Northwood swimmers sending eight to states

Posted 2/7/19

BY don beane

News + Record Staff

GREENSBORO — The Northwood swim team proved that the Big Eight Conference Championship meet was no fluke.

On Saturday morning the NCHSAA 3A Central …

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GREENSBORO — The Northwood swim team proved that the Big Eight Conference Championship meet was no fluke.

On Saturday morning the NCHSAA 3A Central Regional, the Chargers qualified eight swimmers for the upcoming state meet.

In girl’s action, it was Maddie Posse, Suzanne Earnshaw, Julia Earnshaw, and Mia Corrado winning the Gold in the 200 Medley Relay with a time of 1:51.51.

The Lady Charger foursome also captured and the 400 Free Relay with a mark of 3:38.53.

Suzanne Earnshaw also won Silver in the 100 Breast and Bronze in the 200 IM.

Corrado won Silver in the 100 Back and got 4th in the 500 free.

Taking a bronze in the 100 Free and placcing 7th in the 200 Free was Posse while Julia Earnshaw placed 4th in the 100 Free and 6th in the 100 Fly.

“Each of those girls qualified for States in all 4 of their events,” said Northwood coach Sara Graham. “Sarena Gisser, Sarah Beck, Gwen Hoeg, and Katie Foye swam the 200 Free Relay and placed 11th.”

The Northwood girls closed the 3A Central Regional in fourth place out of 21 teams.

The Lady Chargers compiled 225 points in the event which was won by Chapel Hill with 313 points, and followed by East Chapel Hill in second with 269 points, and Northern Guilford in third with 262 points.

Over on the boys side, it was Lars Hoeg, Nate Litte, Sam Earnshaw, and Sean Foye qualifying for states in the 200 Free Relay by placing 8th at Regionals with a time of 1:37.10.

Graham couldn’t have been happier for her relay team.

“This one was a great surprise,” noted Graham. “These boys swam their hearts out and dropped 4 seconds off their best relay time of the year. They out-touched the 9th place team by .24 to punch their ticket to States.”

The Northwood boys captured 13th place overall out of 23 teams with 43 points.

Chapel Hill also won the boys Central Regional title with 318 points while Mount Tabor took second with 311 points, and East Chapel Hill third with 289 points. Rounding out the

Top 5 were Southwest Guilford in fourth with 197 points, and Concord in fifth with 173 points, just edging Orange which closed in sixth with 171.

Northwood will compete in the NCHSAA 3A State Championships beginning on Friday, Feb. 8th, at the Cary Aquatics Center in Wake County.

The Preliminaries are set for 9 a.m., with the finals slated to begin at 4:45 p.m. that same day.


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