Eastern men's, women's swimming teams knock off former Mid-State Conference rivals

The Eastern Alamance men’s and women’s swim teams took on a pair of old conference foes the evening of Friday, January 7, as the Eagles traveled to Eden to take on Morehead and McMichael at the Eden YMCA. It was another solid outing for the Eagles, as both the EAHS men’s and women's teams came through with team victories. The EAHS women’s team scored a combined 452 points, compared to 296 points for Morehead and 80 points for McMichael. The Eagles men’s team scored 388 combined points, compared to 321 points for Morehead and 291 points for McMichael. Combined, the Eagles scored 840 team points as men’s and women’s teams, besting Morehead’s 617 points and McMichael’s 371 points.  

The Eastern Alamance men’s and women’s swim teams took on a pair of old conference foes the evening of Friday, January 7, as the Eagles traveled to Eden to take on Morehead and McMichael at the Eden YMCA. It was another solid outing for the Eagles, as both the EAHS men’s and women's teams came through with team victories. 

The EAHS women’s team scored a combined 452 points, compared to 296 points for Morehead and 80 points for McMichael. The Eagles men’s team scored 388 combined points, compared to 321 points for Morehead and 291 points for McMichael. Combined, the Eagles scored 840 team points as men’s and women’s teams, besting Morehead’s 617 points and McMichael’s 371 points.  

In the women’s races, Braylee Carter earned victory for the Eagles in the 200-yard individual medley competition, recording a time of 2 minutes, 23.09 seconds, as well as in the 500-yard freestyle, recording the best time at 5 minutes, 45.43 seconds. Chloe Scott picked up another triumph for Eastern in the 100-yard backstroke event, posting the first place time of 1 minute, 20.49 seconds, while also placing second in the 100-yard butterfly race (1 minute, 15.66 seconds). 

Other strong performances for the Eagles women’s squad included Catherine Parker, who placed second in the 200-yard freestyle event (3 minutes, 4.17 seconds), and Mackenzie Webber, who placed third in the same race (3 minutes, 8.58 seconds) and also third in the 100-yard backstroke (1 minute, 25.29 seconds). Audrey Hupman added a second place result for EAHS in the 50-yard freestyle race (29.63 seconds), as well as placing fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 31.04 seconds).  

Lillian Bacigalupo placed second for the Eagles in the 100-yard backstroke race (1 minute, 24.75 seconds) and third in the 200-yard individual medley race (3 minutes, 8.43 seconds), while Carson Story came in third in the 500-yard freestyle race (9 minutes, 42.05 seconds) and fourth in the 200-yard individual medley event (3 minutes, 55.18 seconds). 

Sydney Leventhal added a second place result in the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 24.18 seconds) and a third place finish in the 100-yard freestyle race (1 minute, 8.19 seconds), while Abby Brinker placed fourth in the 100-yard freestyle (1 minute, 13.52 seconds). Quincie Loy added a fourth place finish in the 500-yard freestyle race (9 minutes, 54.77 seconds). 

In the relays, Eastern’s women edged out Morehead in the 200-yard individual medley event, recording a time of 2 minutes, 13.09 seconds compared to Morehead’s 2 minutes, 15.01 seconds. The Eagles placed second behind Morehead in the 200-yard freestyle relay, as Morehead recorded a time of 2 minutes, 1.70 seconds, and Eastern came in at 2 minutes, 16.60 seconds. Eastern got revenge over the Panthers in the 400-yard freestyle relay, besting Morehead with a time of 4 minutes, 37.47 seconds. Morehead came in at 4 minutes, 52.84 seconds. 

In the men’s individual competitions, Owen Sawyer brought home wins for the Eagles in the 200-yard individual medley, posting a time of 2 minutes, 14.82 seconds, as well as the 100-yard butterfly, recording a top time of 58.15 seconds. Brett Hupman won the 100-yard backstroke event for the Eagles with a time of 1 minute, 12.18 seconds, while Ethan Brouwer came in first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 14.04 seconds). Brouwer added a second place finish in the 500-yard freestyle race (5 minutes, 49.28 seconds). 

Other results for the Eagles men’s squad included Griffin Auditori, who placed third in the 200-yard freestyle (2 minutes, 51.94 seconds) and Connor Waters, who placed fourth (3 minutes, 11.11 seconds). Noah Wiggs placed third in the 200-yard individual medley race (2 minutes, 46.42 seconds) and the 500-yard freestyle race (6 minutes, 36.41 seconds), while Porter Rutledge placed fourth (3 minutes, 9.49 seconds). Rutledge also placed fourth in the 100-yard butterfly race (1 minute, 31.43 seconds). 

Joel Thomas finished fourth for Eastern in the 100-yard backstroke (2 minutes, 4.46 seconds), while Connor Waters placed fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 37.15 seconds). In addition to his victory in the 100-yard backstroke race, Brett Hupman added a fifth place finish for EAHS among a crowded field in the 50-yard freestyle (26.87 seconds). 

In the men’s relays, the Eagles won the 400-yard freestyle race, knocking off Morehead and McMichael with a time of 4 minutes, 6.59 seconds. Eastern came in second place in the 200-yard medley relay, recording a time of 2 minutes, 2.03 seconds. The Eagles lost a heartbreaker to McMichael, coming in second by just 1.01 seconds. EAHS came in third in the 200-yard freestyle relay, recording a time of 2 minutes, 9.06 seconds. McMichael placed first (1 minute, 46.85 seconds), while Morehead came in second (1 minute, 53.01 seconds).

Eastern’s men’s and women’s swim teams return to the pool to wind down the regular season the evening of Friday, January 14 for a home match against Western Alamance and Southern Alamance at New Millennium Fitness in Mebane. The tri-team match will be Senior Night for the Eagles, as well as the Warriors and the Patriots. From there, the Eagles will look ahead to the Central Conference meet, and then the Regionals.