GREENSBORO – Nine members of the North Piedmont Aquatic Club (PAC) competed in the recent state championships, led by Mikki Nunn with a seventh-place finish.
Eight swimmers participated in the N.C. 14-And-Under Long-Course Championship at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, while East Surry’s Kesley Tunstall participated in the N.C. Senior Long-Course Championship at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte
Commonly referred to as the Junior Olympics, the long-course championships featured more than 80 of the best swimmers from across the state competing in multiple events.
With such strong competition, Nunn’s top-10 finish is more impressive. She finished seventh in the 11-12 200 meter breaststroke.
“It is such a great experience for the kids to get to compete against the best of the best in North Carolina,” said Leah Tunstall, coach for both the aquatic club and East Surry’s school team.
“Swimming is mostly an individual sport, but the relays add a lot of excitement for the kids. Placing high is a great honor when you consider the number of swimmers registered in North Carolina. A lot are not able to qualify for the meet.”
In the 10-and-under girls division, Hadly Tucker posted the second-highest finish among PAC swimmers, finishing 11th overall in the 50 meter breaststroke with a time of 44.82. Tucker also competed in the 100 meter breaststroke (26th place; 1:42.37), 50 meter backstroke (34th; 41.01), 100 meter backstroke (41st; 1:30.16), and 50 meter freestyle (54th; 37.87).
PAC’s Abby Bruce finished 45th in the 50 meter freestyle with a time of 35.67.
Bruce and Tucker joined Carly Bullington and Olivia Marion in the 10-and-under girls 200 meter freestyle relay, posting a time of 2:34.16 to finish 16th. The relay team also competed in the 200 meter medley relay finishing 17th with a time of 2:55.77.
In the 11-12 girls division, Nunn followed up her top-10 finish by making 21st in the 50 meter breaststroke with a time of 40.58, while teammate Avery Tucker finished 30th with a time of 41.53. In the 100 meter breaststroke, Nunn finished 14th (1:27.84) with Tucker finishing 33rd (1:31.09).
In the 50 meter butterfly, Tucker finished 38th with a time of 33.57. Julie Hicks notched a 32nd place finish in the 200 meter individual medley with a time of 2:47.97.
Tucker took 38th in the 50 meter freestyle with a time of 30.88 while Hicks finished 42nd in the 100 meter freestyle posting a time of 1:08.32. Hicks also competed in the 200 meter freestyle finishing 40th with a time of 2:28.13.
PAC’s Sydney Beck finished 20th in the 50 meter backstroke with a time of 35.15 while Hicks (36.38) and Tucker (36.67) finished 36th and 45th, respectfully. The trio of Hicks (26th; 1:17.36), Beck (33rd; 1:18.05) and Tucker (50th; 1:20.33) also competed in the 100 meter backstroke.
Beck, Hicks, Nunn and Tucker also showed well in the 11-12 girls relay events finishing 12th in the 400 meter medley relay with a time of 5:22.46. The team also competed in the 200 meter freestyle relay finishing 14th (2:07.58) and 400 meter freestyle relay finishing 13th (4:45.25)
In the girls 13-14 division, Julie Hicks’ older sister, Ashley, finished 66th in the 50 meter freestyle (30.10) and 64th in the 100 meter freestyle (1:05.43). Hicks also competed in the 100 meter backstroke (67th; 1:15.14), 200 meter backstroke (57th; 2:41.35), and 100 meter butterfly (67th; 1:15.56).
In the Senior Long Course Championship, Kelsey Tunstall competed in five events finishing 34th (2:33.78) in the 200 meter backstroke, 63rd (1:24.83) in the 100 meter breaststroke, 65th (1:11.05) in the 100 meter butterfly, 62nd (2:36.28) in the 200 meter individual medley, and 42nd (5:24.91) in the 400 meter individual medley.
“I am extremely pleased with the meet results,” added Tunstall. “The kids finished the season off well with mostly personal best times. That is always our goal. The future looks good from where I’m standing.”