Weather again proved to be an obstacle for local Tarheel Swimming Association teams last week, when two of the three squads had their meets delayed from Tuesday to Wednesday and only one of them completed a full meet.
The three area teams compete in the association’s Northern League. TSA teams are placed in different divisions, based on past records, competing against teams in their own division and often those one division up or down.
Competition is broken down into six age groups for both boys and girls, ranging from 6 years and under to 18-year-olds.
Swimmers ages 6 and under are only allowed to compete in two races that count for points, making them double winners at best. All other age groups can swim in three events that count for points, making them eligible as triple winners.
Thunder forced an hour-long delay for the Planter’s Walk Piranhas in their Division 7 home meet against the Southall Seahorses on Tuesday. They made it through the backstroke before more thunder forced the meet to be completed Wednesday, with Southall coming out on top, 259-229.
Kellen Heaney (freestyle, backstroke) was a double winner for Planter’s Walk; the team’s triple winners were Jadon Valles and Evan Peters (freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly).
The Wendell Waves and Crabtree Swim Machine were unable to complete their Division 9 meet in full – even on Wednesday – due to stormy weather. The meet was called in the middle of the butterfly, with Crabtree holding a 195-175 edge.
Jacob Aston was a double winner for the Waves, in the freestyle and breaststroke events.
The Zebulon Dolphins also had a shortened home meet Tuesday. They couldn’t finish the breaststroke before a storm ended their Division 9 meet with the Hawthorne Stingrays, who won 214-131.
Double winners for Zebulon were Spencer Davis (freestyle, backstroke) and Morgan Sawyer (freestyle, breaststroke).
The final meets of the TSA season are scheduled for Tuesday, July 19.
Planter’s Walk hosts rival Black Horse Run, which is unbeaten this summer and has already clinched the Division 7 crown. The Piranhas defeated the Mustangs with the division title on the line last year, but they’ll face a Black Horse Run team that is nearly twice their size on Tuesday.
Wendell closes out the season with a home meet against the Harmony Hammerheads, a Division 13 team in the TSA’s Southern League.
Zebulon’s final meet will be on the road against fellow Division 9 member Raleigh Racquet Club.
Southall 259 Planter’s Walk 229
First: Isabella Glines, Gabriella Garcia, Cheyenne Allmon and Reagan Eatman; Ethan Robinson, Jadon Valles, Jackson Beam and Dax Hardy; Marie Rashleigh, Calypso Glines, Lainey Anderson and Emma James.
First: Kellen Heaney, Rosie Wendt, Nolan Heaney, Jadon Valles, Marie Rashleigh and Evan Peters.
Second: Chad Shirley, Emerson Eatman, Gio Aviles, Libby Gill, Dax Hardy, Lainey Anderson and Brenna Hardy.
Third: Canaan Valles, Hayden Heaney, Gabriella Garcia, Takoda Valles, Mia Stephens, Jackson Beam and Leah Yuhas.
First: Kellan Heaney, Emerson Eatman, Cheyenne Allmon, Dax Hardy, Marie Rashleigh and Hannah Moore.
Second: Jacob King, Rosie Wendt, Reagan Eatman, Libby Gill, Ethan Robinson and Charlie Woodlief.
Third: Emma James and Leah Yuhas.
First: Canaan Valles, Hayden Heaney, Caleb Schaefer, Calypso Glines, Jadon Valles, Lainey Anderson and Evan Peters.
Second: Gabriella Garcia and Ethan Robinson.
Third: Jackson Beam, Emma James, Charlie Woodlief and Hannah Moore.
First: Nolan Heaney, Jadon Valles, Lainey Anderson and Evan Peters.
Second: Libby Gill and Dax Hardy.
Third: Isabella Glines, Cheyenne Allmon, Jackson Beam, Marie Rashleigh and Leah Yuhas.
First: Hayden Heaney, Evan Dunbar, Gio Aviles and Nolan Heaney; Jackson Beam, Ethan Robinson, Dax Hardy and Jadon Valles; Lainey Anderson, Emma James, Libby Gill and Marie Rashleigh; Leah Yuhas, Mia Stephens, Hannah Moore and Christina Benvenuto.
Crabtree 195, Wendell 165
First: Regan Quinn, Frankie Costantino, Michelle Duffy and Carson Hetzell; John Riddle, Ethan Baker, Nathan Bryant and Morgan Sherman; Chip Raynor, AJ Swaim, Woody Raynor and Jack Swaim.
First: Jacob Aston, Avery Schmidt, Mason Hetzell, John Riddle, Lydia Hocutt, Nathan Bryant and Caroline Duttman.
Second: Carson Hetzell, Ben Aston, Gracie Wright and Chip Raynor.
Third: Caleb Pittman, Carson Batchelor, Regan Quinn, Emma Buus and Ethan Baker.
First: Ryan Pittman, Michelle Duffy, Mason Hetzell and Victoria Segura.
Second: Jonah Ridlehoover, Morgan Sherman and Chip Raynor.
Third: Carson Batchelor, Regan Quinn, Gracie Wright and Woody Raynor.
First: Jacob Aston, Hailey Quinn, Frankie Costantino, Ben Aston, Emma Buus, John Riddle, Nathan Bryant and Julia Waynik.
Second: Rhett Lutz, Ryan Pittman, Lydia Hocutt, Ethan Baker, Caroline Duttman and Woody Raynor.
Third: Reed Dawson, Hailey Batchelor, Nicholas Duffy, Ava Holliday and Victoria Segura.
First: Michelle Duffy and Mason Hetzell.
Second: Carson Batchelor, Ava Holliday and Ben Aston.
Third: Nicholas Duffy and Melanie Nicoll.
Hawthorne 214, Zebulon 131
First: Sophia Schneider, Anna Bailey, Morgan Sawyer and Gaby Schneider; Julia Wrenn, Caroline Jones, Gena Parrish and Avery Wheless.
First: Spencer Davis, Morgan Sawyer, Whitley Creech and Julia Wrenn.
Second: Joshua Hall, Paige Robertson, Avery Wheless, Caleb Levinson, Ashley Kerr, Ryan Worley and Caroline Jones.
Third: Zack Pendleton, Anna Bailey, Sebastian Lopez, Aurora McDonough and Alan Lopez.
First: Spencer Davis, Paige Robertson, Whitley Creech, Ryan Worley and Julia Wrenn.
Second: Joshua Hall, Anna Bailey, Aurora McDonough, Caleb Levinson and Caroline Jones.
Third: Macey Sawyer, Zack Pendleton, Gaby Schneider, Joshua Herrera, Macy Pait, Avery Wheless, Alan Lopez and Ashley Kerr.
First: Morgan Sawyer, Zach Pendleton, Ashley Kerr and Caroline Jones.
Second: Anna Bailey and Gena Parrish.
Third: Aurora McDonough.