CHARLOTTE — Swimmers from the North Piedmont Aquatic Club (PAC) brought home 43 medals in the 27th-annual Powerade State Games of North Carolina this past weekend.
The PAC earned 17 gold medals at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in the long-course format.
“As usual, the State Games provided an excellent opportunity for our kids to excel at our midseason check point. I’m looking forward to moving toward our season championships,” PAC coach Leah Tunstall said.
In the 11-12 year-old girls division, Julie Hicks took gold in the 50 meter backstroke and 200 freestyle while taking silver in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, and 200 individual medley. Hicks also finished with a bronze medal in the 100 butterfly.
Avery Tucker earned a gold medal in the 100 freestyle, 50 butterfly, 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, and 200 individual medley. Tucker took silver in the 50 and 100 backstroke while finishing with a bronze in the 50 breaststroke.
In the 13-14 year old girls division, Sydney Beck took bronze in the 100 backstroke with teammate, Anne Louise Tunstall capturing a bronze in the 200 breaststroke. Mikki Nunn earned a gold medal in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke along with bronze in the 100 butterfly, 200 individual medley, and 400 freestyle.
For the 15-16 year old women’s division, Ashley Hicks captured a silver medal in the 100 freestyle along with bronze medals in the 400 freestyle, 200 backstroke, and 200 individual medley.
Kelsey Tunstall took gold in the 200 individual medley along with silver in the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke, 100 butterfly, and 50 freestyle. Tunstall also collected a bronze in the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.
In the 15-18 year old women’s division, Katherine Martin took silver in the 200 breaststroke and bronze in the 100 butterfly.
In the 19-29 year old division for women, Chelsea Lawson earned gold in the 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, and 200 backstroke. Lawson, a rising senior at Campbell University, also captured a silver medal in the 200 individual medley.
In addition to the individual medalists, PAC had several team members with top 25 finishes during the two-day event including Abby Bruce, Carly Bullington, Olivia Marion and Hadly Tucker in the 11-12 year old girls division; Destini Hudson and Sarah Southard in the 13-14 year old girls division; and Kayla Simmons and Katelyn Southard in the 15-18 year old women’s division.
Sydney Beck, Julie Hicks, Mikki Nunn and Avery Tucker have qualified for the North Carolina Swimming 14 and Under Long Course Championships held at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary from July 17-20. In addition, Kelsey Tunstall has qualified for the North Carolina Senior Long Course Championships held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center from July 24-27.