O'Neal Boys Win League Swim Meet
Monday was a good day for the O’Neal varsity swimmers in the Cape Fear Independent Conference Championships held at O’Neal.
The Falcon boys’ team dominated the action, winning the conference title by 44 points over runner-up Village Christian. O’Neal’s Eugene Zhang was named the conference male swimmer of the year.
O’Neal swept the relays, with Kevin Duffy, Patrick Wurzel, Eugene Zhang and Carlos Field combing to take wins in the 200-yard medley and the 200-yard freestyle. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Jarred Jenkinson, Landon Teschendorf, Nick Manning and Kyle McClelland captured first also.
Zhang took first place in the 100-yard IM and the 100-yard breaststroke, while Duffy took first place in the 500-yard freestyle and added a second in the 200-yard freestyle.
Wurzel rounded out the first places for the Falcons by winning the 100-yard butterfly. He also added a second in the 100-yard backstroke.
Other Falcons earning points were Carlos Field (second 200 IM and third 100 backstroke), Jenkinson (third 100 freestyle and fourth 50 freestyle), Teschendorf (third 100 breaststroke and fifth 100 butterfly), McClelland (fourth 200 freestyle and sixth 100 freestyle), Nick Manning (sixth 200 freestyle), Drew Martin (fifth 500 freestyle), and Hans Johnson (eighth100 freestyle).
The Falcon girls’ team did some damage, placing third, despite having limited numbers of swimmers.
Winning the 400 freestyle relay was the team of Kendall Field, McKenzie Cooper, Emma Moore and Hunter Atkinson.
Field powered her way to firsts in the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke, breaking her own conference records in the process.
Cooper earned a first in the 100 breaststroke and placed second in the 200 freestyle.
Other Falcons earning points were Moore (second 100 breast and fourth 200 IM), Atkinson (third 100 butterfly and third 100 backstroke), Kaleigh Teschendorf (fifth 100 butterfly and seventh 200 IM) and Wallace Beeson, (fifth 200 freestyle).
Earning all-conference honors for the Falcons were Eugene Zhang, Kendall Field, Duffy, Wurzel, Cooper, Carlos Field, Jenkinson, Teschendorf, Manning, Atkinson, Moore and McClelland.
The Falcons will next compete in the state meet on Feb. 20 in Greensboro.
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