Tunstall takes bronze in 200 IM

First Posted: 2/13/2015

CARY — East Surry’s Kelsey Tunstall captured a bronze medal in the 200 individual medley at the 1A/2A swimming championships on Friday at Triangle Aquatic Center.

Tunstall, a junior, finished with a time of 2:08.77, just a little more than three seconds out of first place. She placed fourth in the state last season and was voted this year’s Northwest 1A Conference Swimmer of the Year.

East’s 400 freestyle relay team of Ashley Hicks, Tunstall, Avery Tilley and Katherine Martin took fourth. Hicks swam to a fifth place finish in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:04.57. The Lady Cards finished sixth in the team standings.

Raleigh Charter won its fifth consecutive girls team championship. Raleigh Charter scored 284 points to 222 for Mooresville Pine Lake Prep, with Lincoln Charter third at 206. Lake Norman Charter was fourth at 167.5 and Durham North Carolina School of Science and Math finished fifth at 128. There were 44 teams scoring in the women’s meet.

Pine Lake Prep’s Alyssa Marsh was a double winner, taking both the 50 free and the 100 bultterfly while also swimming on relay teams that took second and third. She was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Swimmer for the second consecutive year.

Sarah Mandis of Kill Devil Hills First Flight was also won a pair of individual titles, finishing first in the 200 free and 500 free.

The boys meet went right down to the final event, with Carrboro having to win the 400 freestyle relay and Shelby finish fifth for the meet to finish in a dead heat—and that is exactly what happened. Carrboro and Shelby each tallied 249 points, followed by NCSSM and Lincoln Charter tied for third at 179 and Washington in fifth at 169. There were 35 schools scoring in the men’s championships.

Will Macmillan of Carrboro won two individual events, taking top honors in the 100 free and setting a new 1A/2A record in the 200 free in 1:38.85, swimming the lead leg on a record-setting 200 medley relay team and anchoring the 400 free winning squad. He was named the men’s meet Most Outstanding Swimmer for the second straight year.

Carrboro’s Thomas Bilden also was victorious in two individual events.

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