CARY — Four swimmers represented the North Piedmont Aquatic Club (PAC) this past weekend in the North Carolina 14-and-Under Age Group Long Course Championships held at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary. Sydney Beck, Julie Hicks, Mikki Nunn and Avery Tucker each obtained qualifying times to compete in the three day championship meet.
“After 20 plus years of coaching I am amazed that I can still be surprised by awesome performances,” PAC coach Leah Tunstall said. “This weekend consisted of some of the finest I have seen. It shows that determination, drive and hard work can combine together to achieve goals.”
Beck and Nunn competed in the 13-14 age division for PAC. Beck posted a time of 1:14.93 in the 100 meter backstroke to finish 54th while Nunn posted a time of 3:04.94 in the 13-14 age division of the 200 breaststroke to finish 30th overall.
Hicks and Tucker each competed in the 11-12 age division and combined to earn four medals with top eight finishes. Hicks earned a medal for a third place finish in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:35.43 while Tucker finished fourth overall in the 50 butterfly with a time of 30.55, fifth overall in the 50 backstroke with a time of 33.57, and seventh overall in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:24.22.
In addition, Tucker finished 10th in the 50 freestyle with a time of 29.49 while Hicks posted a time of 31.11 to finish 41st. In the 100 backstroke, Hicks finished 10th overall in with a time of 1:13.38 while Tucker took 11th with a time of 1:13.48. In the 200 individual medley, Tucker finished 11th overall with a time of 2:39.37 with Hicks finishing 24th with a time of 2:44.85.
In the 100 butterfly, Tucker finished 10th with a time of 1:11.38 while posting a 19th place finish in the 50 breaststroke with a time of 39.70.
Hicks finished 25th in both the 100 (1:06.13) and 200 freestyle (2:23.63) along with placing 26th in the 50 backstroke (35.69) and 30th in the 400 freestyle (5:08.54).
For the event, the North Piedmont Aquatic Club finished 25th overall out of the 46 participating teams with 74 total points. In addition, PAC ranked 18th in points within the women’s division.
“Though we are a small team, we can still make our mark with quality swimming,” Tunstall said. “I am extremely proud of our swimmers and look forward to the future.”