PILOT MOUNTAIN — There were still several mounds of snow and ice in the parking lot at the Armfield Civic Center on Thursday night, but Surry Central’s swim team was anything but cold in their dual match against East Wilkes.
The Golden Eagles had originally been scheduled to swim against not only East Wilkes, but also Elkin, Starmount and Alleghany, in a quad-meet that was originally slated for Wednesday night. However, the other three schools had to back out because the weather had interfered with their midterm exam schedules. However, Central and East Wilkes went through with the meet, and the Eagles swept it, downing the Cardinals 81-36 in the boys’ half and 88-23 on the girls’ side.
Because only two teams were competing in the meet, several events were run together, and the meet took less than 90 minutes to complete.
Neither half of the meet was ever close. After three events, the Central boys led 21-0, and the girls were ahead 29-4 at that point.
Individual event wins for the Golden Eagle boys came in the 200 freestyle, where Nolan Poindexter won in 2:46.06; the 50 free, where Rico Lara won in 31.56; the 100 free, which Zach Jennings won in 1:17.82; Poindexter again in the 500 free, this time in 8:05.08; the 100 breaststroke, with Matthew Collins prevailing in 1:26.34. Surry Central also won the 400 free relay, the 200 free relay and the 200 medley relay. The only event won by the Cardinals was the 100 backstroke, where East Wilkes swimmers, led by Ethan Perkins in 1:36.39, finished 1-2-5 and outscored Central 11-5.
On the girls’ side, things began well for the Lady Eagles when East Wilkes didn’t even field a team in the 200 medley relay. Central’s A and B teams swam a match race, and the A team won in 2:23.90. In the team tally, the hosts already led 12-0.
Winning individual events for the Surry Central girls were Sara Collins in the 200 free (2:21.92) and the 100 breast (1:24.61), C.C. Roman in the 200 individual medley (3:43.94), Jodie Porter in the 100 free (1:32.23); Sarah Southard in the 500 free (6:17.66) and the 100 back (1:10.71). The Lady Eagles also claimed victory in the 400 free relay (5:00.56). They won the 200 free relay as well, but were disqualified. Since the Cardinals didn’t contest this event, no points were awarded.
East Wilkes’ Candice Darnell prevented a clean sweep of the girls’ events for Central by taking the 50 free in 31.47. However, Hannah Mitchell, Abigail Lambert and Haley Hudson went 2-3-4, and the Lady Eagles still outscored their opponents 9-6 in the event.
Surry Central will return to action on Friday, Jan. 20 at ACC for the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference championships.
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