Vike Girls Making Early Splash
The Lady Viking girls’ swim team is now 3-0 in Cape Fear Valley Conference competition after another strong showing this week at Campbell University.
Union Pines posted a winning total of 115 Tuesday to best Western Harnett’s second-place tally of 87. Southern Lee finished third with 85. The victory marked the third CFVC meet the Vike girls have won this season.
“Shannon Trudeau is my only senior and continues to provide strong leadership in and out of the pool,” said Union Pines head coach Carmen Miller. “As of now, she remains the only member of the team to swim her regional qualifying times in both of her events, but we are hoping to have more swimmers qualify as we head toward the conference championship.”
Trudeau again finished first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:42.32) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:20.12) Tuesday.
Janelle Imbriale also had a solid showing for Union Pines, during Tuesday’s CFVC meet, placing third in the 50-yard freestyle and second in the 100-yard freestyle.
“We have some outstanding freshmen joining the older girls this year,” said Miller. “Overall, the team has really worked hard and backed it up with fine performances in our first three league meets.”
Vike freshman Cassidy Fry took home two victories at the meet. She won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:15.26, and swam a time of 1:11.51 to claim first place in 100-yard backstroke to remain undefeated on the season in both events.
Trudeau, Fry and Imbriale teamed up with freshman Erin Harding to win the 200-yard individual medley relay and place second in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The Lady Vike 200-medley relay team remained undefeated on the season with the victory.
“Cassidy and Erin have both been swimming since they were young," Miller said, “and are very seasoned swimmers for their age. Those two have just been doing a fantastic job for me, especially since they are just freshmen.
“We have two regular season conference meets left before the league championship, so we are really pushing to get as many of these ladies qualified as we can. Our 200-medley and 200-free relay teams are very close too; so with a bit of time trimming we are hoping to have several regional entries.”
Logan West shined for the Viking girls as well, winning the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races. Her times in Tuesday’s events were 2:24.95 and 7:27.35.
Miller said that the Union Pines boys’ team has been doing well despite struggling with “low numbers.”
The Viking boys placed fourth at Tuesday's meet with a total of 38 points. Western Harnett won with a tally of 149, while Southern Lee (49) and Gray’s Creek (46) took the second and third spots.
“Seniors Will Harding and AJ Rackl are leading the way for our team this season,” said Miller. “Western Harnett has a tremendous number of swimmers this season, so we are not going to be able to beat them. But my boys have been right there battling for second- and third-place with Southern Lee and Gray’s Creek.”
Harding won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:01.15 and went second in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing at 1:11.03. Rackl placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke, posting a time of 1:18.09 Tuesday, to remain undefeated on the season in the event.
The Union Pines’ swim teams do not return to action until Jan. 4.
Contact F.W. Manning II at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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