No gold, but Schumacher wins two medalsSenior wins silver, resets her school record in 200 IM, captures bronze in 500 freestyle — Tuscola High girls 11th overall
CARY — Chapel Hill’s Claire DeSelm reached out and touched in a split second ahead of Tuscola senior London Schumacher in the 200 IM finals of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3-A Swimming and Diving Championships at the Triangle Aquatic Center Saturday night.
It took DeSelm’s best time to win the gold medal, while Schumacher settled for the silver medal despite setting a school record in the 200 IM with a time of 2:05.90.
“I’m really happy,” said Schumacher. “It was my first state individual medal. I also had my personal-best time and crushed my old school record in the 200 IM. I know at the end of the day, I did my best. Once the state meet was over with, it became a bittersweet moment. I realized it was my last swim for Tuscola High School. I love my teammates and Coach Bachelor. But I also realized I’m blessed to be moving on to bigger and better things in the next chapters of my life.”
Schumacher, who will swim at Gardner-Webb University beginning in the fall, picked up a second medal when she earned a bronze after finishing third in the 500 free.
“Nice ending to another good season,” said Tuscola Head Coach Robin Batchelor. “London swam personal best times in both events which is a great indicator of her potential and value to Gardner-Webb University.”
The Tuscola girls finished 11th overall with 68 points and the boys were 34th with seven points.
Swimming in her final swim meet for the Mountaineers, freshman Kiana Schumacher was eighth in the 100 back. Her family will be moving to Vicksburg, Mississippi in June.
In other individual events for the Tuscola boys, sophomore Jack MacDonald was 11th in the 50 free, 16th in the 100 free, while junior Mason Calhoun was 19th in the 100 back and 20th in the 200 IM.
“Jack did a great job placing where he did,” said Batchelor. “All swimmers recorded best times of the season in at least one event and represented Tuscola well.
The Tuscola girls’ “sister 400 free relay” team of Kiana and London Schumacher, Annie and Vanessa Ly were 11th, while its 200 medley relay team (London Schumacher, Annie Ly, Kiana Schumacher, Chloe Zacher) also finished 11th.
The Tuscola boys’ 400 free relay team of Stefan Emsheimer, Crayton Morrow, MacDonald and Calhoun was 24th.
Chapel Hill held on to win the boys’ team championship and broke the consecutive state title streak of Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons, which finsihjed second overall, at six. Marvin Ridge was third.
However, West Regional champion Marvin Ridge rolled to victory in the girls’ meet, 76 points better than runner-up Chapel Hill. Third place went to Cardinal Gibbons (244)..
DeSelm, who edged Schumacher for the gold medal in the 200 IM, was named the most outstanding girls swimmer after winning two individual gold medals and a third in a relay event.