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Column: Two Knights advance to state swimming, diving meets

February 7, 2014 

Knightdale senior swimmer Patrick Capps qualified for Friday’s NCHSAA 4A state swimming championships with his showing in the eastern regional meet on Feb. 1.

Capps finished in a tie for seventh in the boys’ 100-yard butterfly in 53:39. The top eight finishers in each event made the state championship field.

Clayton sophomore swimmer Dominique Quintero was the only other swimmer from the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference to qualify for the state meet, which was held at Cary’s Triangle Aquatics Center.

Knightdale sophomore Brenna Hardy was the only Greater Neuse diver to qualify for the state diving meet, which was held Thursday. Hardy placed sixth in the regional event on Jan. 31 with a 1-meter dive that earned a score of 248.9.

Others competing for Knightdale in the regional were the girls 200-yard medley relay team of Leah Yuhas, McKenna Foster, Hardy and Kristin Olson (24th, in 2:18.06) and the boys 200-yard medley relay team of Capps, Jordan Nichols, Robert McCue and Logan Anderson (14th, in 1:45.99).

McCue took 23rd in the 200-yard freestyle (1:57.39) and Nichols placed 16th in the 200-yard individual medley (2:14.87). Olson was 24th in the 50-yard freestyle (27.75) and Anderson finished 26th in the 50-yard freestyle (23.93).

The girls 200-yard freestyle relay team of Quin George, Yuhas, Hardy and Olson placed 21st in 1:53.43 and the boys 200-yard freestyle relay team of Capps, Dylan Bobbitt, McCue and Anderson claimed 11th in 1:34.06.

Nichols also took 20th in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:09.39). The girls 400-yard freestyle relay team of Foster, George, Hardy and Olson (21st, in 4:20.82) and the boys 400-yard freestyle relay team of Anderson, Bobbitt, McCue and Capps (13th, in 3:36.48) rounded out the regional entries for Knightdale.

East Wake’s lone representative in the regional, Ryan Worley, was 15th in the men’s 100-yard butterfly (55.68) and 16th in the 500-yard freestyle (5:01.42).

Corinth Holders was third in both the boys and girls 3A East regional swim meets Tuesday (171 points in girls, 220 in boys), and the girls of Northwood (168) and Cedar Ridge (166) completed an all-Triangle top five.

Corinth Holders’ Connor Blandford had two individual wins – the 200 individual medley (1:58.21) and 100 backstroke (53.97).

He also was one-fourth of a relay (including Chris Carter, Bryce Sherrill and Neal Quinn) that was retroactively awarded the top spot (1:45.50) after Cardinal Gibbons’ disqualification.

“It was a surprise (to be third), but we worked hard and expected to do well. I’m happy for how good our relays did,” Blandford said. “It was a pretty good meet for us.”

Quinn (backstroke) and Sherrill (100 free) also qualified as individuals for Corinth Holders.

The Pirates’ 200 free relay team (Bailey Blackwell, Jacob Stokes, Eric Svadeba and Grant Sullivan) finished fifth in the regional.

On the girls’ end, Corinth Holders’ Michaela Carter won the 50 free (24.82) by eight one-hundredths of a second and the 100 freestyle (54.12).

The Pirates’ 400 free relay team – Skylar Potts, Stephanie Grandin, Ashley Heineman and Carter) finished third and the medley relay team (Heineman, Grandin, Carter and Potts) was fifth.

Eagles split games: The East Wake Academy boys basketball team broke even in games played last Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Eagles (5-18, 1-9 North Central Athletic 1A) fell behind late in a 50-39 conference loss at Franklin Academy on Wednesday. The host team led by a single point, 17-16 at the half.

East Wake Academy had two players in double figures – Collin Blank with 18 points and Isaiah Rowley with 10. Tyler Batey led with six rebounds.

The day before, the Eagles broke a seven-game losing streak and picked up their first league win of the season in a 43-36 triumph over Woods Charter at home.

East Wake Academy built a 26-11 cushion by halftime and did enough in the second half to hold off the opponent from Chapel Hill.

Terrance McCarthy had 16 points for the Eagles and Blank added 12. McCarthy also had nine rebounds, while Blank and Justin Lape each tallied seven rebounds.

The Eagles are set to travel to Voyager Academy in Durham Tuesday before returning to Zebulon for a rematch against Franklin Academy on Friday. The Valentine’s Day game marks the regular-season finale for East Wake Academy.

Knights tap out of duals: Sanderson overwhelmed the Knightdale wrestling team by a score of 56-9 in the opening round of the state dual team playoffs on Tuesday at Durham Riverside.

The Knights got their points from a pin by Brandon Skinner and decision win by Nick Lopez. Knightdale lost five matches by three points or less.

Sanderson went on to win the quad with a 42-29 triumph over Riverside to advance to Thursday’s third round.

Ten Knightdale wrestlers will compete in the 4A mideast individual regional at West Johnston High School starting this Friday. They are Tramal Turner, Joshua East, Bobby Samuels, Lopez, Brandon Skinner, Bradley Skinner, Andrew Skinner, James Fleetwood, Lortin Malonda and Tyler Palochak.

Staff writer Clay Best contributed

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