February 25, 2019
East Carolina Aquatics competed at the 2019 North Carolina Swimming Senior State Championships, held February 21-24 at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in downtown Charlotte. ECA finished 8th as a team out of over 30 teams.
Bethany Tart and Madeline Smith both had multiple finals appearances including taking Silver and Bronze in the Women’s 100 Free. Tart popped a 51.25 in the event, just a hair faster than Smith’s 51.29. Tart finished 4th in the 200 Free at 1:51.35. She was also 9th in the 50 Free touching in 23.79, and 10th in the 100 Fly with a time of 57.42. She had a finals swim in the 100 Back, placing 23rd in 58.52. Smith finished 7th in the 200 Back in a time of 2:05.77. She was 12th in the 50 Free in 24.06. She placed 19th in finals in the 200 Free (1:52.75) and 100 Back (57.85).
ECA had some male finalists as well. Conner Wang finished 10th in the 100 Fly in a time of 51.18. Connor Dennison placed 11th in the 500 Free in 4:45.93 and was 21st in the 1650 Free in 17:05.99. Garrett Despres had a pair of 14th place finishes in the 200 Back (1:56.83) and 200 IM (2:01.02) and added a 23rd place 4:49.92 in the 500 Free. Trevor Torres swam 21.96 in the 50 Free final to place 22nd.
The Women’s 400 Free Relay of Smith, Tart, Sarah Clifford and Abigail Burns placed 6th in a time of 3:33.48. The Women’s 200 Free Relay of Smith, Tart, Burns, and Sarah Prosser placed 7th in 1:38.40. The Women’s 200 Medley Relay of Tart, Smith, Burns, and Lilley Grace Blackmon placed 11th with a time of 1:50.86. The Women’s 400 Medley Relay team of Burns, Prosser, Clifford, and Meredith Bullard placed 21st in 4:17.44.
The Men’s 200 Free Relay A Team of Conner Wang, Trevor Torres, Sadler Smith, and Riley Brown finished 10th in 1:28.85. The B Team of Russell Exum, Hodges Tubaugh, Ethan Lawless, and Charlie Jones placed 20th clocking 1:31.55. The Men’s 400 Medley Relay A team of Exum, Torres, Wang, and Smith posted a time of 3:38.36 to take 11th. The B squad of Despres, Brown, Seth Tillery, and Tubaugh finished 21st in a time 3:46.05. The Men’s 400 Free Relay A team of Wang, Torres, Smith, and Exum touched 9th in 3:13.66. The B team of Tubaugh, Lawless, Despres, and Tate Jones finished 15th in 3:18.42. The Men’s 200 Medley Relay A team of Exum, Torres, Wang, and Smith finished 10th in 1:38.54. The B team of Despres, Jones, Tillery, and Tubaugh finished 20th in 1:42.92.
ECA’s Senior team will be back in action at the Eastern Section Southern Zone Senior Championships March 7-10 in Cary, NC.