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Area sports briefs: Salisbury sweeps boys, girls CCC swimming titles

From Staff Reports

SALISBURY — The Hornets dominated in the pool Thursday on their way to capturing both the boys and girls Central Carolina Conference swimming championships.

The Hornets won the boys title by 55 points over second-place North Rowan and the girls title by 51 points over Lexington. The victories keep this season’s winning streak against 2A teams alive. The Hornets emerged triumphant in every meet with 2A teams.

For the boys, Ethan Knorr won the 200-yard individual medley with teammate Miles Robinson claiming second. Knorr also touched first in the 500 freestyle and swam on the winning team in the 200 medley relay.

Maxwell Patel finished second in the 100 butterfly, but the Hornets claimed second, third and fourth in that race as they racked up points.

North Rowan’s Cody Dollarhide finished first in the 200 freestyle and second in the 100 breaststroke. Fellow Cavalier Luke Miller finished first in the 100 backstroke.

It is the first time Salisbury won a boys conference championship since 2003.

In the girls championship, Salisbury won eight of the 11 races.

Amelia Steinman won championships in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. Kathryn Morrison claimed the crown in the 100 backstroke and the 100 butterfly.

Callie Alexander and Sharmi Amin provided a 1-2 finish in the 100 breaststroke. Amin also finished first in the 200 individual medley.

The Salisbury girls also won championships in the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay.

It was the second time in as many years the Hornets won the girls conference championship meet.

North Rowan finished fifth in the girls championship.

SAC softball

The softball coaches of the South Atlantic Conference expect this year’s race to be a close one. Wingate was favored by just two points to win the league over Anderson and three points over Lenoir-Rhyne in the league’s preseason poll released Thursday.

Catawba was picked to finish sixth.

Wingate received seven first-place votes while Anderson got three and Lenoir-Rhyne and Tusculum got one apiece.

Outfielder Kristen Stinnard was the only Catawba player picked preseason first-team all-conference. She started 42 games as a freshman in 2014 and finished the season with a .220 batting average and .923 fielding percentage.

Third baseman Katherine Shumaker and pitcher Carley Tysinger were selected second-team all-SAC. The two started 44 games each and had the Indians’ top two batting averages.

In 2014, Shumaker hit .317 with five home runs and 30 RBIs. Tysinger hit .291 with four home runs and 18 RBIs. She also held opponents to a .177 batting average, had a 1.29 ERA and went 18-10.

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