Notebook: Green Hope swimmer Hannah Moore named to Team USA

June 11, 2014 

Green Hope’s Hannah Moore competes in the 500 yard freestyle during the NCHSAA 4A State Championships of swimming in Cary on Friday, February 7, 2014. Moore shattered the state record with a time of 4:40.98, nearly 6 seconds better than the previous record of 4:46.69.


Green Hope’s Hannah Moore has been named one of six swimmers to represent Team USA at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. The swimming competition will be held Aug. 17-22.

“It is just crazy,” Moore said Wednesday. “I didn’t think I would make it because their are so many fast girls. I’ve never been out of the country swimming. It is so exciting.”

Moore won the 500-yard freestyle at the 2013 Winter Junior Nationals and added two more top four finishes in other events at the championships. During the high school season, she broke the N.C. High School Athletic Association record in the 500 by more than six seconds.

She found out that she had been selected when her future roommate at the University of Michigan, Clara Smiddy of Miami, called with the news after reading a USA Swimming release.

“I’m still waiting to get the details,” Moore said. “I’m expecting to hear something soon.”

Smiddy and Moore will room in China before reporting to the Wolverines.

Moore doesn’t know which events she will swim in China, although she suspects she’ll be in the 400-meter freestyle. The individual medleys and 200 backstroke are other possibilities.

Wake Forest basketball: Todd Seymour is the new boys basketball coach at Wake Forest. He follows Darryl Robinson, who resigned.

Seymour is a New Bern native and played soccer, basketball and baseball at New Bern High. He has been Roanoke Rapids’ boys’ soccer and boys’ basketball coach for the past two years and added athletics director duties last year.

“He is a tremendous coach,” Wake Forest athletics director Mike Joyner said. “The people we talked to about him rave about his coaching ability and the way he works with players and with students. He has great references and was very impressive.

“One thing we were looking for was a coach who we believe will stay here for a while. I think he is going to be our fourth head basketball coach in six years. There were a lot of schools that wanted him, but he wanted to be at Wake Forest and that was very important to us. He is the son of a coach and has background in soccer, baseball and basketball. We’re very excited to add him to the staff.”

Get the guys out: New Enloe football coach Steve Johnson brings instant credibility to the Eagles program. At Burlington Cummings he won two state championships and played in five state finals. He plans to install the pass-oriented system that was successful at Cummings.

“I hope we can get the kids to buy in,” Johnson said. “We’re going to be making a lot of changes. Right now, we’ve got to find our quarterback and a lot of receivers. I think Enloe has some really good athletes and we need to get them on the football team.”

He hopes to build a program that will interest more players.

“We have some kids walking the halls who could help us,” Johnson said. “We need to get them to come out. We’ve put together a great staff and the things that we teach work.”

Green Hope departures: The Falcons have lost a couple of their top coaches. Boys’ and girls’ swimming coach Lauren Nosal resigned in mid-April to move to Chicago. Her boys had won back-to-back state titles.

Girls’ tennis coach Beth Hedgepeth is moving to Wilmington. Her teams had reached the NCHSAA 4A semifinals twice.

Durham Jordan departure: Durham Jordan must replace six coaches and long-time athletics director David Davis. He has worked at Jordan for 27 years and has been an assistant basketball coach, assistant football coach, head baseball coach and athletics director during his career.

The other departures are: boys’ and girls’ tennis coach Erik Cain; wrestling coach Phil Davanzo; baseball coach Devy Bell; boys’ lacrosse coach Jamie Sliwa; girls’ soccer coach Sarah Kaneko; and boys’ track coach Chris Starkey.

Enloe has posted coaching openings in baseball, wrestling, indoor track and girls basketball.

Holly Springs ouster: Boys’ basketball coach Thurman Jordan was relieved of his duties. Jordan had led the Golden Hawks, 10-15 last year, in all seven years of existence and gone to three straight postseasons.

Pride volleyball: Leesville Road athletics director Jack Rogers announced Erin Hensler as the school’s new volleyball coach.

Hensler, formerly a coach at New Hanover and Northern Durham, replaces Taine Mergenthaler. Leesville Road will host an opportunity for players and parents to meet Hensler in the school cafeteria Thursday at 7 p.m.

Mergenthaler, who took over the team in 2009 and coached the Pride to the NCHSAA 4A finals in 2012, did not complete last season at Leesville Road after being ejected from a match in September. The Pride finished the season 17-12 and fourth in the Cap Eight at 8-6.

Junior varsity coach Christie Dobbin led the Pride after his departure.

Athletes of the year: The News & Observer high school athletes of the year, scholar-athletes of the year and a players of the year in each N.C. High School Athletic Association sport will be announced Sunday.

The final The N&O Cup champion also will be announced. The N&O Cup awards area high school programs for overall athletic success in football, volleyball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls basketball, wrestling, baseball and softball.

Caryn Grant and J. Mike Blake contributed to this report.

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