• 75°

Prep Swimming: Salisbury girls win Rowan County meet

By Mike London

mike.london@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Salisbury’s girls surprised even themselves at the Rowan County Swimming Championships held on Thursday at the Hurley YMCA.
Led by meet MVP Kathryn Morrison, a sophomore who also was named the meet’s top performer as a freshman, Salisbury edged Carson, 96-91, for the title.
Rounding out the team scoring were East Rowan (38), West Rowan (37), South Rowan (24) and North Rowan (12).
“I don’t think we really expected to win when we walked in here,” Salisbury standout Kathryn Morrison said. “It’s an awesome feeling. The whole team is just very excited. It means a lot to win the county.”
The Hornets frequently have elite swimmers such as Morrison, but they usually fall short against superior numbers. This time the Hornets had just enough, and the points were widely dispersed enough. Salisbury claimed its first county title since 2009.
“It can be tough for the 2A schools against the 3As, but we had some big swims, some great performances from a lot of people,” Salisbury coach Ryan Starrett said.
Carson coach Sallie Pittman pointed out that the first event of the day — the 200 medley relay — was the difference-maker. Carson had the fastest seed time, but the Hornets — Sharmi Amin, Morrison, Callie Alexander and Amelia Steinman — shaved more than four seconds off their seed time and won handily.
“When we won that first event, it got everyone excited and pumped up,” Morrison said.
Morrison won two individual events — taking the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly — and she finished her long day by teaming with Michael Lemmon, Amin and Steinman for a breezy victory in the 400 free relay. That swim clinched victory.
Morrison said her best efforts of the day came in the 200 medley relay and the 100 butterfly, where she swam a blazing 59.31 to win by 16 seconds.
Steinman and Alexander also were huge for the Hornets. Steinman won the 50 freestyle, while Alexander won the 100 breaststroke.
Carson’s youthful Hardman sisters kept the Cougars in the running. Both won two individual events. Shea, a sophomore, won the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. Brynne, a freshman, won the 200 IM and 100 freestyle.
Both Hardmans were in the pool for the 200 free relay, and they combined with Taylor Sever and Olivia Shorter for another victory.
“We’re lucky to have the Hardmans,” Pittman said. “We were close today, but Salisbury just came out too strong at the start.”
Starrett said he pushed the Hornets hard in practice on Wednesday because he was looking ahead to the upcoming Central Carolina Conference Meet.
“I kind of hammered them in practice,” Starrett said. “As the meet went on today, I could see we were starting to get tired, but we pulled it out. I couldn’t be prouder of all of them.”

Comments

Crime

Salisbury man faces drug possession charges after overdose call

Crime

Police: Man charged after children call 911 from neighbor’s house

Ask Us

Ask Us: Who are people behind sign at City Park playground?

Coronavirus

Prison in Salisbury latest site of COVID-19 outbreak

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury Man charged with felony assault by strangulation

Nation/World

Trump vows quick Supreme Court vote, Biden urges delay for Nov. 3

Nation/World

New rule may strip pollution protections from popular lakes

East Spencer

East Spencer draws crowd for annual community day

Elections

In Rowan’s legislative races, Howard, Warren get off to strongest start in fundraising

Business

From Navy SEAL to Medicare agent, Trent Waller looks to continue serving his community

Elections

In 13th Congressional District race, Budd, Huffman differ on government’s role in COVID-19 help

Local

Rowan County Telecommunications joins new state digital 911 system

Education

School board will consider scheduling public hearings for Faith, Enochville closures

Business

Biz Roundup: Food Lion makes donation to support racial equality and justice

Elections

Republicans rally supporters at Saturday lunch

Elections

Budd holds wide lead over Huffman in fundraising, cash on hand

Crime

UPDATED: 1 shot, 5 in custody after shooting at haunted house that attracted 1,000 visitors

Nation/World

Trump picks conservative Amy Coney Barrett to fill Supreme Court seat

Coronavirus

Deadly September propels Rowan County to 100 deaths from COVID-19

Crime

Highway Patrol charges man in hit-and-run after finding vehicle hidden in woods

Elections

NC elections board, Republicans at odds over absentee ballot rule changes

News

Voters struggling with witness rules in early voting

News

Trump expected to announce conservative Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

Coronavirus

County reports COVID-19 percent positive rate of 8%