PAC swimmers take 65 medals


Local swim team piles up laurels at State Games meet

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The members of the North Piedmont Aquatic Club (PAC) who swam and won medals at the Powerade State Games of North Carolina last weekend show off their earnings at the end of the competition. The PAC won 65 medals, including 33 golds, during the competition.


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GREENSBORO — Swimmers from the North Piedmont Aquatic Club (PAC) competed in the 30th annual Powerade State Games of North Carolina this past weekend at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. In all, members of PAC took home 65 medals including 33 gold medals in the long course event.

“This was a great meet, as usual,” said PAC coach Leah Tunstall. “All of our swimmers were motivated by having a PAC parent swim along with us, as well as former team members who now compete in college.”

In the 11-12-year-old girls division, PAC’s Lily Gambill took fifth place in the 50 meter backstroke, both the 100 and 200 meter freestyle along with the 100 meter breaststroke. Gambill finished sixth in the 50 meter freestyle and 200 meter individual medley while placing ninth in both the 50 meter breaststroke and 100 meter backstroke.

For the 13-14-year-old girls division, Abby Bruce claimed bronze medals in the 100 and 200 meter backstroke events while placing fourth in the 200 meter individual medley, fifth in the 50 meter freestyle, sixth in the 400 meter freestyle, seventh in the 100 meter butterfly, and eighth in the 200 meter freestyle. Teammate Carly Bullington placed fifth in the both the 100 meter butterfly and 200 meter individual medley. Bullington also placed sixth in the 100 meter breaststroke, ninth in both the 100 meter backstroke and freestyle, 10th in both the 50 and 200 meter freestyle, and 11th in the 400 meter freestyle.

PAC’s Cassidy Hull claimed fifth in the 200 meter breastbone, sixth in both the 200 meter freestyle and individual medley, seventh in both the 100 meter backstroke and breaststroke, eighth in both the 50 and 400 meter freestyle, and 11th in the 100 meter freestyle. Hadly Tucker finished fourth in the 200 meter freestyle.

In the 13-14-year-old boys division, PAC’s Hunter York turned in a solid performance finishing with a silver medal in the 50 yard freestyle while earning bronze in the both the 100 meter breaststroke and 100 meter freestyle events. York also placed fourth in the 100 meter butterfly and 200 meter individual medley along with a fifth place finish in the 200 meter freestyle and seventh place finish in the 100 meter backstroke.

For the 15-16-year-old girls division, Julie Hicks took gold in the 100, 200, and 400 meter freestyle, 100 and 200 meter backstroke, and 200 meter individual medley. Hicks also captured the silver medal in the 50 meter freestyle and bronze in the 100 meter butterfly. Sydney Beck added to the medal count with gold in the 50 meter freestyle and 100 meter butterfly, silver in the 100 and 200 meter backstroke along with the 200 meter freestyle, and bronze in the 100 meter freestyle and 200 meter individual medley.

PAC’s Mikki Nunn finished with a gold medal in the 100 and 200 meter breaststroke while claiming silver in the 200 meter individual medley and bronze in the 200 meter freestyle. Nunn also finished fourth in the 50 meter freestyle, 100 meter backstroke, and 100 meter butterfly before taking fifth in the 100 meter freestyle. Sara Collins earned a silver medal in the 100 meter freestyle, 100 and 200 meter breaststroke. Collins took bronze in the 50 meter freestyle while finishing fourth in the 200 meter individual medley and fifth in both the 100 meter butterfly and 200 meter freestyle.

In the 15-16-year-old boys division, PAC’s Nolan Gilliam earned gold medals in the 50 meter freestyle, 100 meter breaststroke, and 200 meter individual medley. Gilliam also took the bronze in the 100 meter freestyle.

For the 17-18-year-old women’s division, Ashley Hicks, a Mars Hill University swim team signee, claimed gold medals in the 50, 100 and 200 meter freestyle, 100 meter backstroke, and 100 meter butterfly. Hicks also took silver in the 200 meter backstroke and 200 meter individual medley. PAC’s Anne-Louise Tunstall earned a gold medal in the 100 meter breaststroke along with silver medals in the 50, 100, and 400 meter freestyle events. Tunstall also claimed bronze in the 200 meter freestyle and 200 meter individual medley while placing fourth in the 100 meter butterfly. PAC’s Katelyn Southard, a rising sophomore on the Mars Hill University swim team, earned bronze medals in the 50 meter freestyle and 100 meter butterfly while finishing fourth in the 200 meter freestyle.

In the 17-18-year-old men’s division, Alex Duncan took gold in the 50, 100, and 200 meter freestyle, 100 meter butterfly, and 200 meter individual medley. Duncan also earned silver in the 100 meter backstroke.

In the 19-29-year-old women’s division, PAC’s Kelsey Tunstall, a rising sophomore on the Campbell University swim team, took gold in the 100 and 200 meter freestyle, 100 and 200 meter backstroke, 100 meter breaststroke, 100 meter butterfly, and 200 meter individual medley.

Kayla Simmons added to the medal count with a gold medal in the 200 meter breaststroke and bronze medals in the 200 meter individual medley and 400 meter freestyle events. Simmons, a member of the Appalachian State University club swim team, also placed fourth in the 50 meter freestyle, 100 meter freestyle, and 100 meter breaststroke while placing fifth in the 200 meter freestyle.

In the men’s 40-49-year-old division, Lee Beck claimed gold in the 50 meter freestyle while taking silver in the 100 meter freestyle. He said, “We’ve had a slow start to our long course season and this was our first competition. It was great to race again and earn some nice medals while we were at it!”

The members of the North Piedmont Aquatic Club (PAC) who swam and won medals at the Powerade State Games of North Carolina last weekend show off their earnings at the end of the competition. The PAC won 65 medals, including 33 golds, during the competition.
http://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_PACswim.jpgThe members of the North Piedmont Aquatic Club (PAC) who swam and won medals at the Powerade State Games of North Carolina last weekend show off their earnings at the end of the competition. The PAC won 65 medals, including 33 golds, during the competition. Contributed photo
Local swim team piles up laurels at State Games meet

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