The Tuscola Mountaineers hosted the Pisgah Bears and the Franklin Panthers in a tri-meet at the Haywood Regional Health and Fitness Center on Jan. 4.

Pisgah was represented by two swimmers, Luke Albea and Luke Gonzales. Albea and Gonzales, who are coached by Scott Simmons of Smokey Mountain Aquatic Center (SMAC), had strong finishes in their events. Albea placed second in the 200 IM (2:34.68) and fourth in the 50 free (28.88). Gonzales captured first in 50 free (24.58) and third in 100 breast (1:21.40).

The Mountaineers Carson Keeling, Nathaniel Clausen, Dylan Lunsik and John McCrory improved their time by 2 seconds in the 200 medley relay for a time of 2:02.

In the 200 free, Keeling dropped 5 seconds to swim into 2nd place with a time of 2:18 and captured second in the 100 back, matching his season best time of 1:16. Clausen placed third in the 100 free with a time of 1:05, a full second off his best time.

Lunsik swam into first place finishes in the 200 IM (2:15) and the 100 fly (:58). Tuscola’s Andrew Delbene captured third in the 500 free (6:59) and fourth in 100 back, matching his season best time of 1:22.

In outstanding swim by novice swimmer, Truongan Nguyen, who swam into a fifth place finish in the 50 free in 29:55, dropping 2 seconds.

The Lady Mountaineers Ella Laursen, finished third in the 200 freestyle, matching her 2019 season best time of 2:37 and dropped 4 seconds from her 100 breast earning 2nd with a time of 1:27. Teammate Abigail Jones, finished first in the 100 back with a time of 1:16, matching her best time from 2019 and dropped 11 seconds in the 200 IM capturing 3rd with a time of 3:03.

Tuscola’s Maddy Hendershot took first place in the 100 fly in a time of 1:12. Payton Thompson placed fourth in the 100 breast improving her time by 4 seconds for a 1:42. Lady Mountaineers, Anna Gore dropped 19 seconds for a time of 7:33 and a third place finish in the 500 free followed by McKenna Ezell who swam the 500 free (7:36) for the first time.

Tuscola Finished second behind Franklin for both teams, earning 84 points for the boys and 74 points for the girls.

The Mountaineers final regular meet of the season is Jan. 13 at the Haywood Regional Fitness Center.

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