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Above, Maddie Freshhour starts her leg of the women 200m medley relay in Tuesday’s HCHS swim meet against Prince Edward. Right, Ashton Burton in the 50m free. (David Conner II photos) / January 23, 2020

The Halifax County High School boys and girls swim team faced off against Prince Edward on Tuesday with the Comet boys taking the win 65-15, while the girls tied at 44-44.

The boys won eight individual events and three relays. Joe Smiley and Shea Carey had two individual wins each.

Carey placed first in the 200 SC Meter IM with a time of 2:51.32. Carey also won the 50 SC Meter Freestyle in 29.12; the Comets’ Ashton Burton placed second in the event.

Smiley took top honors in the 200 SC Meter Freestyle and the 400 SC Meter Freestyle with times of 2:36.94 and 5:32.70, respectively. Jackson Dunavant placed second in the 200 SC Meter.

Dawson Epps, 100 SC Meter Freestyle (1:08.22), Ethan Kirkhart, 100 SC Meter Backstroke (1:20.64) and Jake Carr, 100 SC Meter Breaststroke (1:28.91) also placed at the top in their events.

The Comets also owned first place in team relays 200 SC Meter Medley Relay (2:18.43), 200 SC Meter Freestyle Relay (2:02.17) and 400 SC Meter Freestyle Relay (4:54.46).

Team members for the 200 Medley were Carr, Carey, Dunavant, and Burton. The 200 Freestyle was won by Burton, Dunavant, Kirkhart and Carey. Wyatt Nelson, Epps, Smiley and Josh Roberts swam for the 400 team. Halifax also placed second in the 200 and 400 SC Freestyle events.

The Comet girls team won two individual events but also earned two relay wins and had several swimmers place in second and third place to help secure the tie.

Zoe Talley and Maddie Freshhour won individually in the 100 SC Meter Freestyle (1:36.70) and the 100 SC Meter Backstroke (1:19.81), in that order.

Halifax’s Abby Dunn earned a second in the 100 Backstroke (1:40.03). Anna Lewis placed third behind Talley in the 100 Freestyle.

The Comet girls held the top spots in the 200 SC Meter Medley Relay and the 200 SC Meter Freestyle Relay. Halifax won the 200 Medley in 2:42.05; the 200 Freestyle was won with a time of 2:22.63.

Lydia Wenzel, Maci Henderson Freshhour and Talley comprised the 200 SC Meter Medley Relay team. Maci Henderson, Freshhour, Dunn and Talley competed for the 200 Freestyle win. Lilian Zhang, Jillian Howerton, Wenzel and Anna Lewis took second place in the freestyle relay.

Coach Shawn Torian said the night was successful for the Comets and its seniors.

“Senior night was a success,” Torian said. “We swam against a really good team. This was the best energy we’ve had at the YMCA in a long time. Races were close and each team made the other bring its best. I challenged our younger kids before the meet to have their best times of the year and most did.”

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