Central and Triton swimmers make waves at Tri-County meet

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While Union Pines dominated most of the evening, swimmers from Harnett Central and Triton had a solid showing at the Tri-County Conference meet at the Campbell University aquatics center this week.

Harnett Central finished second in both the boys’ and girls’ team standings, while Triton finished third in the girls’ and fourth in the boys’. Both teams had several standout performers.

Central’s Maggie McCormick, who finished as the runner-up in the NCHSAA 3A cross country state championships, showed off her endurance and won the girls’ 500-yard freestyle by nearly 30 seconds with a time of 7:07.91. The Trojans also took a first-place finish in the boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:47.58. Team members were Will Jones (26.81), Ammon Jenkins (26.43), Jared Stephens (29.46) and Matthew Rogers (24.88). Jones and Rogers also claimed second-place finishes in the 200-yard individual medley and 200-yard freestyle respectively, and Rogers qualified for Regionals in the 200-yard freestyle.

“I was very pleased with our performance today,” said Central head coach Ava Maldonado. “Second place behind Union Pines is nothing to be ashamed of, especially when they have so many swimmers on their team. I’m proud of how we did.”

Triton wasn’t without its own winners. Josiah Beasley racked up wins in the boys’ 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly and qualified for Regionals in the 200-yard freestyle. Scotty Temple also cleaned up in the girls’ 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly. Additonally, Luke Druillard, Gage Smith, Jaime DeMiguel Baez and Marcus Tart all posted times in their events and in relays to compete in Regionals.

“All things considered, it was a pretty good day for us,” said Triton head coach Phil Abruscato. “Josiah and Scotty both did really well to win their events, and we were happy with the way everyone else did too.”

The Tri-County Conference Championship meet will take place Wednesday, Jan. 23, again at the Campbell University aquatics center. That will be the last chance for swimmers to qualify for Regionals, which will take place Feb. 1-2.

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