The Winder-Barrow High School swimmers were back in the pool for competition Saturday at the Wolverine Invitational in Forsyth County.
Once again, several swimmers set personal records for coach Jennifer Blevins as the upcoming state meet continues to draw closer.
“These kids are always impressive,” Blevins said. “Even if one doesn’t improve a time. There are improvements in techniques somewhere or the simple awareness of knowing where improvement is needed.”
Setting personal records Saturday for WBHS were:
•Ryan Hendrickson: 50 free, 100 free
•Alex Hentenaar: 100 free, 100 fly (lowered his state qualifying time)
•Ian Hentenaar : 200 IM (lowered his state qualifying time)
•Paul King: 100 free
•Sydney Lewis: 50 free, 100 free
•Bijon Mansour: 50 Free, 100 free, 100 breast
•Hunter Masters: 50 free
•Marc Moody: 50 free, 100 free, 100 back
•Jack McDaniels: 50 free, 100 back
“The meet started off a little stressful when Ian Hentenaar obtained cuts on his fingers when he cut them on the pool tile as he practiced a finish during warm-ups,” Blevins said. “We quickly got it fixed and he was ready to race. He ended up earning a faster state qualifying time in the 200 IM with his second-place finish and anchored the 200 and 400 free relays to first-place finishes.”
Quinn McDaniels had been under the weather when he got to the bus and continued to be so throughout the meet.
“Every time he let me know he wasn’t feeling well, I told him that it was up to him what he wanted to do,” his coach said. “I wasn’t going to force him not to swim, but if needed to bail, I would have supported him. He toughed it out and he didn’t want to let his teammates down. His perseverance, throughout the meet, earned him third place in the 100 back, first place in the 100 free and first place in the 200 and 400 free relay. This was evidence of a true athlete. I could not be more proud of his efforts.”
It was also a milestone meet for Lady Dogg swimmer Sydney Lewis as it was the first meet that she started from the blocks.
“She had been practicing for a couple weeks and it was evident in her starts,” Blevins said. “I am very proud of her. She worked so hard on her starts and ended up getting personal bests in her open races with those block starts.”
Ryan Hendrickson has been working at practice to earn his new 50 free time. He had a goal of lowering his time under 25 and he did that with a performance of 24.70.
Marc Moody earned three personal bests and deserved them after pushing himself hard at every practice over the last few weeks, his coach said. Bijon Mansour, who battled sickness over the end of the winter break and the last couple of weeks, managed to earn his three personal bests after only getting in a few days of practice over the last four weeks.
“We have one more meet before the state meet,” Blevins said. “These swimmers have one more meet to lower their times for the state meet and to earn personal bests. The meet at Westminster is one of the most exciting of the season. With a prelims and finals format, some kids will end up racing eight times throughout the day. This will be the true test of who can be prepared and compete.”