Area swimmers set for state meets

Megan Becker of Asheboro, shown here last month, is one of the qualifiers for the Class 3-A state championships. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)

GREENSBORO – Asheboro and Wheatmore had swimmers qualify for this week’s state meet after regional competitions late last week.

Asheboro swimming coach Chuck Hinson said the Blue Comets had their largest number of regional qualifiers in program history as the team was entered in 20 individual events and six relays in the Class 3-A Central Regional on Friday at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Freshman Megan Becker was the runner-up in the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 57.67 seconds and second in the 100 freestyle in 53.87.

Sophomore Maci Columbia qualified for states by placing fifth in the 500 freestyle in 5:39.87 and seventh in the 100 breaststroke in 1:16.83.

The girls’ 400 freestyle relay of Fiona Wolfe-Roberts, Madison Burnette, Columbia and Becker placed third in 4:03.35. The same quartet placed fourth in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:48.99.

On the boys’ side, junior Tyler Smith was sixth in 50 freestyle with a personal-best 23.89.

The Class 3-A state championships will be held Saturday at Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary.

In Class 1-A/2-A girls, Wheatmore sophomore Sydney Hall qualified for the states in the 50 freestyle (26.80) and 100 butterfly (1:06.67) from Saturday’s Central Regional. The Class 1-A/2-A state meet will be held Thursday in Cary.

By Randolph Record