PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry opened its 2016 swim season in the best way possible on Monday night.
Head Coach Leah Tunstall was very pleased with the performances from both her boys’ and girls’ swim teams at the Armfield Civic Center, as both collected their first wins of the season. The boys’ victory came by 21 points over Elkin and 100 points to Starmount, 109-88-9. The Lady Cardinals won by a difference of 96 points over Elkin, and by 152 against Starmount, for a total score 160-64-8.
“It was a great opener for us, we got a win from both the girls and boys, so that is a great way to start,” said Tunstall.
The East Surry Cardinals hosted their first of four home meets for the 2016-17 season. East Surry reserved lanes 2 and 5, as Starmount claimed 4 and 7, with Elkin having 3 and 6.
The boys’ team came out on top for over half of the events on Monday night. They topped six of 11 events, including the 200 Medley Relay, 200 Freestyle, 200 Individual Medley, 500 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke and the 400 Free Relay, totaling 109 points.
For the boys, East Surry’s first place finishes were claimed in the 200 IM, 500 Free, 100 Backstroke and the 400 Free Relay. Nolan Gilliam received the team’s first-place finish in the 200 IM; his 2:19.10 time gave his team the first set of seven points for first place. In the 500 Freestyle, Jakwon Thompson and Elyjah Thomas captured first and second place finishes, with respective times of 7:17.23 and 7:26.34. In lane 5 for the Cardinals, Alex Butner also gave his team seven points for his first-place finish in the 100 Backstroke. The East Surry boys were the only team to compete in the 400 Free Relay, where they also seized first.
“We tried out some different events, because we have some new swimmers and so that was a great opportunity for us to see how everyone did,” said Tunstall.
For the Lady Cardinals, victories came early, as they captured first-place finishes in 10 of their 11 events on Monday night.
In the first event of the night, the 200 Medley Relay, East claimed first- and second-place finishes, collecting a quick 24 points. Julie Hicks in lane 5 had a time of 2:09.58, which allowed her to garner her first place finish in the 200 Freestyle. Destini Hudson finished second, with a time of 2:25.92. In the 200 Individual Medley Race, Anne-Louise Tunstall posted a first-place finish, with a time of a time of 2:29.92, with teammate Gracie Pruitt right behind her in second.
After the first three events of the night, the Lady Cardinals had already outscored their opponents by 32 points.
Avery Tucker, with a time of 26.50 seconds claimed victory in the 50 Freestyle. Teammate Ashley Hicks was also in the mix with a second-place finish, her time of 27.61 just a little over a second behind Tucker. In the 100 Butterfly event, Sydney Beck finished first with a time of 1:07.84, and just slightly behind her was Anne-Louise Tunstall in 1:09.16. After finishing second in the 50 Freestyle, Ashley Hicks finished first in the 100 free and added seven points to the East Surry points tally. Hicks’ time was the only swim under a minute in the 100 Freestyle stroke. Mikki Nunn swam her way to second place in 1:03.61.
The 500 Freestyle first-place finish came in courtesy of Destini Hudson with a time of 6:31.11. Madison Ramey finished third alongside Hudson. Julie Hicks and Sydney Beck brought home first- and second-place finishes in the 100 Backstroke, with times of 1:05.25 and 1:07.60, respectively.
Mikki Nunn was the first to finish in the 100 Breaststroke, her team’s ninth victory of the evening, with teammate Carley Elliott scoring more points by coming in third. East Surry was the only team to compete in the 400 Free Relay, manufacturing a perfect 24 points as they claimed first- and second-place finishes.
“It’s good for us to get the first one under our belt and to get the season started,” said Tunstall.
The Cardinals also swam against rivals Walkertown and Bishop McGuinness in their first road meet last night.