February 8, 2020
Gators make a huge impact at 3A States
Several Gators represented their high schools at the 2020 NCHSAA 3A State Championships today. The men of DH Conley and the women of JH Rose’s both placed 5th.
JH Rose’s women’s campaign was led by Madeline Smith, who was a double event winner in the 100 and 200 Free. She clocked an All-American automatic time in the 100 Free of 50.15. Her 200 Free was an AA consideration time of 1:49.38. Smith’s JHR teammate and ECA training partner Emma Hastings posted an impressive time of 1:50.59 to finish 2nd in the 200 Free. She topped the podium in the 500 Free in a AA consideration time of 4:53.14. Grace McCarthy finished 15th in the 200 Free. Lilley Grace Blackmon finished 15th in the 200 IM and 14th in the 100 Fly. Hastings, Blackmon, McCarty, and Smith placed 5th in the 200 Free Relay. Hastings, McCarthy, Smith, and Noelle De Vente finished 5th in the 400 Free Relay.
DH Conley’s women’s team finalists include Gator Brooke Despres, who finished 13th in the 200 IM. Kristen Ivey finished 14th in the 500 Free and 100 Breast. Despres and Ivey and former Gator Ruth McGee, finished 12th in the 200 Medley Relay. Despres and Lauren Bullard finished 15th in the 200 Free Relay.
DH Conley’s Trevor Torres finished 2nd in the Men’s 100 Free in an AA Consideration time of 44.96. He also finished 4th in the AA consideration 1:39.47. Garrett Despres finished 9th in the Men’s 200 IM, with former Gator Riley Brown coming in 14th. Despres placed 8th in the 100 Back with Brown touching in 16th. Turner Cook finished 13th in the 50 Free and placed 16th in the 100 Breast. Conley’s 200 Medley Relay of Despres, Cook, Brown, and Torres finished 5th. Their 200 Free Relay of Cook, Seth Tillery, and former Gators Jacob Bell and Toby Bryson finished 16th. Despres, Tillery, Brown, and Torres finished 5th in the 400 Free Relay.
Russell Exum finished 3rd in the 100 Fly in an AA Consideration time of 49.74. He also finished 4th in the 500 Free. Sadler Smith of JH Rose won the consolation final in the 100 Free. Rose’s 200 Free Relay of Exum, Smith, and former Gators Harris Casey and Jack Hastings placed 4th. The Rose 400 Free Relay team with Gators Exum, Smith, and Hastings finished 8th.