HUNTERSVILLE — Forbush sent 17 of its individuals and relay racers south to Huntersville Friday night for the chance to compete for a state championship, and came out of it with plenty of reason to believe they’ll get one.
Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics and Lake Norman Charter HS played host to the 1A/2A West Regional Finals, and Forbush had hopes coming in of sending some of its athletes to Cary next Saturday for the state championship. For each event, the top 12 swimmers or teams qualified for states.
It didn’t take long for Forbush to come out strong, as Gina Myers, Sierra Winters, Samantha Wooten and Maris Bey finished sixth to qualify in the 200 Yard Medley Relay, the first event of the night.
Myers, a sophomore also would qualify for states in the 200 Yard Freestyle, 100 Yard Backstroke, and as part of the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay. Winters, a junior, also qualified for the 100 Yard Butterfly and 400 Yard Freestyle Relay. Wooten also would qualify in the 500 Yard Freestyle.
Overall, the relays were great as all three of the girls relay teams are headed to states. Another one of them being the team of Abbi Satter, Lauren Holowiti, Sarah Hayden and Maris Bey. Unfortunately, although the boys relays dropped on their times, there will be no trip to states for them except for moral support.
“Relays looked really solid,” Head Coach Mark Beuter said. “It takes a little bit of work to try and get three relays to regionals and states and a lot of our girls really step up. This is the most upbeat they’ve stayed when they’ve had a little bit of adversity. That tells me a lot about them.”
Preliminaries for Saturday’s meet will begin at 7 a.m. at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary. A full listing of Friday’s results can be found online at yadkinripple.com.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.