The 2019 Tuscola swim teams are leaving the competition in their wake. The mens team, comprised of just seven swimmers, had two second-place finishes while the womens team has out swam the competition to finish first in meets against Asheville Christian Academy and Erwin as well as Enka and Pisgah.
The lady Mountaineers placed first overall and the guys (all six) finished second to ACA. There were a number of outstanding individual and relay performances, in fact, too numerous to mention with the exception of Freshmen Dylan Lunsik who achieved automatic regional qualification times in the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 Fly. The team is very close to achieving automatic qualifying times in several other events (girls and boys) 200 Medley and 200 Free Relay.
The Lady Mountaineers scored 160 points to best Enka (53) and Pisgah (10) and there were some notable performances again that night. The girls A (Marna Dodson, Zoe Mina, Abigail Jones, MeKenna Exell) and B (Cassie Todenhagen, Ellie Laursen, Fernanda Piccino and Payden Thompson) relays placed first and second in all three events (200 Medley, 4 x 200 and 4 x 400) and with several absences by teammates due to illness, injury or travel, they adjusted well to some last minute lineup changes and had some great times.
On an individual basis, Ezell (200 free), Jones (200 IM and 100 Back), Mina (50 and 100 free), Piccino (100 Fly), Dodson (500 Free) and Laursen (100 Breast) all scored first-place wins. Jones dropped an impressive 8 seconds in the 200 IM and Laursen dropped 2 seconds in the 100 Breast.
On the boys’ side, with only six swimmers, they scored an impressive 77 points to place second behind Enka (83) and ahead of Pisgah (70). In the last event (400 Free Relay), Enka entered two relays and swam unopposed to rack up 24 points and take the team win.
“Swimming is a sport of numbers, both in times swam and in how many swimmers a team has,” said head coach Kevin Fitzgerald. “Many a fast team have been outpointed on sheer numbers and we are extremely proud of the guys we have and the effort they bring to the pool every day.”
Some great individual performances included Carson Keeling (1st in the 200 and 100 Free), Randall Clausen (1st in the 500 Free), and John McCrory (1st in the 100 Back). Keeling dropped 5 seconds in the 200 free and McCrory dropped 8 seconds in the 100 Back.
Tuscola will host Franklin, Brevard and Hendersonville, Dec. 4 at the Waynesville Recreation Center.