lot of returning swimmers from last season,” Chunn said.
West recognized their seniors on Friday: Emily Combs, Emma Shelton, Jenna Patton, Jaiden Powell, Dana Erickson, Mary Moore, Quentin Teta, Saruul Charlz, Hunter Buffington, Chris Boger, Noah Wege and Nick Wall.
“Our seniors carry a lot of skill. They’re great leaders and we’re very fortunate to have them. We want them to realize you have to work hard for what is given to you. Coach Erickson and myself try to instill that in our swimmers. We have high expectations from them,” Chunn said.
On Friday, Laura Pulliam finished first in the 100 back with a time of 1:14.58.
Allison Pridgen beat the team best in the 200 IM and Lily Teta competed in the women’s 500 yard freestyle for the first time.
“She gave it her all. We’re very proud of her,” Chunn said.
West Stokes men won with 83 points, Forbush had 24, and South Stokes 13. Forbush ladies won with 85 points, West came in second with 53, and South had 24.
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