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South has two top-10 finishes in state swim meet

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

South Brunswick’s Cody Spencer was a top-10 finisher in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 1-A/2-A state swim meet Saturday in Raleigh.

Spencer finished 10th in the 100-yard backstroke in 61.63 seconds. The winning time was 53.66.

Spencer also was a member of South’s only other top-10 finish, the 200 freestyle relay. Spencer, Jonas Gilbert, Will Spencer and Myles Williams finished seventh in 1:38.21. The winning time was 1:32.66.

South’s boys in the 200 medley relay (Cody Spencer, Dylan Edwards, Elias Gilbert, Williams) were 11th. Elias Gilbert was 16th in the 100 butterfly and Williams was 16th in the 100 freestyle.

South’s women were 12th in the 200 medley relay (Mackenzie Jones, Claire Lane, Kirsten Hennessey and Samantha Pruitt) and 15th in the 200 freestyle relay (Pruitt, Meagan Garner, Kelley Presson, Hennessey).

Only the top-16 finishers gained points.

In the meet at the Casey Natatorium at North Carolina State University, Cardinal Gibbons won the men’s and women’s titles.

Gibbons won its second straight men’s crown by tallying 346 points to 248 for second-place Carrboro. South finished 15th out of 35 teams with 45 points.

Kyle Hites of Hibriten was the MVP of the men’s meet. He had first-place finishes in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke, breaking the 1-A/2-A state record in the 100 breaststroke.

In the women’s competition, Gibbons had a 173-point margin over the field with 403 points to 230 for runner-up Carrboro, winning its fourth consecutive team title. South finished with 12 points.

Kelly Ann Baird from West Davidson and Caroline Smith from South Davidson shared Most Valuable Performer honors. Baird won the 200 free and 500 free, breaking the 1-A/2-A state record in the 500 free. She also achieved automatic All-American times in both events.

Smith took first in the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke while breaking the 1-A/2-A state record in the 100 backstroke. She also achieved automatic All-American times in both events.

SOUTH TOP-16 RESULTS

Women’s 200-yard medley relay

1. Cardinal Gibbons 1:50.75; 12. South Brunswick (Mackenzie Jones, Claire Lane, Kirsten Hennessey, Samantha Pruitt), 2:08.48.

Men’s 200 medley relay

1. Cardinal Gibbons 1:41.38; 11. South Brunswick (Cody Spencer, Dylan Edwards, Elias Gilbert, Myles Williams) 1:54.68.

Men’s 100 butterfly

1. Nathan Walters, Cardinal Gibbons, 52.98; 16. Elias Gilbert, South Brunswick, 1:04.50.

Men’s 100 freestyle

1. Joe Bonk, Raleigh Charter, 48.04; 16. Myles Williams, South Brunswick, 53.70.

Women’s 200 freestyle relay

1. Carrboro 1:42.93; 15. South Brunswick (Samantha Pruitt, Meagan Garner, Kelley Presson, Kirsten Hennessey), 1:58.54.

Men’s 200 freestyle relay

1. Hibriten, 1:32.66; 7. South Brunswick (Jonas Gilbert, Cody Spencer, Will Spencer, Myles Williams), 1:38.21.

Men’s 100 backstroke

1. Elliot Casey, McMichael, 53.66; 10. Cody Spencer, South Brunswick, 1:01.63.

OTHER SOUTH FINISHERS

Boys 50 freestyle, Myles Williams, 17; Will Spencer, 28; Jonas Gilbert, 41; girls 50 freestyle, Kirsten Hennessey, 31; Samantha Pruitt, 46; Meagan Garner, 49; girls 100 butterfly, Mackenzie Jones, 21; Madison McCune, 32; boys 100 butterfly, Cody Spencer, 18; Brian Atack, 21; girls 500 freestyle, Mackenzie Jones, 28; boys 500 freestyle, Stephen Seeber, 24; boys 200 free, Stephen Seeber, 33; girls 100 backstroke, Madison McCune, 38; girls 100 breaststroke, Claire Lane, 25; Meagan Garner, 34; boys 100 breaststroke, Dylan Edwards, 20; boys 400 freestyle relay (Will Spencer, Stephen Seeber, Tyler Connor, Jonas Gilbert), 17.