West Stokes boys team outswam and outscored North Surry, Forbush, Surry Central, and South Stokes to take home the Western Piedmont Conference title at the Armfield Center in Pilot Mountain on Wednesday.
West Stokes ladies finished runners-up behind Forbush.
“The guys and girls swam great. They put in a great effort and worked hard throughout the season to prepare for conference,” said Wildcats coach Chris Chunn.
Leading the way for West was Jacob Johnson who won the 200 yard free with a time of 2:22.36 and the 100 yard freestyle. Hunter Buffington finished first in the men’s 50 yard freestyle (25.57) and second in the 100 freestyle (59.38).
Wests’ 400 freestyle ‘A’ relay team made up of Buffington, Omnie Grabs, Michael Madigan and Johnson won with a time of 4:02.23.
Chunn said throughout the season his swimmers made improvements with several setting new personal best records.
“Coach Erikson and I are very proud of them all,” he added.
For the ladies, Bethany Memola swam the 100 yard freestyle finishing in second place with a time of 1:05.60. Laura Pulliam also came in second in the 500 yard freestyle (6:14.91) and the 100 yard backstroke (1:14.34.).
“This year our seniors worked hard and set the bar high for our underclassman. They brought a lot of maturity to the team and proved they can defeat any challenge that was handed to them through hard work and perseverance,” the coach said.
Regionals are set for Friday, Feb. 5 beginning at 3 p.m. at Huntersville Aquatic Center. West Stokes automatic qualifiers from the men’s 200 and 400 freestyle relay are: Noah Wege, Grabs, Johnson and Buffington. The 400 Free Relay consist of: Madigan, Buffington, Grabs and Johnson. The 200 free women’s relay is made up of: Memola, Emma Shelton, Allison Pridgen and Pulliam.
“Right now we’ve submitted times for regionals and we’re waiting to hear back from the regional director to see who else made it in,” Chunn said.
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