PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Elkin Wet Lightning have been a force to reckon with in the pool this summer, and this past weekend at the conference championship in Pilot Mountain was no different. Elkin blew away its competition with an overall score of 2184, while Galax (Va.) Maroon Tide placed second with a score of 1553, and the Dobson Dolphins placed third with a score of 1500.5. The overall men’s score for Elkin was 1173, while the women had an overall score of 1011.
Elkin’s Carson Baker had an outstanding conference meet as he raced in five different races and placed first in three meets, and second in two meets. Baker placed first in the boys 11-12 50 yard fly with a time of 34.94, improving on his entry time of 36.30 by -1.36 seconds. Baker also competed in the Boys 11-12 100 yard IM where he placed second with a score of 1:17.62.
Another Elkin swimmer who brought home a few wins was Cameron Burleson. Burleson competed in five events, and won two of the meets and placed second in three of the five meets. Burleson placed second in the boys 13-14 100 Yard IM with a time of 1:09.65. He improved on his entry time of 1:12.01 by -2.36 seconds.
On the girls side, Tessa Cesare scored 37 overall points for the Wet Lightning with her wins in the Girls 15-18 200 Yard Free Relay, and the Girls 15-18 200 Yard Medley Relay. Cesare also placed second in the Girls 15-18 50 Yard Free, and placed third in the Girls 15-18 50 Yard Back, and the Girls 15-18 50 yard Fly.
Palmer Duncan was another points scorer for the Wet Lightning as she tallied 39 total points for her results in the Girls 15-18 100 Yard IM, Girls 15-18 50 Yard Breast,Girls 15-18 200 Yard Free Relay, Girls 15-18 50 Yard Fly, and the Girls 15-18 200 Yard Medley Relay.
Overall, the Wet Lightning had a great conference meet with several swimmers improving on their times that they made throughout the season. Several of the new swimmers gained confidence in the pool, while the veteran swimmers gained new teammates and a new found confidence in their abilities.
With the Wet Lightning season coming to an end, swimmers will go their separate ways to prepare for the upcoming fall season with their various schools. Next spring the Lightning will gather again as they start preparing for their 2017 season, in the hopes of bringing home another conference championship.