High school swimming: Salisbury girls win CCC championship; SHS boys place second

Published 10:30 am Saturday, January 29, 2022

Sage Huffman. Photo by Wayne Hinshaw.


Lucy Heilig. Photo by Wayne Hinshaw.

Staff report

SALISBURY — With winter weather on the way, the 1A/2A Central Carolina Conference managed to hold the conference swimming championships on Friday at Hurley YMCA.

The meet started at 3:30 p.m. with instructions that it had to be completed by 5 p.m.

It all worked out for the relatively small Salisbury’s girls team that was runner-up in the county on Wednesday, despite winning most of the events.

Salisbury totaled 310.5 points to outdistance Lexington (213.5), West Davidson (203), East Davidson (198), South Davidson (7) and Thomasville (1).

Senior Sage Huffman and freshman Ava Morris won all their events, just as they did in the county meet.

Huffman took the 50 and 100 freestyle sprints. Morris won the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.

Huffman and Morris teamed with Lucy Heilig and Kate Burton for wins in the 200 medley relay that began the competition and the 400 free relay that concluded it.

Burton had seconds in the 200 free and 100 butterfly.

Heilig had a third in the 200 IM and a fourth in the 100 breaststroke.

The combination of Millie Wymbs, Lucy Barr, Courtney Williams and Autumn Walser took second in the 200 free relay.

The CCC has a new look this year with schools such as Oak Grove, North Davidson and Ledford moving up to the 3A ranks.

The Hornets won their third straight conference title. They also won the CCC from 2014-17.

Next for the qualifying Hornets is the 1A/2A Central Regional at the Greensboro Aquatic Center on Feb. 4.



Salisbury had only six boys competing on Friday but finished second in the CCC Championships.

East Davidson won with 218 points. Next were Salisbury (190), West Davidson (148), Lexington (102), South Davidson (23), Thomasville (14) and North Rowan (5).

Jack Heilig was the standout for the Hornets. He won the 200 free and 100 breaststroke.

Heilig teamed with Nate Shaffer, Gray Davis and Wyatt Goodnight to win the 400 free relay.

Heilig, Davis, Goodnight and Sawyer Burton took second in the 200 medley relay.

Davis placed second in the 100 backstroke and third in the 100 freestyle.

The Hornets racked up points in the 200 free, with Heilig, Shaffer and Burton finishing 1-2-3.