HUNTERSVILLE — The 1A/2A West regional swim meet took place in Huntersville on Saturday and Forbush High School is slated to send a well-represented group of swimmers from the 2A Piedmont Athletic conference to begin state competition on Thursday in Cary.
As a team, Forbush finished with more points in girls and boys regional competition than any other team in their home conference.
The Falcons’ boys swim team placed 13th overall with 50 points, and the Falcons’ girls 15th overall with 43 points. West Stokes boys finished 19th overall, Surry Central girls, 16th and West Stokes girls, 28th.
Forbush’s Austin Doub, a senior, clinched a regional top spot in the 100 yard backstroke, finishing fourth.
Doub recently was named most valuable swimmer at the 2A Piedmont Athletic swim championship held in Pilot Mountain.
The Falcons qualifed both the 200 and 400 yard freestyle relays in girls and will send the boys to state in the 400 freestyle relay.
Doub and Sierra Winters, a freshman, qualified for state competition in two individual events in addition to relays.
Forbush Head Coach Mark Beuter said, “Pretty much it was a perfect meet for us.”
Beuter said every swimmer cut personal times and turned in exceptional regional performances in the best team swimming he has witnessed.
Individually, Forbush will send to state: Maris Bey, a sophomore, 50 yard free; Austin Doub, 100 fly and 100 yard backstroke; and Sierra Winters, 500 yard freestyle and 100 yard breaststroke.
Girls state 200 and 400 freestyle relay swimmers are: Abbie Satter, Samantha Wooten, Maris Bey, Sierra Winters. The boys state 400 freestyle swimmers are: Brett Fulk, Tate Williams, Kenton McCollum, Austin Doub.
Only the top 12 regional times in each event made the cut for state competition. A complete list of regional finishes may be found at www.nchsaa.com.
Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.