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Swimmers get off to strong start / December 05, 2019
The Comet boys and girls swim teams got a new season off to a positive start by finishing first in a three-way meet with Prince Edward and Heritage at the Y pool on Tuesday.

“It was a good first meet for us. This gave us an opportunity to see our kids versus competition and get initial times,” Comet swim coach Shawn Torian said. “Now we have a foundation to work with and improve on. We got the first meet butterflies out of the way.”

The Comets got a number of first place performances, including wins in the boys and girls 200 meter medley relays. On the boys side, the foursome of Jackson Dunavant, Jake Carr, Shea Carey and Ashton Burton took first place with a time of 2:15:78. For the girls, Abby Dunn, Zoe Talley, Maddie Freshour and Maci Henderson topped the field with a time of 2:24:28.

The Comet boys 200M freestyle relay team of Burton, Dunavant, Carey and Ethan Kirkhart also finished first with a time of 1:59:87.

The Comet boys took a third first-place finish in the relay events by claiming the 400M freestyle — Dawson Epps, Ben Ford, Joe Smiley and Kirkhart teamed up to put in a time of 4:51:16, more than ten seconds ahead of Heritage in second place.

There were many strong individual performers for the Comets, with Smiley taking first place in the boys 200M freestyle (2:36:87) and 400M freestyle (5:41:51). Abby Dunn won the 200M freestyle girls’ race (2:58:32).

Shea Carey earned two first place finishes in individual events, claiming the 200M individual medley (2:49:15) and the 100M butterfly (1:21:80).

Dunavant edged out Epps in the 100M backstroke as the two Comet swimmers took first and second in the event, with times of 1:25:85 and 1:26:68 respectively.

Jake Carr also had a first place finish in the boys 100M breaststroke (1:27:68).

“Hopefully our times will drop at Friday’s meet at GW,” said Torian. “Our points leaders finished high as expected. I was really impressed with our new swimmers, from seniors all the way down to middle schoolers.”

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