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Comet swimmers come up short at regional meet

SoVaNow.com / February 13, 2020


After enjoying an excellent regular season and dominating the Piedmont District tournament the Halifax County High School swim teams competed at the Region D tournament on Tuesday and came up short taking a fifth on the boys side and seventh in the girls division.

The Comets barely missed making state competition in the Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay and Boys 200 Yard Freestyle Relay placing fifth. The Comet girls took a fifth in the Girls 200 Yard Freestyle Relay. The top four swimmers or relay teams qualify for the state tournament.

The team of Jackson Dunavant, Jake Carr, Shea Carey and Ashton Burton swam the Boys 200 Medley relay in 2:05.13. Burton, Dunavant, Carey and Ethan Kirkhart comprised the team for the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, completed in 1:46.18.

Abby Dunn, Maddie Freshhour, Maci Henderson and Zoe Talley swam the Girls 200 Yard Freestyle Relay with a time of 2:06.36. Freshhour, Henderson, Talley and Lilian Zhang took a sixth place in the Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay at 2:27.02.

The Comets also garnered some Top-10 finishes on both teams.

Dawson Epps had an eighth place finish in the Boys 100 Yard Butterfly with a time of 1:08.64. Joe Smiley placed eighth in the Boys 500 Yard Freestyle at 6:02.07.

Zhang earned a ninth place in the Girls 100 Breaststroke, swimming it in a time of 1:32.34.

Coach Shawn Torian said the season was a success and he was proud of what the team accomplished.

“This season was a great one,” Torian said. “[The] kids tried their best. We were fortunate to have several new swimmers that really contributed substantially all season. As team we were able to win district titles on both sides male /female. We accomplished our team goal. We had great leadership by our seniors, these male /female paved the way for work ethic, discipline, and most of all how to be a Comet.”

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