Smithfield: Sports

Sharks, Eels tough in the water

Smithfield's Joshua Waldon swims in the boys 6-and-under individual medley.
Smithfield's Joshua Waldon swims in the boys 6-and-under individual medley.

After seven weeks of competition, members of the Southern Metro Swim League collided at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatic Center Saturday, July 29, for the SMSL championships.

In the girls’ competition, the Edgebrook Eels took advantage of some of the shorter relays to eke out a 261.5 to 256 victory over Flowers Plantation.

The Edgebrook Eels’ relay team of Jamie Adams, Harper Dupree, Leah Meyers and Abigail Vordik won both the U8 100-yard medley relay and the 100 free relay while Julianna Bagwell, Anna Grace Dickey, Lexi Gibson and Olivia Stolz did the same in the U10 100 medley.

Dupree also claimed first place in the 7-8-year-old 25 free and 100 IM finals while Arianna Gernhard topped the 11-12 50-backstroke class.

Paige Bauer, Maya Gray, Faith Raynor and Tiffany Vann teamed up to win the 7-12-year-old 200-medley relay for Flowers Plantation while Hannah Lanier partnered with Bauer, Gray and Raynor for the 200 free relay crown.

Skylar Potts also emerged for the Piranhas and won the 50 fly, 50 breast, 50 free and 100 IM in the 13-14 division.

The Turner Farms Marlins finished in third place at 199.5 points with the Smithfield (SRAC) Sharks on its heels with 195.5 points.

Leading the charge for Turner Farms was Hannah Nolte as she won three events in the 11-12 division: 50 fly, 50 free and 100 IM.

Other multiple winners for the Marlins were Emily Martin (15-18-year-old 50 breast and 50 free) and Morgan Whaley (U6 25 backstroke and 25 free).

Kennedy Wilson won the U6 25 fly and Jenna Tripp won the 50 breast final in the 11-12 age group.

Sophia Torres paced the Sharks placing first in the 25 back, 25 free and 100 IM events in the 9-10 division.

The relay team of Faith Ann Baker, Kaitlyn Cole, Lily McLamb and Torres triumphed in the U10 100 free relay while Chloe Ellis took home the U6 100 IM title.

Katie Simpson represented the fifth-place Glen Laurel Gators (155) well winning the 50 back, 50 fly and 100 IM events in the 15-18-year-old division.

McGee’s Manta Rays finished in sixth and were bolstered by the performance of relay team Kaelin Amaya, Mychaela Brown, Kendall Nelms and Faith Turner who topped the 200 medley and 200 free relays in the 9-18 division.

Juliana Lee took first for McGee’s in the 13-14-year-old 50 back.

Kaila Biondi won both the 25 fly and the 25 breast events in the 7-8 class while Aleana Biondi duplicated those performances in the 9-10 age group.

Myra Beasley won the U6 25 breast for the HealthQuest Hammerheads.

In the boys’ competition, SRAC took top honors with 255 points. Edgebrook finished a close second just five points back.

Barrett Thornton led the Sharks winning the 50 back, 50 free and 100 IM events in the 13-14 age group. Joshua Waldon placed first in the U6 25 breast and 100 IM while the team of Camden Gurley, Logan Harris, Ethan Smith and Justin Thrasher combined to touch the wall first in the U10 100 free relay.

In the U8 100 free and 100 medley relay, Edgebrook’s team of Braeden Hall, Landon, Hall, Alex Gernhard and Cooper Thomas were the class of the field. Gernhard placed first in the 7-8 25 breast.

The Eels’ Jarod Nizen was unmatched in the 50 back and 50 free races in the 15-18 age group.

Brett Dickey, Michael Hoxie, Jonathan Sanchez and Andrew Squires won the 200 medley and 200 free races in the 9-18 age division while Dickey would also go on to touch first in the 15-18 100 IM.

Individual winners for third place HealthQuest were Ryan Fitzhugh (9-10 25 back, 25 breast and 100 IM), Mitchell Langston (11-12 50 fly, 50 free, 100 IM), Wyatt Langston (9-10 25 breast, 25 free), Patrick Martin (15-18 50 fly).

Braeden Barefoot, Fitzhugh, Wyatt Langston and Dylan Leuser also out-raced the field in the U10 100-medley relay.

Samuel Perry (7-8 25 back) and McCoy Carlson (15-18 50 breast) placed first for Hampton Ridge.

Ryan Potts claimed three first-place finishes for Flowers Plantation, who finished in fifth place as Potts won the 25 free, 25 fly and 100 IM in the 7-8 year old group.

Cody Carpenter (13-14 50 fly), Nicholas Johnson (U6 25 back) and Christopher Tett all earned first place finishes for Turner Farms.

Jackson Byrd, Joshua Johnson, Aaron McConnell and Jeff Salhoff took home first place in the 200 medley and free relays for McGee’s Manta Rays. Salhoff added the 11-12 50 back title while Byrd won the 50 breast event in the 11-12-year-old division.

Cody Davis also placed first in the 13-14 50-breast final.