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Swimmers celebrate successful season opener

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Jackson Dunavant slices through the lane in Comet swim action Thursday. / December 04, 2017
The Halifax County swim team celebrated a successful opening meet Thursday at home against Prince Edward.

The Comet girls’ team won 52-32, while the boys also prevailed, 57-25.

The A boys 200 meter relay team took first place in 2:13.55. This squad included Shea Carey, John Conner, Nick Carey and Grant Nicols.

The B team was third in 2:35.08, including Jackson Dunavant, Jake Carr, Zack Perkins and Will Abdi.

The girls’ 200 meter relay team was second, in 2:33.71. These swimmers are Izzie Rosche, Jessica Watts, Maci Henderson and Keeley Nelson.

Dunavant won the boys 200 meter free in 2:57.67, with Abdi third (3:13.18). Lillian Zhang won the girls 200 meter free in 3:05.78, with Jessica Watts second (3:24.37). Carey won the 500 meter IM in 2:47.65. Henderson was second in the 200 IM in 3:30.91. N. Carey won the 50 meter free (25.62), with Nichols third (29.20).

K. Nelson won the 50 meter free in 32.65, with Rosche fourth in 33.56. N. Carey won the 100 meter butterfly in 1:01.84. S. Carey won the 100 meter free in 1:01.65, with Nichols third in the boys’ event in 1:13.64.

K. Nelson won the girls 100 meter free in 1:14.65, with Henderson second in 1:39.60. Z. Perkins won the boys 400 meter free in 6:33.04, with Abdi second in 7:11.65. Grace Abdi won the girls 400 meter free in 6:54, with Sydney Wallace third in 8:12.10.

The Comets A team won the boys 200 meter free relay in 2:00.03, with S. Carey, Conner, Nichols and N. Carey competing. Halifax also got third in this event in 2:20.53, with Cole, Carr, Perkins and Dunavant competing.

The girls’ 200 meter free relay A team won in 2:17.63, with I. Rosche, Zhang, Henderson and Nelson competing. The B team took third in 2.22.36, with Cori Neal, Watts, Calli Neal and Kim Cole competing. Dunavant was second in the 100 meter back, in 1:35.56, with Perkins fourth in 1:49.65.

Carr was second in the 100 meter breaststroke in 1:31.05, with Conner third, in 1:43.43. Zhang won the 100 meter breaststroke in 1:42.45, with Watts fourth in 1:54.85.

The Comet boys 400 meter free A relay team won its event in 7:00.80, with W. Abdi, Leo Noblin, Cole and John Tayler. The Comet girls 200 meter A free team also won in 5:47.89, including both Neal competitors, Maddie Freshour, and Cole. The B team was second in 6:16.61, including Zoe Talley, Skylar Hopkins, Carey Cole and G. Abdi.

Comet coach Shawn Torian said the team needed to see times against other schools, rather than Halifax teammates. The Comets need to drop times in all areas, but the coach added he was pleased with the first meet. Some Comets competed in new events and they stepped up, Torian said. Now, Halifax knows more about what the swimmers need to work on in practice.

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