2018-19 Swimming Season Outlook | Area swimmers vie for regional berths
By Malcolm Shields
Monday, December 3, 2018
Last winter saw multiple athletes from Camden, Currituck, John A. Holmes, Northeastern and Pasquotank advanced to the NCHSAA 1A/2A swimming East Regional.
The 2018-19 swimming season could yield the same results among the group of schools.
The Northeastern girls will be without multiple-time Daily Advance Area Swimmer of the Year in Emily Breaux, but the Lady Eagles have veteran swimmers.
Early in the season, Pasquotank has shown that it has a solid group of swimmers.
The Camden and Currituck boys will aim to have another strong season in the pool.
Here is more on area swimming:
Coach: Ricki Furlong
Boys Outlook: The Bruins will be led once again by three-time Area Swimmer of the Year Ethan Jones.
During his high school career, Jones has advanced to the state championship meet the previous three seasons.
Jones will swim in the 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays along with the 100 backstroke.
Gabriel Keeling has already established a strong start to his senior season.
Keeling will swimming in the 200 medley, 200 freestyle and the 400 freestyle relays along with the 100 breaststroke.
Senior Christopher Praisler and Nathan Royal will be members of the same relay teams as Jones and Keeling.
Royal will be expected to swim in the 50 freestyle.
Gabe Snyder is expected to help in all events, while Shawn Wallace will contribute in the freestyle races.
Thomas White will also be a contributor to the team.
Furlong noted that determination and experience is the strength of the team.
The Camden coach added that the relay teams along with Jones in the 200 individual medley have already qualified for the 1A/2A East Regional in February by reaching the qualifying time standards.
Girls Outlook: Abigail McDougald (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and relays), Hannah Davis (100 breaststroke, 200 medley relay), and MacKenzie Rollings (200 medley, 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle relays, 50 freestyle) are the top returning swimmers for the Lady Bruins.
Freshmen Paige Strecker, Mackenzie Boose and Caroline Oneal have been contributors this season.
Strecker and Boose swam in youth programs in the area.
Furlong noted that the girls team is large in numbers, which will fill many events, but the team needs more experience.
Coach: Susan Buzzard
Boys Outlook: Gabriel Daneker has led the Currituck boys early in the season with multiple wins.
The junior is one of four top returning swimmers from last season.
Daneker's top events are the 50 and 100 freestyle.
Gabe Hanke (400 freestyle), Caleb Noerr (200 IM) and Evan Scully (100 backstroke) are the other key returners for the Knights.
Hayden Ray is projected to contribute in the 100 breaststroke this winter.
Buzzard noted that the the Knights have strong number of swimmers, but not much depth.
Girls Outlook: Alexis Indoe the key returning swimmer for the Lady Knights.
She has battled back from a hip injury to full strength this season.
Merritt Woodson will contribute in the freestyle events.
Similar to the boys team, the team has strong numbers but not much depth.
Coach: Wendy Kobiela
Boys Outlook: Peter Breaux (100 butterfly, sprint and distance) and Cameron Pureza (sprints) are the top returning swimmers for the Eagles this winter.
Girls Outlook: Julianna Connor, Hannah Evans and Abby Furst are the core returning top swimmers for the Lady Eagles.
The group of three have been key to NHS' success in the relay events early in the season.
Sydney Miller and Krisa Lipinski will contribute.
Coach: Wendy Kobiela
Boys Outlook: Nick Payne, Zach Evans, Chandler Walton, Jalen Haist, Ian Ford and Connor Ford are expected to be key contributors for the boys team this winter.
Girls Outlook: The Lady Panthers return key swimmers Jesse Dennis, Sophie Clarkson and Vi Bui this winter.
Aalysah McClease, Audrey Walton, Jaila Manuel are expected to contribute this season.
JOHN A. HOLMES
Boys Outlook: Camp Morris, Noah Clayton, Shane Spruill, Brayden Johnson, Jack Bobbit, Joseph Colon and Cary Brabble have contributed so far this season.
Girls Outlook: Molly White, Alyssa Goodwin, Sydney Morris, Kaelly Styons, Brittney Coon, Madison Adams, Isabelle Spear, Avagail Lilly and Amy Turner have contributed this season.