The Powerade State Games were this past weekend, and swimmers from the North Piedmont Aquatic Club (PAC) took home 25 medals.
Abby Bruce, Hadly Tucker, Sydney Beck, Julie Hicks, Mikki Nunn, and Avery Tucker qualified for the North Carolina Swimming 14 and Under Long Course Championships to be held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center from July 16-19. In addition, Kelsey Tunstall and Ashley Hicks have qualified for the North Carolina Senior Long Course Championships to be held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center from July 23-26.
“The State Games meet provided excellent competition for the swimmers at this point. I am anticipating an excellent finish to our summer season in just a few short weeks,” PAC coach Leah Tunstall said.
In the 11-12 year-old girls division, Hadly Tucker took gold in the 50 meter backstroke and earned silver medals in the 50 meter breaststroke, 100 meter breaststroke, and 100 meter backstroke. Tucker also earned a bronze in both the 100 meter butterfly and 200 meter individual medley.
In the 13-14 year old girls division, PAC’s Sydney Beck took home a silver medal in the 200 meter backstroke along with a bronze medal in the 100 meter backstroke. Mikki Nunn earned a gold medal in the 100 meter breaststroke and 200 meter breaststroke. Julie Hicks earned a silver medal in the 200 meter freestyle along with bronze medals in the 100 meter freestyle, 400 meter freestyle, 200 meter backstroke, and 200 meter individual medley. Avery Tucker captured a gold medal in the 100 meter backstroke, 200 meter backstroke, 100 meter butterfly, and 200 meter individual medley. Tucker also earned a silver medal in the 100 meter breaststroke.
For the 15-16 year old women’s division, Ashley Hicks captured a bronze medal in the 100 meter backstroke. In the 15-16 year old men’s division, Alex Duncan earned bronze in both the 50 meter freestyle and 100 meter butterfly.
In the 17-18 year old women’s division, Kelsey Tunstall took home bronze in the 100 meter butterfly and 200 meter backstroke.
In addition to the individual medalist, PAC had several team members with top twenty finishes during the two-day event including Olivia Marion in the 11-12 year old girls division; Sarah Southard in the 13-14 year old girls division; Nolan Gilliam in the 13-14 year old men’s division; and Katelyn Southard in the 15-18 year old women’s division.
Ryan DeCosta is the sports reporter for the Elkin Tribune and Yadkin Ripple. He can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.