West Stokes swimmers Noah Waege, Omni Grabs, Laura Pulliam, Hunter Buffington, and Jacob Johnson set personal best records at the NCHSAA 1-A/2-A state swimming championship on Saturday morning at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary. Pulliam competed in the 500-yard freestyle and finished with a time of 6:03.61.
“Laura’s worked hard this season. Her times dropped in the last couple of weeks. She swims her best every time she swims and that’s all we can ask for. She comes to practice motivated and ready to reach her goals,” said Wildcats coach Chris Chunn.
The 200 relay team place 17th in the state with a time of 1:38.77. The group managed to drop time from the regional meet a week earlier.
“Our 200 team trained hard and worked well together. Since the beginning of the season they were faced with a lot of competition. They swam their best in meets and worked hard in practices,” Chunn said.
The coach said each athlete had to stay focused throughout the season to make it to the state level.
“Several of these swimmers swim year-round and are very acclimated to the sport. Our swimmers are faced with a lot of competition in the conference and they’re focused on their goals,” he said.
As seniors, Waege and Buffington helped lead the Wildcats to a conference win prior to the state meet.
“They brought a lot to our team this season. They brought leadership to the team as more of our seasoned swimmers and taught our newer swimmers the fundamentals of the sport,” Chunn said.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.