COLLEGE BRIEFS: Local Swimmers Make a Splash in College
Former O'Neal swimmer Greg Doughty earned honorable mention All-American recognition for his performance at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Champion-ships held at Texas A&M last month.
The SMU sophomore was a member of the Mustang 200 freestyle relay quartet that finished in 10th place. Several weeks earlier, he helped his team win its 13th Conference USA swimming title, and fourth in a row, with an eighth place finish in the 50 freestyle, a ninth in the 100 butterfly and an 11th in the 200 free.
Doughty was an All-American and a seven-time North Carolina state champion during his years at The O'Neal School. He is the son of David Doughty and Linda Fleury.
Sage Erskine, a former Falcon teammate of Doughty, is a member of the swimming team at Brown University. A successful sophomore season included firsts in the 100 backstroke in meets against Dartmouth, Yale and Cornell.
Campbell freshman Emily Michael enjoyed some success in the 100 breaststroke event that gained her a state title as a junior at Union Pines and runner-up finishes in her sophomore and senior years.
The daughter of David Michael and Linda Ferguson finished ninth in the event at the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Championships held in Athens, Ga., in February.
Three weeks ago, Seth Maness pitched a three-hitter in East Carolina's 4-1 victory over then No. 1 ranked Rice. Last Wednesday, the former Pinecrest star was called upon to rescue teammate Kevin Brandt who had pitched into the ninth inning against a new No. 1, the UNC Tar Heels.
The bases were loaded with one out and the Pirates leading 4-0 when Maness came on. He struck out the first batter and retired the second on a liner to the second baseman to pick up his second save of the season.
On Saturday, he improved to 6-0 as the starting pitcher in the Pirates' 13-5 conference win over Southern Mississippi.
Another former Pinecrest baseball player, Brad Davis, has been named to the Conference USA South all-league second team. A .300 or better hitter in his first three seasons for the Monarchs, the senior captain is currently batting .417 with two regular season games left to play.
Davis missed nine games because of a mid-season injury, but came back as hot as he was before. In addition to leading the team in batting average, he also leads the conference in that department for players with 100 or more at bats. The Monarch right fielder is tied for second on the team with eight home runs and has knocked in 41 runs in 28 games. The Monarchs are hoping to gain an at-large bid to the NCAA Div. III playoffs.
Allison Braswell is another collegian with local ties who has earned all-conference honors. The Pfeiffer University sophomore from Asheboro starred as a pitcher for the North Moore softball team and as a point guard in basketball.
Braswell has been named to the Conference Carolinas all-league second team in softball after compiling an 11-8 record. She was a workhorse for the Falcons, posting an ERA of 2.74 in 124 innings of action.
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