Surry Central swims past Forbush at Armfield Center


Surry Central makes progress in downing Forbush again

By John Cate - jcate@civitasmedia.com



Surry Central’s Angel Rayo won the boys’ half of the 200 freestyle on Monday night.


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Forbush’s Abbi Satter placed third in the 50 freestyle during Monday night’s meet with Surry Central at the Armfield Civic Center in Pilot Mountain. Her time of 29.95 earned three points for the Falcons in the event.


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Surry Central swimmer Madison Robertson placed fourth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 30.04 and earned two points in the event.


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Surry Central’s Victor Galan finished third in the 200 individual medley to score two points for the Eagles.


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Forbush and Surry Central boys swimmers get ready to begin the 50-meter freestyle event. Jared Hembree, the only swimmer on the block in a bent-over position, won the event in a time of 26.69.


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Surry Central’s Logan Lynch (right) is calling out encouragement to teammates as she waits for the end of the 500 meter freestyle event during Monday night’s meet at the Armfield Civic Center. Logan won the event in 9:09.33, beating not only her teammate Jenna Isaacs (finishing in the foreground), but also two boys swimmers who competed in the event.


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PILOT MOUNTAIN — The second Surry Central swim meet of the season came against an opponent the Golden Eagles had already taken the measure of, but coach Dara Kowalcik was still pleased with the progress her team made from week one to week two of the 2015-16 season.

Last Wednesday, Surry Central opened the season with a tri-meet against North Surry and Forbush at Reeves Community Center, where its girls downed both opponents and the boys lost to the Greyhounds but defeated the Falcons. On Monday night, a rematch with Forbush was on tap, this time at the Armfield Center.

The Golden Eagles improved to 2-0 against their conference rivals, with the girls taking the lead in the fifth event of the evening and going on to win 94-64, and the boys moving ahead in their second event and leading by as many as 20 late in the match before winning 69-58.

“We’ve made a lot of progress,” said Kowalcik. “We have a long way to go, but we’re improving. It’s always a struggle early in the year.”

On the girls side of the meet, the Falcons took first place in each of the first three events, building a 27-19 lead. After a win in a relay to open the event, Gina Myers and Samantha Wooten finished 1-2 for Forbush in the 200 free, and then Sarah Hayden won the 200 individual medley.

The next event was the 50 free, where the Lady Eagles’ Katelyn Southard beat Forbush’s Maris Bey by 1.68 seconds for her team’s first event win of the meet. The six points helped Surry Central close the gap to 34-28.

The Lady Eagles took the lead in the next event, the 100 butterfly. A 1-2-3 finish for Sarah Southard, McKenzie Reaves and Amelia Walsh gave Surry Central a 13-0 lead in the event and a 41-34 overall lead. Katelyn Southard won the next event, the 100 free, and then Logan Lynch and Jenna Isaacs went 1-2 in the 500 freestyle to make it 58-43.

The Lady Eagles finally put it away in the next-to-last event of the night. A 1-2-3 finish in the 100 breaststroke by Haley Stanley, Abbie Shepherd and Belle Brindle put 13 more points on the Surry Central side of the ledger for an 84-60 advantage. A 14-second win in the 400 freestyle relay extended the final margin to 30 points.

The boys’ half of the meet was a battle, which is something that the Eagles can expect a lot this season, with only nine swimmers on the roster. But it proved to be enough.

After the Falcons won a relay event to open the meet, Surry Central took a 16-8 lead with a 1-2 finish in the 200 free, with Angel Rayo beating Alex Beck. Jamie Beamguard won the next event for Forbush, but a second and third from the Eagles’ Matthew Collins and Victor Galan mitigated the damage and Surry Central still led by six.

In the 50 free, Jared Hembree swam to victory in a time of 26.69. A third place finish by teammate Ricardo Lara helped the Eagles outscore the Falcons 11-5 in this event and move in front 33-21. Then Hembree swam unopposed in the 100 butterfly for six more points. Two events later, Alex Beck won the 500 free with no opposition other than his teammate, Galan, who finished three seconds behind. Surry Central now led 52-32.

A 1-2 finish for the Falcons in the 100 backstroke reduced the margin to 10, 62-52, with two events left to swim. Hunter Kepley took the victory in a blistering time of 1:14.37. But the event was all but over by this time, as Forbush had only one swimmer, Beamguard, entered in the penultimate event, and no team in the 400 free relay that ended the meet. Beamguard duly won the 100 breaststroke and claimed six points, but the Golden Eagles’ Lara and Collins finished second and third. Surry Central’s outright win in the relay clinched the victory.

Surry Central returns to the pool on Dec. 2, when the Eagles will compete against North Wilkes, East Wilkes, Wilkes Central, Starmount, and Elkin at the Wilkes YMCA. The Falcons also return to action that evening. They will be at the Statesville YMCA to take on North Iredell.

Surry Central’s Angel Rayo won the boys’ half of the 200 freestyle on Monday night.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMGP0069.jpgSurry Central’s Angel Rayo won the boys’ half of the 200 freestyle on Monday night. John Cate | The News

Forbush’s Abbi Satter placed third in the 50 freestyle during Monday night’s meet with Surry Central at the Armfield Civic Center in Pilot Mountain. Her time of 29.95 earned three points for the Falcons in the event.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMGP0088.jpgForbush’s Abbi Satter placed third in the 50 freestyle during Monday night’s meet with Surry Central at the Armfield Civic Center in Pilot Mountain. Her time of 29.95 earned three points for the Falcons in the event. John Cate | The News

Surry Central swimmer Madison Robertson placed fourth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 30.04 and earned two points in the event.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMGP0098.jpgSurry Central swimmer Madison Robertson placed fourth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 30.04 and earned two points in the event. John Cate | The News

Surry Central’s Victor Galan finished third in the 200 individual medley to score two points for the Eagles.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMGP0114.jpgSurry Central’s Victor Galan finished third in the 200 individual medley to score two points for the Eagles. John Cate | The News

Forbush and Surry Central boys swimmers get ready to begin the 50-meter freestyle event. Jared Hembree, the only swimmer on the block in a bent-over position, won the event in a time of 26.69.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMGP0127.jpgForbush and Surry Central boys swimmers get ready to begin the 50-meter freestyle event. Jared Hembree, the only swimmer on the block in a bent-over position, won the event in a time of 26.69. John Cate | The News

Surry Central’s Logan Lynch (right) is calling out encouragement to teammates as she waits for the end of the 500 meter freestyle event during Monday night’s meet at the Armfield Civic Center. Logan won the event in 9:09.33, beating not only her teammate Jenna Isaacs (finishing in the foreground), but also two boys swimmers who competed in the event.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMGP0163.jpgSurry Central’s Logan Lynch (right) is calling out encouragement to teammates as she waits for the end of the 500 meter freestyle event during Monday night’s meet at the Armfield Civic Center. Logan won the event in 9:09.33, beating not only her teammate Jenna Isaacs (finishing in the foreground), but also two boys swimmers who competed in the event. John Cate | The News
Surry Central makes progress in downing Forbush again

By John Cate

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