A Tuscola Gold RushEleven Mountaineers competing at the NCHSAA 3-A Swimming & Diving Championships today
The Tuscola High School swim team is in attack mode. Tuscola has 11 athletes competing at the State 3A High School Swimming and Diving Championships today at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary.
Two-time state gold medalist Katy Stringfield, senior Hannah McLeod, along with recent returnee, London Schumacher, lead the Mountaineers into today’s battle with high hopes. All three swimmers will compete in two individual events, as well as two relays.
Stringfield, who is competing in her final meet as a Mountaineer, will defend her state title in the 500-yard freestyle. She won the event last weekend at the Regional Meet, as well as finishing 2nd in the 200-yard freestyle. Schumacher, who is a junior, will be looking for her first title as a Mountaineer. She placed second in the 200-yard individual medley and third in the 100-yard breaststroke at the regional meet. She will be looking to improve on those performances today. Both Stringfield and Schumacher are also members of the 200-yard medley and the 200-yard freestyle relay team.
McLeod hits the water in her two individual events, the 100-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard butterfly, as well as joining Stringfield and Schumacher as a member of the two relays. Vanessa Ly is the only other swimmer on the women’s side who will be competing in an individual event, the 500-yard freestyle, as well as being a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay. Ly’s younger sister, Annie is swimming the 400-yard freestyle relay, as well as the 200-yard medley relay. Erin Peterson, Chloe Zacher and Cora Dodson round out the women’s team, with Peterson a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay, and Zacher the final member of the 200-yard freestyle relay. Dodson is the alternate for the relays.
On the men’s side, senior Collin Purrman, who finished fifth in the 100-yard backstroke and sixth in the 200-yard freestyle at the Regional competition, will be looking to finish stronger today. Joining Purrman with individual events are Jack MacDonald, who finished eighth in the 100-yard freestyle and Mason Calhoun, who punched his ticket in the 100-yard backstroke, with a 12th-place finish. These three men, along with Steffan Emsheimer, will also swim the 400-yard freestyle relay. Liam McLeod is the alternate for the relay.
Full results and pictures from the meet will be in next week’s Mountaineer. Live race results can be found at http://triangleaquatics.org/Events/EventResults.