GREENSBORO — The North Piedmont Aquatic Club (PAC) picked up six medals recently at the state Junior Olympic swimming championships in both Greensboro and Cary.
The PAC participated in both the North Carolina 14 and Under Age Group Championship and the North Carolina Senior Age Group Championships.
Avery and Hadly Tucker, the daughters of Surry Community College athletic director Mark Tucker, picked up three medals each for finishing in the top eight in the state.
Julie Hicks and Mikki Nunn also competed in the 14U categories, which were held in the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Meanwhile Kelsey Tunstall and Ashley Hicks competed at the high-school level at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary.
In the 14U championship, the four junior swimmers finished 21st in the girls’ standings and 28th overall with 47 teams.
“PAC was well represented this weekend,” said Coach Leah Tunstall. “We had very few kids scoring a lot of points and dropping time. To finish in the top 25 on the girls’ side with only four swimmers is quite an accomplishment.”
Hadly Tucker earned her three medals in the 10-and-under girl’s division, which featured more than 80 qualifiers.
Hadly had the PAC’s best finish, placing third in the 50 yard breaststroke with a time of 37.82. She also came in sixth in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:24.30) and eighth in the 100 yard individual medley (1:13.67).
In addition, the younger Tucker finished 10th in the 50 yard backstroke (34.43), 13th in the 50 yard freestyle (30.30), 11th in the 100 yard backstroke (1:14.76), 20th in the 50 yard butterfly (33.92), and 20th in the 200 yard individual medley (2:45.85). Tucker also qualified and competed in the 100 yard freestyle event.
Avery Tucker earned her three medals in the 11-12 age group that had 85 competitors.
Avery Tucker captured medals with a sixth place finish in the 50 yard butterfly (27.77), sixth place in the 100 yard individual medley (1:05.02), and eighth place in the 50 yard breaststroke (33.78).
Additionally, Tucker finished 18th in the 100 yard butterfly (1:05.33) while Julie Hicks finished 19th in the 100 yard backstroke (1:06.31). Tucker also qualified and swam the 50 yard backstroke, 50 yard freestyle, 100 yard freestyle, 100 yard breaststroke, and 200 yard individual medley.
Julie Hicks competed in the 50 yard backstroke, 50 yard freestyle, 100 yard freestyle, 200 yard freestyle, 500 yard freestyle, 100 yard individual medley, and 200 yard individual medley.
Nunn competed in the 200 yard breaststroke in the 13-14 year old division finishing with a time of 2:40.67.
Kelsey Tunstall and Ashley Hicks were part of more than 130 swimmers in the Senior Championships.
Tunstall turned in two top-20 finishes. She was 15th in the 200 yard backstroke, with a time of 2:09.08, and 17th in the 400 yard individual medley at 4:38.86.
Tunstall also qualified and completed in the 100 yard butterfly, 200 yard butterfly, and 100 yard backstroke while Hicks represented PAC in the 50 yard freestyle, 100 yard backstroke, and 200 yard backstroke.
“I’m very proud of these girls and the way they competed,” said Coach Tunstall. “It is difficult just to qualify for the meet, let alone turn in best times on this stage. Both of these competitors are coming off of the high school season which just wrapped up a few weeks ago. They have been asked to do a lot in just a few short weeks.”
Julie Hicks, Avery Tucker and Hadly Tucker have all qualified and will represent PAC in the Eastern Section of the Southern Zone Age Group Championships held March 20-23 at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Ga.
Kelsey Tunstall will represent PAC at the Eastern Section of the Southern Zone Senior Sectional meet to be held March 14-16 at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte.