Eastern Alamance’s men’s and women’s swimming teams took on Western Alamance at the Burlington Aquatic Center the evening of Friday, January 10 on what was Senior Night for the EAHS program. Eastern’s young men’s team honored one senior member, Kieler Kunder, while the Eastern High women’s team honored eight swimmers - Olivia Lee, Mattie Wade, Eiona Engwall, Emily Walsh, Sophia Lange, Madison Hartley, Kiley Riggs and Izabella Sciora.
Although the Eastern women’s swimming squad was defeated by Western Alamance, 109-58, the EAHS men’s squad picked up a 91-58 victory over the Warriors.
Eastern’s 200-yard medley relay unit of Doc Engwall, Ethan Brouwer, Owen Sawyer, and Jackson Stokes defeated the Warriors with a time of 2 minutes, 0.69 - besting Western by a full seven seconds. The quartet of Engwall, Stokes, Kunder, and Sawyer also defeated the Warriors for first place in the 400-yard freestyle relay (4 minutes, 9.78 seconds).
Sawyer also prevailed for EAHS in the 200-yard individual medley event (2 minutes, 16.95 seconds) and 100 yard butterfly events (1 minute, 0.68 seconds). Kieler Kunder and Joe Coble placed first and second, respectively, for the Eagles in the 50 yard freestyle event, with Kunder recording a time of 27.31 seconds, and Coble right behind him at 27.34 seconds. Stokes placed fourth in the same event with a time of 28.26 seconds. Kunder also brought home a first place finish for the Eagles in the 100-yard backstroke event (1 minute, 29.37 seconds).
Ethan Brouwer took first place for Eastern in the 500-yard frestyle race with a time of 6 minutes, 12.48 seconds, while placing second in the 100-yard backstroke event (1 minute, 18.42 seconds).
In women’s action, Sophia Lange, the defending NCHSAA state champion in the 500-yard freestyle event, won several individual events against Western Alamance, including the 100 yard butterfly (58.76 seconds), and her signature 500-yard freestyle event. Lange’s time of 5 minutes, 21.99 seconds in the 500-yard freestyle was more than 35 seconds faster than her next-closest competitor from the Warriors. Lange also helped the EAHS women’s 200-yard freestyle relay team, which also consists of Emily Walsh, Molly Widderich, and Sydney Levanthal, defeated the Warriors with a time of 2 minutes 0.98 seconds.
Eastern returns to the pool for another Mid-State Conference matchup on Friday, January 17 - this one on the road against Morehead. From there, the Eagles will compete in the Mid-State Conference championship meet on Wednesday, January 22, which leads up to the Regionals on Friday, January 31. Both the Mid-State Conference and NCHSAA 3A Regional meets will be held in Greensboro at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, located within the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.