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WHS Swimmers Shine In Season Opener PDF Print
Written by Mike Kelly   
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 02:18

The Watauga High men's and women's swim teams turned in solid efforts in their respective season openers at the Lenior Aquatic Center Tuesday night.
The WHS women defeated Alexander Central 101-51, and they defeated East Burke 95-63. They dropped an 89-72 decision to South Caldwell. The women won five events, led by

Anna Taylor, who won the 100 butterfly (1:08.59) and the 200 free style (2:10.20) events; and Doria Kosmala, who was victorious in the 200 IM (2:32.62) and the 100 backstroke 1:13.06). WHS also won the 200 medley relay (2:10.81).
For the men, the Pioneers defeated Alexander Central 105-45, and East Burke 94-70. But they lost to South Caldwell, 88-78. And like the women, the men also won five events. Marcus Funston led the way winning two events, the 50 free style (24.73) and the 100 butterfly (59.10). Justin Zumbo captured the 100 backstroke (1:04.71), and the Pioneers also won the 200 medley relay (1:54.29) and the 400 free style relay (3:40.94).
"For the first meet of the year, I thought we swam about expectations," said WHS coach David Gragg. "Several swimmers were not competing due to the Footlocker National Cross Country Meet this weekend, so we did not have a full team.  There was a large showing considering it was before the Thanksgiving break, and most coaches are concerned about scheduling meets during this time of year.
"I was impressed with seasoned swimmers who had been out of the water for some time and their ability to get back into competitive mode.  Just as importantly, I was proud of the new swimmers who had never competed before and willingness to try for the first time.  Many of them had never heard of a flip turn before three weeks ago and most had never been on a starting block.  It was a lot for them to master, but I though they did well.  I have relied up my seasoned swimmers to help the new faces understand the whole meet experience.  There are some kinks we need to work on, but we have a dual meet next week, so we will be able to get lots of kids in events."
The Pioneers will compete against Alexander Central in a dual meet next Wednesday, November 30 in Wilkesboro.

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